Galmpton and Brixham First Peninsula Sides to See Action as Rain Stops Play Throughout Early January
The Peninsula Division One East stuttered back into some sort of action on Saturday 16th January with four games surviving, including two featuring South Devon sides.
GALMPTON UNITED got their new year off to a great start by moving into the top six. The Greens defeated the University of Exeter 3-1 at the War Memorial Ground thanks to goals from Broadway, Gaze and Rankin. BRIXHAM AFC also scored three but were held to a draw at Wall Park by Alphington.
More Cornish Misery for Stoke; Brixham Hold Division East Leaders St Martins
2-1 defeats to Cornish sides is becoming an unwelcome habit for STOKE GABRIEL as the Railwaymen went down 2-1 away to Launceston. Stoke had the best of the opening exchanges but fell behind to a controversial Joe Jasper strike five minutes after the restart. The home side were pegged back five minutes later, Ryan O’Callaghan nodding home, but in the 74th minute, former Bovey Tracey player Danny Zalick controlled well before sending Sam Davey through for the Clarets’ winner.
In Division One East, BRIXHAM AFC’s home tie against leaders St Martins was given the go ahead and Jason Couch’s side did well to keep chances to a minimum. But former Exmouth player Ace High was looking dangerous for the visitors and eventually found a way through, lobbing Dan Gillard who had earlier pulled off a fine one-handed save to deny him. Reece Summers came closest for the Fishermen, heading wide after getting on the end of a Josh Webber cross. Seasoned goal poacher Dave Worthington stunned the visitors with a second-half equaliser as Brixham pegged them back and both sides had chances to take the lead, Nathan Cooper firing over for St Martins and Worthington heading wide. Joel Hawes eventually turned the tie in St Martins’ favour, converting Jamie Bayliss’s low cross, but the home side refused to give up and were rewarded when Sommers scrambled home an equaliser that will have been appreciated by Teignmouth fans as much as by the local contingent.
NEWTON ABBOT SPURS were hoping that home advantage would give them the edge against unbeaten Tiverton Town Reserves but this proved not to be the case. Tivvy took a stranglehold on the game from the whistle, and after chances from Kenny Ord and Dave O’Connor took a deserved lead when O’Connor latched on to a long pass and slotted past Scott Bellamy on 22 minutes. Adam Dyson’s chance on the half hour, snuffed out by defender Ben Ashford, proved to be the best Spurs could muster. Things were not much better after the break for Dyson’s men and they duly went two down when O’Connor pulled down Jordan Bastin’s far post cross and set up James Mudge for the simple clincher. O’Connor and Mudge had further chances to extend the lead but the game finished 2-0.
Elsewhere in Division One East, common sense thinking from the managers of LIVERTON UNITED and BOVEY TRACEY created a local derby out of two postponements. At a heavy Halford, Lee Pascoe gave the Moorlanders the advantage with a 45th minute penalty, but Justin Yeates’ side levelled in the second half through Jamie Down and looked the more likely as they launched attack after attack on the visitors’ goal. Robert Holman, Bovey’s new boss, had brought three new signings to the club: Carl Roles, Kai Fisher and Tom Pilling, and the latter delivered the goods with a thunderbolt in stoppage time to seal the win.
Brixham Win Battle of the Fishermen
BRIXHAM AFC were the only South Devon side active in the Peninsula League and, with Buckland’s match against Longwell Green Sports also falling foul of the weather, the Fishermen were the highest placed local side in action – barring Torquay United.
And Jason Couch’s side made the most of their opportunity, Reece Sommers, Dave Worthington and Jimmy Holland on target in a 3-1 home win over Appledore, only the visitors’ third defeat of the campaign. Sommers got proceedings underway with an 11th minute tap-in and Worthington doubled the advantage with 17 minutes on the clock. Three minutes after the interval, Holland sealed the points, with Keith Shapland’s side grabbing a last minute consolation through a fantastic Seth Hodorowski effort.
The win lifted Brixham above both Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot Spurs in the table, but both of their South Devon counterparts had games in hand.