Chagford Football Club played their first game at home this season, both the first team and the reserves playing in their new strips sponsored by The Moorlander Newspaper.
Chagford started brightly, bringing the game to their North Devon opponents but had little in the way of finishing some good moves.
Sound in defence, it was somewhat of a surprise that they found themselves a goal down at half-time. Returning more determinedly for the second half, the hosts took just a couple of minutes to restore parity, Dan Stone tucking away the equaliser.
With both ‘keepers on top of their form and defences being miserly, the match went to unwanted extra time.
Skipper Rob Thorn settled the issue in the first period, heading home the winner. Rangers tried to fight back but Chagford were too solid at the back and held their nerve to take themselves into the second round. (Man of the match Harry Mayhew.)
An hour later Chagford first team played Feniton FC in the East Devon Senior Cup and again this was a pretty evenly balanced with both teams having two goals at full time. I don’t know what coaches Duncan Vincent and Mick Fillery said before the start of extra time, but it worked with Chagford going on to score another six goals in half an hour, four scored by Jack Rowe, two for Frankie Astill-Sheppard and one each for twins, Kes and Jack Hirst
I haven’t covered a football match in twenty five years – I gave up photographing football after a wet, cold, windy February day at Millwall, South London who had a ground called Cold Blow Lane, a horrible place. But this Saturday afternoon was very pleasant.