SWPL EAST Crediton United 2 Ivybridge Town 0

Ivys 600x600Ivybridge Town suffered only their third defeat in 17 league games when they lost 2-0 at Crediton in the South West Peninsula League on Saturday.

The defeat enabled Okehampton Argyle to take over at the top of the East Division table following a 4-1 win over Dartmouth while Crediton climbed above Ivybridge into second spot. Ivybridge are third, three points adrift of Okehampton with a game in hand.

It proved a difficult afternoon for Ivybridge, who fell behind to two first half goals and it could have been more but for some good saves by goalkeeper Kane Gregory.

Ryan White opened the scoring for Crediton with a close range shot after 25 minutes and Aiden Whitfield added the second with a header from a cross by Kevin Pike five minutes before the interval.

Adding to the Ivybridge problems were periods in the sin bin for skipper and centre half Scott Pocock in the first half and striker Jordan Ewing during the second period.

Ivybridge manager Darren Stewart said: “Fair play to Crediton. They worked hard for their win while we struggled to find any momentum.

“We could not complain at being two down at half-time and it could have been a lot worse but for a couple of fine saves by Kane Gregory. We made some changes at half-time and showed some improvement but it was not enough.

“Having two players in the sin bin did not help. It meant we had to play 20 minutes with ten men.”

On a positive note, Jacob Bowker came on as substitute in the closing stages without any problems following his recent injury.

Ivybridge are in action again tomorrow evening (Nov 8) when they visit Brixham in the Devon St Luke’s Bowl.

Stewart says: “That match will be a good opportunity for us to bounce back quickly.”

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