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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Super-sub Scott grabs a brace
6:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
PURTON ground out a hard-fought 2-0 victory over visitors North Leigh reserves in Hellenic League Division One West, but their joy was tempered as star striker Blaine Fitzgerald limped off with a groin problem.
Fitzgerald suffered a recurrence of the injury he sustained in the 2-1 Wiltshire Senior Cup win over Calne nine days ago, but on Saturday his first-half replacement Scott Campbell grabbed the two goals that gave the Red House side three points.
In a fairly even opening period the hosts' first chance fell to Chris Rivers, who shot straight at the keeper after being put in behind by Leigh Brown.
North Leigh were unlucky not to open the scoring on 22 minutes when Purton keeper Gary Stevens saved well from Jacob Hughes after a long ball caught the home defence napping.
Fitzgerald then exited the action and Campbell wasted little time making an impact after coming on.
Jamie McGahey found Rivers and he fed Brown out wide, who in turn cut the ball back for Campbell to beat the keeper at his near post from just inside the area.
Campbell might have doubled the lead three minutes after the break when he pounced on a poor touch from a North Leigh centre-half, but his shot was just wide of the target.
He made no mistake with 17 minutes remaining, however. After good work by Rivers, Ryan Child beat his man down the left and pulled back to Campbell, who sidefooted neatly into the top corner from 12 yards.
Purton manager Chris Pethick was pleased to take three points from a scrappy affair.
“We didn’t play well today, neither team did, but we got the two goals and the main thing for me was that we didn’t concede,” he said.
“We had to change things when Blaine got injured and it mucked us up as we didn’t have a target man.
“In the second half we controlled things and picked up a bit and managed to get something out of the game.
“Fingers crossed we can give Blaine a rest next week and look at what other options we have got up front.”
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