Flybe. football: Tower’s youngsters outstrip pedestrian Magpies

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Combination Division I last night after thumping Magpies 6-1 at Springfield.

Tower’s third consecutive league success moves them above St Peter and Magpies, by a point – but more importantly Dave Philpott’s youngsters are now five points ahead of one-from-bottom Rozel Rovers, who have two games in hand.Tower crossed over leading 1-0 after Ross Goodchild hit the target from five yards and despite Magpies equalising shortly after the interval, through Jason Newman, Tower responded in fine style to add further goals from Scott Walsh (two), another from Goodchild and the goal-of-the-game, following an excellent build-up, by Chris Conning with a low strike from 18 yards.Philpott said: ‘We had too much pace for Magpies all over the park.

The first 20 minutes we were excellent and we really should have had the game wrapped up by them.’We spoke about things at half time and although Magpies equalised, we showed great character and commitment to come back and eventually run out convincing winners.’Several weeks ago when Tower were in the bottom two Philpott put his head on the block saying that his side would avoid being relegated.Philpott added: ‘Four straight wins in all competitions, yes it’s good and everyone is now seeing the ability of my players.

They are playing with confidence now and what’s pleasing is they are not afraid of teams now.’Tower coach Paul Carberry said: ‘Our pace was tremendous last night and it was a great result for us.

It’s been coming because most of the games we’ve lost we’ve gone down by the odd-goal while also squandering some very good chances in front of goal.’The lads are maturing now; they’re growing up and getting stronger and stronger with every game.

We’re only as good as our last game and we must not get carried away.

Winning breeds confidence and I won’t let them get carried away because there is still a lot of work to be done.’Magpies manager Ian Golding said: ‘It was disappointing to lose like that, we didn’t play well.

We defended poorly as a unit and when it went to 3-1 we lost our shape.

Tower scored twice inside five minutes after we’d equalised and it was game over then.’At 4-1 we missed a penalty, that’s our third different penalty taker in recent games but we got the same result – another miss this time from Jason Newman.

Casey Hickling saved it but to be fair it was at a good height for him.’We must improve to stay up.

We have some big games coming up so it’s a very important time ahead for everyone at the club.’Magpies: Tony Carlyon; Haydn Bechemain, Dave Bisson, Stuart Truscott, James Ollivro, Jason Reynolds, Peter Warrell, Andy Barker, Chad Morris, Jason Newman, Michael Ashton.

Subs used: Paul Tomlinson, Mark Holley.

Cautioned: Carlyon, Morris.First Tower: Casey Hickling; Matt Swinburne, Peter Gough, James Prendergast, Blake Applegate; Chris Carter, Chris Conning, Nathan Jégou, Dominic Glennon, Scott Walsh; Ross Goodchild.

Subs used: Stephen McCarter, Andrew Dewhurst, Jody MacCarthy.

Cautioned: Walsh.Officials: Steve Landick, Chris Gouyette, Neil Giannoni.

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