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Thorverton 4-1 Beer Albion 1st’s

After completely dominating possession, Beer Albion 1st’s will be pondering just how they managed to lose their Devon Football League contest at Thorverton on Saturday by a 4-1 margin writes Mark Rooke. This is the third consecutive season that Beer have lost away at Thorverton.

Thorverton stunned Beer by scoring 30 seconds into the game with a shot at the back post. But Beer soon took control of the game and it wasn’t long before Beer equalised when Cody Bowditch delivered an inch-perfect corner, superbly headed home by Josh French. Throughout the rest of the first half Beer continued to create chance-after-chance but all were squandered; the second half continued the same vein. It seemed that there could only be one winner but it all went wrong for Beer in the 72nd minute when a poor defensive line allowed the Thorverton striker to race clear. Keeper Elliot Driver did very well to block the strikers shot with his thigh but the referee surprisingly whistled for hand ball out of Driver’s area. Thorverton somewhat fortunately scored from the scuffed free-kick which found its way into the far corner to give the home side 2-1 lead. The Fishermen threw everything at Thorverton in search of the equaliser. But the home side survived the onslaught and with 10 minutes left, the game was put out of Beer’s reach when Thorverton converted a penalty after Driver brought down their striker in his attempt to reach a poor back pass. The frustrated keeper was sin-binned for dissent and sat out the remaining minutes in the dug-out. To add insult to injury, Thorverton were gifted a late fourth goal after another poor back pass. Despite the defeat Beer remain well in touch with the league leaders in what is shaping up to be an evenly-contested title race this season. The highlights for Beer on a frustrating afternoon were the fine performances of skipper Charley Skilton and man-of-the-match, Aaron Daniels.

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