THE SEASON ended in something of a damp squib for Newton Abbot Spurs and Teignmouth after a 1-1 draw on Monday night.

Brad Breslan’s woodwork strike on 80 minutes sparked life into an otherwise stalemated game and his Teignmouth side went in front through a Jack Baxter penalty two minutes later. James Moxon galvanised the hosting Spurs in injury-time and they came agonisingly close to snatching a winner, denied only by an acrobatic goal-line clearance from Liam Jones.

‘It was a bit painful to watch based on how we have performed recently,’ said Spurs boss Marc Revell. ‘We kicked into gear with 10 minutes left when we needed to, rather than doing it for 80 or 90 minutes. 

‘It’s a little disappointing but we didn’t deserve to win and we didn’t deserve to lose, so it’s a fair result.’

Teignmouth Head Coach Liam Jones had a more positive view on his side’s display.

‘I was super impressed with our performance, I thought we played really well,’ he said. ‘We tried to play football and they didn’t. 

‘We lacked a clinical edge in the final third but by the end we were probably glad to get a point because they should’ve nicked it but that would’ve been a disservice to the performance – there was only one team trying to win the match.’

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Teignmouth boss Liam Jones, right, receives a stern talking-to from the referee. (Josh Goodman)

Noticeably missing from the game was the usual derby feel when these two Teignbridge sides come together. But Revell insists the game meant a lot to him for reasons more than bragging rights.

‘It means a lot to me because, tonight, we were sat looking at a potential second place if results went our way,’ he explained. ‘It should mean a lot to the lads to finish second rather than seventh. 

‘I don’t think I can say it didn’t mean a lot to them but it did have that end-of-season feel about it.’

Jones was shown a yellow card but he was quick to shut down suggestion that his antics were heightened by the occasion.

‘The opposition are irrelevant to me and the bookings are something I need to work on – that’s not my first this season,’ he said.