Devon and Exeter two
University thirds 1
CHAGFORD faced their hardest match in recent weeks but had to dig deep against a young student side.
An unfortunate own goal gave Chagford the lead, in the 14th minute, but failed to dampen the visitors’ spirits and they hauled themselves back into the game with speed, accurate passing and effort. Had they made the most of their chances, things might have been different.
Both teams’ defensive and midfield players cancelled each other out for most of the half. Chagford did strike the post and the students’ ’keeper made a fine stop, plunging to his right to turn the ball aside soon after.
Minutes before the break, Franky Astill-Sheppard netted to give Chagford a two goal advantage.
Throughout the second half both teams fought bitterly but failed to gain an advantage. University grabbed a lifeline eight minutes from time when Joe Hooten outpaced his marker and blasted the ball past Norman in the home goal.
The remaining minutes were tense for the home supporters but their team eventually ran out winners.
Chagford are in third place in the league.
Chagford Reserves are guaranteed third place in division nine as Amory Green Rovers held Millwey Rise Reserves to a draw, on their home patch.
Witheridge thirds take second place by one point after thumping Tedburn St Mary Reserves 6-2.
Kes Hirst and Franky Astill-Sheppard are pictured with their league certificates in recognition of their being ‘Millennium Scorers’. The award was issued to youngsters born in the year 2000 and who scored in their first season in adult football.