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FOOTBALL: Spartans go third after surviving Cobham rally
3:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
AFC COBHAM 3 WEYMOUTH SPARTANS 4
THE Spartans moved up to third in Dorset League Division One but should have killed Cobham off a lot sooner than they did.
At 4-0 up, the visitors thought the game was over early in the second half but the home side rallied and almost pulled off a remarkable comeback.
Grant Chance struck a post for the Spartans before Aarron Williams, pictured, broke the deadlock on 22 minutes with a fine header following good work from Owen Kirlew.
Superb pressure from Chance then forced an own goal to double the advantage but the Weymouth outfit then had to wait until after the break to score again.
Marcus Simpson added the third on 46 minutes with a sweet curler before James Aldom combined with Damien Walsh to make it four just five minutes later.
At this point the game was so one-sided there looked no way back for Cobham but, after Chance had stuck the woodwork for a second time and Simpson had seen an effort drop just wide, the tide suddenly turned.
A series of debatable decisions by the referee began to rile the Spartans and as a result they lost their focus allowing the hosts to half the deficit from a free-kick and a goalmouth scramble.
The visitors then missed a couple of other opportunities before Cobham sent the pulses racing again from a cross-cum-shot in injury-time, which just dropped in at the far post.
The Spartans were clearly rattled but in the end held on much to the relief of Kieron Howes.
The Spartans boss said: “The first hour was without doubt the best we have played in three years.
“We then had a panic at the end when their tails were up but, in all honesty, we should have won by seven or eight.”
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