Brixham Win Lifts Them Level With Teigns at Top
With Teignmouth the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller and Newton Abbot Spurs and Stoke Gabriel not playing, Brixham AFC took the opportunity to move level top of the South West Peninsula Division One East.
Teignmouth travelled to Crediton United off the back of a five game winning streak but Creddy were determined not to be the sixth team to be deprived points, taking a deserved lead when Bradford’s low cross was converted by Richard Blake. Ryan Bush got Teigns back on terms in the 25th minute, Geoff Breslan’s long ball well collected by James who provided the assist. Kirton started the second half well and got their noses in front when Kenny Ord beat a hesitant visiting defence to stab home from close range. Blake then added his second, on the hour mark, lobbing the Teigns ‘keeper from distance after more poor defending. But when Craig Skinner gave the ball away with 20 minutes to play, Fred Tonkin was unable to keep out Thomas’s low shot and Teignmouth had a lifeline. Adam Bilcock’s cross then found Richard Groom who powered home a fourth for the hosts to restore their cushion. With ten minutes to go, another Thomas shot slipped underneath Tonkin to ensure Teignmouth were right in it until the end. But Crediton held on to take the three points.
Brixham AFC were also on their travels, away at Sidmouth, but despite being light on numbers, the Fishermen ground out a 3-1 victory, Josh Lucas scoring twice and Kieran Parkin also netting; Farrington hit a penalty for the Vikings to equalise at one stage.
A South Devon derby at the War Memorial Ground went the home side’s way as Tony Bowker’s Galmpton United hit five second half goals past Justin Yeates’s young Liverton United side, collecting a clean sheet in the process. Stuart Bowker’s free-kick broke the deadlock before Thomas Johns scored twice, the first a neat finish after a decent through ball; the second from a low cross right in front of goal. Johns’ excellent deep cross was expertly finished by Bowker for the Greens’ fourth before Bowker stormed forward before supplying a fine through-ball for Matt Barkwell to finish off.
Bovey Tracey led twice but slumped to a fifth successive defeat at Appledore, losing their goalkeeper Adam Bryant to a 75th minute red card in a 4-2 reverse in North Devon. Jake England hit two penalties for the Fishermen with Mark Cann and Brian Levien delivering the other home goals.