Late double lifts Beer

PUBLISHED: 13:28 31 December 2012

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Beer Albion 4, Exmouth Amateurs 3

Beer Albion staged the only Fresha League Premier Division game to beat the weather on the final Saturday of December.

On a day where all but one other game across the nine divisions of the league fell foul of the weather the Furzebrake surface allowed play and Beer took full advantage to back a vital victory.

The Fishermen put boss Phil Crabb through the mill over the 90 minutes as they led at the break only to fall behind twice in the second half before scoring a brace inside the last six minutes to take the points!

Heading into the game with basement dwellers the Fishermen knew that only a win would do as they bid to pout distance between themselves and the relegation berths.

In a one-side first half they managed to get the ball past the excellent visiting keeper just the once with James Melville the scorer.

After the break Ammies mounted a concerted fight-back, took a 2-1 lead only for Melville to even things up with his second, and then led 3-2 with just six minutes remaining when a penalty was slotted by Chris Long to restore parity.

With 90 seconds remaining Adam Wakeley bundled the ball home at then far post to seal a priceless win.

Crabb said: “It was a game that had it all. I felt at half-time we should have had the game wrapped up, but to their (Ammies) credit, they powered back in the second and with ten to play I was beginning to think we’d pay a heavy price for not making more of our first half dominance. It was with great relief when Alex (Wheatley) scored the late winner.”

The victory, a fourth top flight success of the season, and their first since November 17, lifts the Fishermen to 10th in the table and they have opened up a six points cushion between themselves and the side sitting third bottom, Clyst Valley.

Beer begin the New Year with Saturday’s visit to a St Martin’s side beaten just once this term in the league. The Fishermen also meet the Exminster outfit the week after at Furzebrake.

Crabb says: “I feel we always raise our game when we come up against the better sides. We have no worries with injury and so can travel to St Martins with confidence and optimism.”


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