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Loddiswell hold off late Barum rally to win cup for first time

By This is Devon  |  Posted: May 12, 2011

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LODDISWELL Athletic won the DCFA Firewatch Devon Senior Cup for the first time after a 3-2 win over Barnstaple Town Reserves at Coach Road on Tuesday night, writes Jim Pearcy.

Barum scored late on but left it too late to get an equaliser.

As early as the fifth minute a chance fell to Loddiswell's Gary Burman but his shot was well saved by Barnstaple keeper Darren Rose.

A minute later at the other end Barnstaple's Ed Yeo saw his shot rebound off Loddiswell keeper Gary Turner but Craig Sandle's follow-up effort struck the post.

On 13 minutes Loddiswell took the lead when a cross-come-shot from the left by man of the match Alan Maher, sailed over Rose's head as the Barnstaple keeper seemed distracted by the strength of the evening sun.

Five minutes later a cross by Loddiswell's overlapping full-back Rob Tapper found striker Chris Smallridge but his header went fractionally wide.

Back came Barnstaple and a cross by Josh Pearce saw a header by Sam Box brilliantly saved by the outstretched arms of Turner.

Four minutes later Loddiswell's Maher accelerated on the left flank and put over a cross but both Matt Price and Smallridge had shots blocked in succession.

Loddiswell continued on the attack and on 38 minutes netted a second when Price set up Lee Hammett to fire home from 18 yards.

The 40th minute then produced two goals.

Firstly, Barnstaple's Yeo leapt high and scored with a header from a corner.

But, straight from the kick-off, Loddiswell restored their two-goal lead when Myles Chalcraft scored a cracker of a goal. He hit a waist-high volley from all of 25 yards, which entered the top left hand corner of the Barnstaple net like a rocket.

Either side of the interval Barnstaple's Sandle and Pearce both had efforts plucked from under the bar by Turner.

Four minutes after the break both sides received two cautions, mainly for over-active tackles and on 62 minutes Loddiswell lost a player for a second bookable offence.

Barnstaple then upped the pressure. Josh Heathfield, with a shot on the turn, was just wide and had a cross evade a host of players. Tim Watson, when well-placed, headed into keeper Turner's arms. Turner then had to dive at the feet of Yeo to save and did well to cut out a Sandle free kick in a crowed goal area.

In the 89th minute Barnstaple's pressure was rewarded when Watson headed home from 12 yards.

But it proved to be too little, too late as Loddiswell held on to win.

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