HELLENIC LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP: Purton survive Beversbrook test
6:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Latest News
PURTON avoided a Challenge Cup slip-up as they defeated Hellenic League Division Two West side Beversbrook 3-1 on Saturday, writes CHRISTOPHER PANKS.
Early goals from Nick McRae and Ash Gooch put Purton in a commanding position and the Red House side added a third through Scott Campbell after half an hour.
Following the resumption, Beversbrook were much brighter and grabbed a consolation from one of their many chances courtesy of Tee Majoni.
Campbell said: “We went 2-0 up very early, but we had a few changes from our previous game, weren’t at our best in the second half and let them back in.
“Gary Stevens had a great game in goal for us, keeping it at 3-1 was really important.”
Purton started the game at blistering pace and opened the scoring after two minutes, when the hosts failed to properly clear a corner and centre-back Nick McRae tapped in at the far post.
An upset looked all the more unlikely as the deficit was doubled less than a minute later, with Gooch heading in at the far post from a Dave Gee cross.
The visitors then added a third after a misplaced pass in the Calne-based side’s defence allowed Gee to provide another assist as his through-ball was coolly slotted home by Campbell.
After the break, Beversbrook improved and had several chances but were kept at bay by man of the match Gary Stevens.
The stopper was finally beaten after 65 minutes having made a splendid save onto the bar from a one-on-one, which then fell to Majoni, who slotted into the open goal.
Gee said afterwards: “In the second half we took our foot off the gas a bit, but I don’t want to sell Beversbrook short, because they were comfortably the better side after half-time.
“Some players were coming back from injuries and tired a little in the second half, but let’s not take anything away from Beversbrook.
“If not for Gary’s performance, they could have been right back in the game, they had three or four one-on-ones and Gary was incredible.
“They’ve great facilities and played really well, so we might see them in our league before too long.”
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