Lodds strike four in stroll past Stoke
SDFL premier division
Loddiswell AFC 4,
Loddiswell AFC continued their recent improvement in form with a comfortable win at home to Stoke Gabriel reserves.
Both sides started in lively fashion, but after Loddiswell had missed two golden chances to take the lead, it was the away team that opened the scoring.
A mistake in defence allowed the Stoke striker a chance that hit the post but rolled kindly for an easy tap in.
Loddiswell responded well and equalised when Chris Smallridge scored from close range from a Rob Fricker cross.
And they were in front soon after when defender Phil Hatfield scored with a first-time finish from a Richard Gomm free kick.
Lodds made it 3-1 before half time when Mark Edmonds' cross was met by Danny Tucker's spectacular overhead kick, which flew into the top corner from 12 yards out.
This goal was arguably better than Wayne Rooney's famous effort against Manchester City.
Loddiswell finished the scoring early in the second half, with Chris Smallridge getting his deservecd second of the game with a good finish into the corner of the net.
Next week Loddiswell are at home to Devon and Exeter Premier league side Seaton Town in the Devon Premier Cup. Kick-off is 2pm.
Chudleigh Athletics 3,
Loddiswell reserves 2
Loddiswell's reserves travelled to Chuleigh high on confidence from their free-scoring form in previous games, but were ultimately beaten by an outstanding performance from the hosts' 'keeper and a breakaway goal deep into extra-time.
Lodds took the lead twice during the match, the first, after 28 minutes, a thumping shot from Jon Burt after a Tommy Rees flick-on, and the second a great shot from outside the box from Shane Ware.
However, on both occasions Chudleigh came back to level the scores and to take the game to extra-time.
It was during the extra 30 minutes that the home 'keeper pulled off several unbelievable saves to deny Ware, Burt, Davis and Rees and as Lodds piled on the pressure, Chudleigh broke to score what turned out to be the winning goal.
Lodds took the defeat on the chin and but for the inspired display by the Chudleigh 'keeper and the loss of Paul Tucker to injury after 64 minutes, are confident the result can be avenged when they travel their again in the league.
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