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Reserves match report

Beer Albion Reserves started off 2019 at the Furzebrake with a dramatic 3-2 victory against Division 3 opponents Tedburn St Mary writes Mike Adkin. On a cold and cloudy but dry day, both sides served up some entertaining football, and the visitors will be bitterly disappointed not to take anything from the game. Beer took the lead on twelve minutes with a well taken if rare goal from Billy Long. Five minutes later, they made it 2-0, the Tedburn gloveman unable to stop a thunderous shot just under the crossbar. However, the visitors were playing some neat possession football at times, and it wasn't a surprise they pulled one back five minutes later to make it 2-1 at the break. In the second half, the Fishermen committed the cardinal sin of dropping deeper and allowing Tedburn more space in midfield, resulting in an equaliser on 60 minutes. However, all the drama was reserved for the lengthy period of stoppage time, with Beer keeper Henry Bartlett lucky to remain on the field after bringing down an opponent in the area after a poor clearance. The resultant penalty was then blasted well wide by the Tedburn centre half, who, a couple of minutes later, brought down Beer's Taylor Rooke on the edge of his area. Ollie Padget then stepped up to strike a lovely free kick around the wall and inside the keeper's right post, and a minute later the referee called time, resulting in a fine 3-2 victory for the Fishermen's second string. Match sponsors Bay View Guest House, Beer, picked out Alex Padget of Beer as man of the match, for his fine all-round performance and aerial domnation.

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