Spiers nets winner as Beer Reserves win at Sandford

PUBLISHED: 09:13 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:13 28 October 2015

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Beer Albion Reserves ground out a 2-1 victory away at Sandford on Saturday, writes Richard Honnor.

The final result of this mid-table affair was significantly influenced by the two goalkeepers, but not in a conventional way!

The first 20 minutes of the game were uneventful but the Fishermen then started to get on top with some fluent football particularly down the right with full-back Jack Prior instrumental in setting up many of Beer’s attacking moves.

Then, on 32 minutes, Beer were handed a gift when the Sandford keeper inexplicably threw the ball casually behind his back to one of his defenders who was not even looking for the throw.

The Fishermen’s alert striker James Spiers seized on this mistake only to be brought down by the defender as he was about to score. Up stepped Beer keeper Michael Westlake to take the resulting penalty and he made no mistake despatching the kick into the corner. Up until this point, Sandford had shown very little but as the half drew to a close they started to come back into the game.

After the break, and with the wind at their backs, the home side were a different proposition. Beer could not get their passing game going and players were frequently pressurised into losing possession. Sandford’s deserved equaliser eventually came after 66 minutes when their striker rose unmarked to head in a corner at the far post. The home side continued to dominate and only some fine defensive work by man-of-the-match Prior, and centre-backs Sam White and Joe Adkin kept the Beer in the game. The turning point came in the 75th minute when Sandford were awarded a penalty after an innocuous challenge by Adkin.

This time it was the Sandford keeper who stepped up to take the penalty but his scuffed shot was well anticipated and saved by Westlake.

The Fishermen took heart from this and, following a rare attacking move, Spiers scored the winner with a great header from a free kick. Beer then resisted Sandford’s final onslaught to secure a hard-earned three points.

The next home game at the Furzebrake sees the Reserves host Uplowman Athletic in Division Five of the Fresha League. Kick-off is at 2:15 pm and the match sponsor is Beer Head Bistro, Beer, Devon.

Beer first team, who did not have a game last weekend, travel to Feniton this Saturday (October 31).

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