East Harling 1-2 Yelverton
The first team entertained junior cup semi-finalist and promotion contenders Yelverton needing a win to keep any outside chance of promotion themselves alive.
Ryan Laws came back into the side as vice captain Bareham was moved into an unfamiliar striking role whilst there was also a full debut for 16 year old Huey Turner-Saint.
The game got off to a poor start for the hosts who saw left back Jake Scent having to be replaced by Sivier after only 5 minutes due to a thigh injury.
This wasn’t to deter the home side though as they took the lead through a Tarft half volley from 8 yards following great work from Bareham and then senior.
The goal gave the home side a huge lift and Bareham was proving a real handful to the usually stubborn defence that the visiting team posess.
After great link up play by Turner-Saint and Allin, then Bareham, Senior found himself one on one with the keeper but was denied by an outstretched leg of the away sides number 1.
Moments later a pin point Sivier pass found Bareham who’s first touch was perfect but the finish was found wanting when once again the visiting defence were breached.
The hosts were now in full control and the away side were finding it hard going with constant long balls being easily dealt with by Woodcock and the home defence of Allin, Laws, Sivier and skipper Durrant back to his best in the heart of the greens back four.
In midfield Scent, Morris and Tarft were constantly probing at the visitors and Senior, Turner-Saint and Bareham never giving up on lost causes.
The second half started in much the same style with Turner-Saint turning his man before firing a cross which had to be desperately defended at the back post.
Twenty minutes into the second half, the away side had the ball in the net completely against the run of play when a corner was headed in at the back post.
Shortly after the home side had the ball in the net when a Bareham cross found Senior to slot home but the goal was ruled out inexplicably for handball by Tarft who was in the back of the net with the ball.
The game then turned sour and leaned in the direction of the visitors as tempers soared and a number of niggley incidents caused a halt in the hosts flowing game.
A series of bookings were handed out in quick succession and amongst the drama the visitors scored from a very scrappy long throw in.
King came on up front as the home side tried to go more direct in the closing minutes but somehow could not find an equaliser in a game they clearly deserved 3 points from.
The result all but ended any hopes of promotion but shows how far the club have come in recent seasons to be dissapointed not to be challenging for promotion as they head for another year in the highly competitive division 2.
Goal action and the disallowed goal will be on this page later this evening thanks to the loyal and ever present Malcolm J Blades Sports Photography.
East Harling 1-2 Yelverton