Seaton Town lead two-goal lead slip and have to settle for a point

Seaton Town 1st team at home to Newton St Cyres. Ref mhsp 35-17TI 0106. Picture: Terry Ife

Seaton Town 1st team at home to Newton St Cyres. Ref mhsp 35-17TI 0106. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Seaton Town boss Brendon Willey was left feeling frustrated for the second game running as his team, who had led Newton St Cyres 3-1 with 80 minutes gone, had to settle for a point in a 3-3 draw.

Willey recognised precisely where it had all gone so wrong, something he eluded to saying: “The lads did not do as they were asked. It6’s not rocket science! With 10 minutes left, down to 10 men and under pressure, the game plan was to clear our lines at every opportunity, get the ball deep in their half as quickly as possible and they look to keep the play at that end of the pitch and run the clock down.

“Sadly, the lads did not take heed of what was being asked of them and so it is no surprise to me that we ended up taking a point from a game in which we had worked vey hard to take all three in.”

It was the visitors who made the brighter start and they fashioned three excellent early chances, but mad a mess of each one! Seaton rode their luck and began to gain confidence and they broke they struck first when, after some tricky wing play from

James Hill, Josh French powered a header home.

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Newton St Cyres hit back to level and the sides went into half-time all square at 1-1.

Early in the second half Seaton regained the lead, courtesy of an own goal and that gave them renewed confidence. They began to control both possession and territory and extended their lead when French drilled home a penalty.

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With 10 minutes remaining the lively St Cyres striker rifled a terrific shot beyond a fully stretched Dave Perham.

The goal lifted the visitors and they began to lay siege to the home goal and, from a misplaced pass by Seaton winger Joe Palmer, St Cyres took possession and thumped home what proved to be games sixth and final goal.

James Hill picked up the Town Man of the Match award for his impressive shift on the right wing and Josh French, who continued his rich early season scoring run, also put a good shift in.

Seaton will attempt to win a first game of the season, at the third time of asking, when they entertain Wellington Reserves in an East Devon Senior Cup first round tie (2pm).

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