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Late strike sinks Mids again

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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Mid-Somerset 2 University of Exeter E 3

Mid-Somerset slipped to a third Central 1 defeat in succession when an Exeter goal five minutes from time ended their hopes of a remarkable comeback.

The home side were slow out of the blocks and Exeter were quick to punish them with several good breaks. The visitors held most of the possession and it was not long before they took a 2-0 lead.

Exeter's greater fitness helped them maintain the pressure on Josh Middleton's goal but he made several good saves to deny them more success before half-time. Mids created chances themselves but it was not until the second half when they made them count.

Inspired by man of the match Rob Newman, Mids pressed the visiting defence and forced them into errors. Will Mandil capitalised on one such mistake to drive towards goal and his shot was deflected against the backboards by the keeper.

This strike flustered the university side and Mids levelled the scores five minutes later when captain Roger Knife fired home. Again the shot took a deflection, this time off a defender, on its way into the goal.

Mids won several short corners as they pushed for a winner but they suffered the ultimate heartbreak when Exeter snatched the points at the death.

The visitors were awarded a short corner of their own and a scuffed shot skidded under Middleton to give them all three points.

On Saturday, Mids travel to Bristol to take on league leaders Firebrands.

Teign A 5 Mid-Somerset A 1

A trip to Dawlish to take on Teign proved a tough task for Mid-Somerset's second string as they crashed to a heavy reverse.

Missing several of their most influential players, the visitors were always going to be up against it, with the situation compounded when one car got lost, forcing Mids to play the first 25 minutes with nine men.

They were still in the game at half-time, with Teign only able to build up a 1-0 lead, although the hosts added a second soon after the restart.

A deflected strike from Ollie Smart cut the deficit to a single goal but little else went Mids' way before the final whistle as Teign added three further goals.

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