HELLENIC LEAGUE: McRae's dream comeback after year out
NICK McRae made a triumphant return to Hellenic League football with Purton as he scored in the 7-0 thumping of Letcombe.
The centre-half has been out for more than a year with a knee injury but was on the scoresheet in the emphatic Division One West win.
Also scoring for a Red House side in Oxfordshire were Blaine Fitzgerald (3), Marcus Hall, Jamie McGahey and Scott Campbell.
“Nick is a nice lad who has had a terrible injury that he has done well to come back from,” said assistant boss Steve Hall.
“He played well during the game and struck the ball first-time to score a good goal.
“It was a good result for us. To be fair to Letcombe they have a young side and were down on strength, but they battled well.
“It was a comfortable win, which we expected when we saw the team they put out.”
Meanwhile, in the Hellenic Premier, boss Dave Turner bemoaned a 10-minute slump that saw his Shrivenham side spiral to a 4-1 defeat at home to Ascot.
Shrivvy were level with their rivals after the opening period at Barrington Park but the game quickly disappeared out of sight early in the second half.
Joe Gritt fired the visitors in front four minutes into the second half and soon after Matt Jones doubled the advantage.
Shrivvy quickly pulled one back only for the Berkshire outfit to net their third goal in 10 minutes when Jermaine Roche converted a penalty after Jones was brought down.
Midway through the second half, Lee Boon tucked away number four and that was how it stayed.
Turner was left bemused by how the game had turned out, but admitted his team had deserved defeat based on what transpired in the second-half.
“It was a mad 10 minutes that cost us,” said Turner.
“You couldn’t have picked a winner at half-time and you certainly couldn’t have predicted the scoreline we ended up with.
“We shot ourselves in the foot because we went to sleep for a 10-minute period and they scored three quick goals.
“It’s very difficult to come back at this level when you are 3-0 down.
“I’ve got no argument, their second-half performance was better than ours and they deserved the win.
“At this level you have to compete for 90 minutes and we have to learn from it.”
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