SDFL division three

Dartmouth reserves 5,

Ipplepen Athletic reserves 3

Dartmouth res­erves got back to winning ways in the league after coming from behind to beat Ipplepen reserves 5-3 at Long­cross.

The home side made the worst possible start when a corner flew straight into the net over 'keeper Dylan Wild with only 90 seconds played to give the visitors the early advantage.

Dartmouth looked to respond immediately, and they came close when a speculative Carl Woodgate volley cannoned back off the crossbar and away to safety.

The hosts continued to press for the equalising goal but were dealt a blow when a long ball downfield caught the Dartmouth defence off guard, and the Pens striker controlled the ball well before smashing a volley past Wild for 0-2.

Ben Greeno and James Lee in the heart of the midfield soon began to get a foothold in the game as they started to play the ball quicker in the opposition's final third, and 10 minutes before half time winger Rhys Mor­rallee was rewarded for gambling on a defence mix-up in the penalty area as he poked his shot beyond the visiting 'keeper to halve the deficit.

However, Ipplepen extended their lead just before half time when a well-worked team move resulted in the right midfielder timing his run to head a curled cross into the corner of the net.

Whatever managers Terry Chalk and Paul Morrallee said to their players at the break worked wonders as the home side reduced the scores to 2-3 five minutes into the second half after Lee's long-range effort was fumbled into the back of the net by the Pens 'keeper.

Only one team looked like scoring next and so it proved when Greeno met the ball sweetly on the half volley from just inside the area to get his side back on level terms.

Woodgate, Dan Drury, Chris Collet and Jack Berry in defence gave their opponents no time on the ball, which allowed the hosts to push forward for the elusive fourth goal.

It arrived with 15 minutes to play when Ed Armitage excellently smashed a volley over the head of the 'keeper from fully 30 yards.

In truth Ipplepen didn't look like levelling the scores, and it was Dartmouth who sealed victory with five minutes remaining when the away defender unfortunately put through his own net after good play from Greeno and Simon Holmes.

The way in which the players responded in the second half was excellent, and they will be hoping for a similar result when they face Broadhempston at Longcross on Saturday after playing high flyers Roselands on Thursday.

The first team are back in action this week as they travel to Buck­land Athletic reserves, both games kick off at 2.30pm.