Stitch2Print Devon & Exeter League division one: Wellington 1, Newton St Cyres 1 

On a wet and blustery Wednesday evening at the Playing Field, our Reserves had to settle for a share of the points in a competitive encounter.

Man-of-the-match was Luke Perry and he is pictured with the team’s kit man Adrian Ridgeway, who sponsored the match ball for the game.

 A long goal kick launched down the slope by Newton St Cyres’ very capable keeper eluded the Tangerines’ central defence for their pacey forward to gamble and get in behind with a one-on-one with keeper Tom Hyam who could do nothing to stop the excellent finish.

The response came on 23 minutes, from a direct free kick taken by striker Luke Perry from 20 yards to the left of the goal, which he lifted over the wall and placed inside the near post past Newton’s stranded keeper.

 A change of formation to maximise the flanks could not yield the desired effect

Half time came and went with the teams searching for the all-important winner, however the pitch became a major factor as the deteriorating surface turned to mud with tackles and defences the winners on the night.

The result however stretches the Tangerines unbeaten run to 12 games and keeps them in third position in the league.

Team: Tom Hyam, Mark Owen (capt), Dylan Groves, Tom Davies, Will Armstrong, Connor Noble, Ned Ogilvie, Oliver Nott, Jordan Sellick, Dom Healey, Luke Perry. Substitutes: Tom Scarlett, Aaron Hawkings, Clay Westcott, Josh Sibanda (used); Jamie Fleet (not used).

Next up are league leaders Winkleigh at the Playing Field on Saturday (March 18th) with a 3pm kick-off.