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Peppermints rescue point

By Tom Howe 13th December 2017

Peppermints rescue point
BACK FOOT: Newquay defend for their lives during the draw against Witheridge

NEWQUAY AFC staged an astonishing second-half fightback to rescue a point despite being 3-0 down at home to Witheridge after an hour.

Bottom side Witheridge, with just one league win to their name all season, took a surprise lead through Roger Bonaparte's effort and went on to find themselves three goals to the good thanks to Brad Kelly's double either side of half-time, the latter of which came from the penalty spot.

Danny O'Hagan's goal just after the hour gave the depleted Peppermints a glimmer of hope before Tyler Cheshire's close-range finish pulled the deficit back to just the one. The equaliser came 15 minutes from time when winger Tornado Bello cut in and beat the goalkeeper to, incredibly, make the score 3-3 with time to spare.

In fact, it could have been even better for the makeshift Newquay side had a shot not come back off the post with the visiting goalkeeper beaten. However, Peppermints boss Tony Mackellar, who was missing the likes of Zak Roberts, Harrie Tilston and Ollie Dart amongst others, admitted the team’s recent form has just not been ‘good enough’.

He said: “We had five out but, even with those five out, we should still see this through and expected to be in a comfortable lead at half-time. We still haven't got that strength in depth that you might hope. We are usually quite solid at the back but one or two mistakes have cost us. When you take four out of the back five, we weren't strong enough in depth to recover from that.

“I get it, I couldn't shout at them or moan at them because they are in positions that they are not used to, but all of it should have been better than it was as an overall performance. We felt the first-half was one of the worst halves we have had all season.

“Yes we turned it round, yes we got to 3-3 but yes we are still disappointed by only getting a point. We know in the last nine games we have had a win, a draw and six or seven losses, it's not good enough.

“We just need everyone fit and then for everyone to perform. They are the two things that haven't been happening, whereas in the first 10 games they were. At the moment we are tending to find we just aren't firing right in the last third. I don't feel that Jack Bray-Evans, Glen Squires, Cheshire or Bello have played at their best in the last five games. When they are not playing at their best, we are not going to win.”

Newquay, now ninth in the South West Peninsula Premier Division, visit fourth placed Plymouth Argyle for a 3pm kick-off at Coach Road on Saturday.

Plymouth featured six professional players in a recent visit to Godolphin Atlantic and, with the club's first team kicking-off in Rotherham at the same time, it remains to be seen what kind of line-up Argyle will put out to face Mackellar’s Peppermints.

By Tom Howe 13th December 2017

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