Seaton Town battle well in defeat at all-conquering Elmore

Footie. Ref miscsp 43-17TI 2258. Picture: Terry Ife

Footie. Ref miscsp 43-17TI 2258. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Seaton Town travelled to table toppers Elmore with a thin squad and very much outsiders for their Macron League top flight meeting.

The game began as it was very much expected, Elmore dominating possession. Spreading it right to left and back again. However, it seemed Elmore were lacking end product, their final ball wasn’t quite cutting it. As well as that, a fantastic Seaton back line caught Elmore’s attack offside numerous occasions.

After soaking up some pressure Seaton would occasionally carve out a chance, with James Hill as a dangerous lone striker outlet. Soon Josh French found him out on the left hand wing, the ball was cut back to French who blasted it at the keeper. The rebound was met by Max Richardson who netted to give Seaton the lead, completely against the run of play!

Elmore pressure continued and eventually they found an equaliser, but Seaton refused to lie down as Max Richardson earned his second of the game in an almost identical situation to the first and so headed into the half-time break richly deserving of their 2-1 lead.

The second half began very much as the first half with Elmore doing all the pressing. This became a familiar pattern of the second half as it wasn’t before long that Elmore had an equaliser. Seaton tried to remain positive, but Elmore’s quality and fitness shone through. Soon they were 4-2 up and unfortunately the game looked very much beyond doubt.

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Late on, Elmore were awarded a penalty that was, on reflection, a soft one! Nevertheless, the spot kick was duly despatched to give the home side a three goal advantage and, just before the final whistle, they added a late sixth.

Seaton boss Brendon Willey said: “It was perhaps an unfair score line. That said, there were few arguments claiming Elmore deserved anything other than the three points.

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“I felt we put in another good performance, one that differs greatly from the beginning of the season and if they keep it up the team should be okay this season!”

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