Carlsberg South West Peninsula division one West
Okehampton Argyle 1
OKEHAMPTON's last match of the season against a mid-table Dobwalls side, who had gone ten games without a win. saw Argyle fall to another defeat as a result of poor finishing.
Argyle were stretched to raise a squad due to injury and unavailability and were only able to name veteran joint manager Neil Agnew on the bench and were forced to start two players who were carrying injuries. Normal keeper Harry Geering was playing cricket so veteran second team keeper Neil Clift deputised and had an excellent game encouraging his defenders throughout.
Both sides began with attacking intentions and good approach work but it was Dobwalls who took the lead rather fortuitously after five minutes when Steve Tapper's shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off an Okehampton defender and into the net giving Clift no chance.
Twelve minutes later, a deep right wing cross from Sean Jones was beautifully volleyed home from 15 yards by Tom King to double the visitors' lead.
Argyle were still very much in the game with Ed Squire, Dave Smith and Ricky Wooldridge working hard in midfield but could not find a way through the Dobwalls' defence.
Neil Agnew replaced the injured Ed Squire for Argyle at half-time and showed good positional play as the home side dominated after the break. They pinned Dobwalls back, but poor shooting meant that possession was not converted into goals.
Seven minutes from time, the visitors delivered the sucker punch when a long clearance saw Andrew Livingstone beat the Argyle offside trap and fire home low past Clift.
Three minutes later Dobwalls scored again from a breakaway attack when Sean Jones fired home from the edge of the box.
Okehampton still kept coming forward and were rewarded in the last minute when Steve Williams intercepted a back pass and took the ball past Dobwalls keeper Ben Hardie to score a consolation goal.
Charlie Bond, Argyle's secretary, said: 'This defeat means that Okehampton finish second to bottom of the table despite being very competitive in all bar two of their matches.
'The team has been hit hard by several players leaving the club mid-season and of late by injuries and with no relegation this season, it is to be hoped we will be able to reinforce their squad over the summer. Certainly a team playing at this level needs to be able to put a strong squad of at least 14 players out every week and to have more stability in their line-up.
The club would like to thank all their sponsors and supporters and hope to see them all back again for the new season next August.'
Argyle 200 club winners, week 44: 1, ticket number 47, V Jordan, £35; 2, no 72, P Carter, £10.