Cranbrook show good character to twice bounce back in draw at Sidmouth Town

PUBLISHED: 15:40 19 October 2020 | UPDATED: 15:40 19 October 2020

Football on pitch

Football on pitch

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Cranbrook shared four goals in their Joma Devon & Exeter League Division Two East game at Sidmouth Town thirds.

The home team struck first, but parity was swiftly restored with Cranbrook skipper Ric Capenter netting from the penalty spot after winger Dan MacDonald had been felled in the area.

Early in the second half a well-struck free-kick nestled in the Cranbrook net to give the home side a 2-1 lead.

However, once again the visiting side found a swift answer and things were evened up by a fine finish from Reece Saunders.

Both teams went in search of a winner, but there were no further goals and so honours ended even.

Cranbrook boss Jon Martin said: “We went to Manstone Lane expecting a tough game for we were aware that the Sidmouth Town second team were without a game.

“We started well and dominated early proceedings, but yet again our on-going problem of being unable to tuck away chances reared its ugly head!”

He continued: “on the plus side, I have to be pleased that we have bounced back twice, and quickly, after falling behind, for that shows character in the team

“Overall, it was a decent display, but we never got ahead in the game and that is what ultimately cost us.”

In terms of individual performances, the Cranbrook boss said: “Everyone played well, but Dan MacDonald was outstanding

“When he plays like that that he’s almost unplayable!”

He continued|: “At the moment we are suffering as we are without three of arguably our best players: club captain Tom Taylor is injured, Jordan Wilkinson is suspended and Paddy O’Loughlin isn’t well, so I am hoping we can call on that particular trio’s services sooner rather than later!”

This Saturday, Cranbrook, who sit fifth on seven points entertain Sidmouth Reserves in a swift return league meeting. The Vikings third team remain just one place above Cranbrook in the table.

Cranbrook boss Jon Martin says: “Once again we face a Town side who may well be boosted in strength given their second team are again without a match – but it was it is and we’ll give it our best.”

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