Somers stars again as Colyton bag worthy point at Beacon Knights
PUBLISHED: 13:32 06 April 2011
FOR the second week running Colyton were without influential players Tratt and Waddon, making a trip to high flying Beacon Knights an even sterner test.
Knights, sitting second in the league, went into the game having beaten promotion rivals Civil Service in their previous outing.
The home side were comfortable in possession, playing from the back at every opportunity.
Callum Somers, again playing as the lone striker, covered every inch of the pitch, pressuring the Knights defence, eventually gaining some reward as he robbed the ball near the corner to feed Jimmy Richards whose shot whistled past the post.
This proved to be the Tanners best chance of the half which was shaded by the hosts.
At the break Colyton were possibly a little fortunate to be level, Kris Reid keeping them in the game with a fine stop from Beacon’s striker, on the only occasion he broke through the excellent Colyton defensive line.
However, Colyton had become a little too negative as the half wore on, so were encouraged to show more bravery in the second period.
This tactic paid dividends within ten minutes of the re-start when Jimmy Richards forced the Exeter sides defence into conceding a throw in.
Somers received the ball and crossed for Nathan Maddocks to finish at the near post.
Fifteen minutes later it got even better for the Tanners as Richards pressured the Knights full back into heading past his own keeper to put Colyton two goals to the good.
Beacon Knights proved their worth by pushing men forward. A missed tackle on the edge of the box allowed the home striker to steal in and score to make the last ten minutes very tense.
With just three minutes remaining Colyton conceded a free kick in the opposing half. With tired legs and minds the Tanners dropped way too deep to defend the kick, and, two touches later, Knights had gained a draw with a wonder header from fully 16 yards.
Colyton glovesman Reid, who had been solid all day, had no chance as it flew past him into the top corner.
Colyton’s Keith Somers said: “A great performance by the whole team with Cal Somers shading the individual honours for his incredible work rate. The team show deserved to bring something home – probably more then the share of the spoils! It is certainly a strange feeling to gain a point away from home against one of the best sides in the league, and yet feel very disappointed on the journey home!”