Saturday, February 8
Kitchen Kit South West Peninsula League Premier East
HOLSWORTHY were made to pay for a host of missed chances as Stoke Gabriel snatched a late draw at Upcott Field.
Harry Stevens missed a couple of good opportunities for the hosts before Marc Bettiss opened the scoring in superb fashion midway through the half, picking the ball up 25 yards out before beating four defenders and rounding the keeper to slot home.
It was all one-way traffic as Stevens had two further good chances, one of which hit the post, while Dan Metherell and John Elvins both went close from corners, Elvins clipping the top of the crossbar.
Stoke gradually got back into the game but it was Holsworthy who continued to create openings. Jed Harper-Penman missed a good chance before Stevens hit the post.
Substitute Adam Smith doubled the lead on 65 minutes. From a Stoke corner, the ball was cleared but Smith picked up the ball on the halfway line, beat two defenders and rounded the keeper.
Holsworthy looked set for a comfortable conclusion but on 80 minutes Stoke pulled one back in controversial circumstances as a cross from the right was tucked in by striker Ollie Aplin. However the hosts felt he, and two others, were several yards offside. On 89 minutes the South Devon side drew level as a free-kick from the edge of the box from Jamie Down found the top corner.
Holsworthy still created another chance, but with the last kick of the game, Smith saw his 25-yard shot well saved.
Holsworthy head to fourth-placed Torpoint Athletic on Saturday (3pm).