Crediton United 1-3 Brixham
CREDITON United squandered some great opportunities to score during Friday night’s (March 25) 3-1 defeat at home to Brixham.
The visitors, who are pushing for promotion from the Peninsula Premier East division, found the net through Kieran Parkin, Danny Gaze and Scott Robinson. Steve Goss replied for the home side.
It was the travellers who began the brighter of the two sides, having penalty appeals waved away as early on as the fourth minute.
Robinson then had two decent attempts well kept out by Crediton stopper Sam Borthwick, either side of a Reece Somers header which went straight into the grateful keeper’s gloves.
Somers would send another headed effort wide of the mark before the hosts fashioned their first real effort – Leyton Cooper’s shot well saved by travelling custodian Dom Aplin.
Four minutes before the break Brixham found a breakthrough when a cut-back from the byline found Parkin on the edge of the box who drilled it into the bottom of the corner.
Crediton came out galvanised after the break and it only took 11 minutes for them to get back on level terms.
An extended spell of pressure eventually resulted in the ball finding Goss, who struck through a crowd of defenders to beat the stranded Aplin via the far post.
Parity was short-lived, though, as two minutes later a handball in the area saw referee Bailey Walker point to the spot. Gaze squeezed the resulting spot-kick under Borthwick.
Seventeen minutes from time Brixham got a third when Robinson found the far corner, but there was still time for Crediton to mount a late charge.
First Sam Stapleton was denied by the feet of Aplin, before the stand-in Brixham keeper produced again to deny what looked a certain goal for Kenny Ord.
This Saturday, 16th-placed Crediton – who were due to travel to Elmore on Tuesday night – make the trip to Honiton Town (3pm).
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