SWPL EAST Torrington 1 Ivybridge Town 1

LEADING scorer Jordan Ewing grabbed a late equaliser as Ivybridge picked up an away point from their 1-1 draw at Torrington in the South West Peninsula League on Saturday.

The first half proved goalless with Ivybridge failing to find the finishing touch despite playing well and creating some good openings.

Ivybridge were left reflecting on those missed opportunities when Torrington took the lead in the 52nd minute with a shot from George Nancekivell which flew into the top corner.

Goalkeeper Brodie Cole had no chance on his debut for Ivybridge after being signed from St Blazey. He was replacing Kane Gregory who was ruled out after twisting his ankle in the midweek game at Brixham.

Despite falling behind, Ivybridge showed the right spirit to keep battling and were rewarded when Ewing struck in the 85th minute for his 15th goal of the season. He was on hand to apply the finishing touch when the ball ran loose after skipper Scott Pocock challenged the home goalkeeper.

In the closing stages Ivybridge threw everything into an attempt to secure the winner and were frustrated when their penalty appeals were rejected after Ewing appeared to be upended in the box.

Ivybridge manager Darren Stewart said: “Torrington put players behind the ball, and it was difficult for us to play our style of football. Once they scored their goal they played deep and we had to become more direct.

“We got in a number of crosses but did not find the necessary opportunities.”

The draw sees Ivybridge third in the East Division, four points behind second placed Crediton and five adrift of leaders Okehampton with a game in hand.

After a run of three successive away matches, Ivybridge now have a couple of home fixtures with Elmore due at Erme Valley on Saturday (Nov 19) followed by Sidmouth a week later (Nov 26).

Stewart said: “It will be good to get back to a regular pattern of weekly games after a hectic period. We are limping along at the moment with a number of injuries so we will welcome the chance to get more players available.”

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