Teigns Keep Up the Pressure on St Martins
In the Carlsberg South West Division One East, a blistering start at Coombe Valley saw two chances cleared off the line, a Ryan Bush effort disallowed and a Hayden Roe penalty missed for TEIGNMOUTH as they hosted Budleigh Salterton. But two goals before half time, from Bush and Craig Nosworthy, ensured Geoff Breslan’s side got the victory they deserved and stayed just two points off leaders St. Martins who had won 6-1 away at bottom side Okehampton Argyle.
BOVEY TRACEY missed their chance to move into the top three with defeat at Axminster Town. Danny Malick’s goal had secured the Moorlanders the three points in a midweek home derby with BRIXHAM AFC, but despite Dan Taylor’s strike, home midfielders Alex Wheatley and Jonny Hereford made sure of third successive win for Axminster.
GALMPTON UNITED were, at this stage, the only other South Devon side in the top half of the table in early October and they edged their home derby against TOTNES & DARTINGTON 2-1.
There was more good news for a rapidly improving NEWTON ABBOT SPURS who defeated Alphington Town at the Rec, despite playing much of the game with Joe Andrews deputising in goal. Andrews stepped into the breach after reserve goalkeeper Paul Green was hospitalised following a first half clash of heads. Town nearly took the lead before the break as Pat Darke missed a sitter by heading wide, but the sides went in goalless. The deadlock was broken on 54 minutes, young Jack McAndrew spilling Sam Hancox’s speculative effort over the line, and when the goalkeeper reacted angrily following a clash with Steve Mardell his afternoon was at an end. Nevertheless, it was Town who scored next, Jonny Holding heading home skipper Gary Wills’ left-wing cross to level the game just after the hour mark. After Darke had spurned another great chance for the visitors, it was the turn of home captain Kevin Dadd to make an impact. Dads volleyed home from the edge of the box, 11 minutes from time, to secure himself a rare place on the score sheet – and his side a hard-earned three points.
Elsewhere, BRIXHAM AFC lost out 2-0 at home to Tiverton Reserves who were still the Division’s only unbeaten side. LIVERTON UNITED slumped to a 7-2 defeat at Sidmouth Town, Cameron Vere with a hat-trick for the hosts.
Stoke Stun Elburton with 11 Goal Haul
As a Division One East side, STOKE GABRIEL seemed to be able to score goals for fun, but life in the Premier has been a different story with the Railwaymen generally involved in tight matches. For example, up until the end of September, only two of the games they had played in this season had ended with the victors winning by more than a goal. So when Tim Porter’s men stepped out against Elburton Villa on 10th October, a team they had already beaten by a single goal away from home, no one at Broadley Lane could have predicted the final scoreline – 11-0 (yes, eleven!) to the hosts.
Stoke made the perfect start, Dave Worthington netting within the first minute, and by the quarter-hour mark they were three up courtesy of strikes from Ollie Aplin and Stuart Bowker. Ryan O’Callaghan was next to add his name to the score-sheet with a goal on 27 minutes, ten minutes before Bowker’s second made it five to the home side. Two goals in a minute for Aplin secured him a first half hat-trick and Stoke an astonishing 7-0 half-time advantage. Villa kept Stoke out for over 20 minutes after the restart before the floodgates opened once more, Worthington grabbing his brace on 68 minutes before Aplin netted his fourth and Bowker completed his hat-trick. The final word went to debutant Liam Jones who found the net for goal number eleven. Not surprisingly, the result was Stoke’s biggest ever win in the Peninsula League Premier.
Two Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup First Round matches pitted South Devon sides from Division One East against South Devon League Premier sides. 2014 winners Watcombe Wanderers scored the only goal of the game at King George V, through danger man Sean Finch, to knock out Justin Yeates’ LIVERTON UNITED. Yeates’ former club Waldon Athletic were also involved in a local derby but found GALMPTON UNITED too strong for them, losing out 6-0 at the War Memorial Ground. Liam Moseley scored a hat-trick for the Greens, George Dandridge struck twice and Neil Stephens also netted.
TEIGNMOUTH and BOVEY TRACEY were victorious in their South Devon derby cup ties. BRIXHAM AFC had taken the lead at Coombe Valley, but goals from Ryan Bush, Hayden Roe, Steven Shrubb and Steve Smith saw Teigns through to Round Two. Confident Bovey came away from TOTNES & DARTINGTON with a 4-2 triumph, Danny Malick once more on target with Ashley White, Chester Walters and Matt Hawes adding the other goals. NEWTON ABBOT SPURS added their name to the Second Round hat with a 3-1 home win over Devon & Exeter Premier side Sidbury United. Player-manager Adam Dyson settled the hosts’ nerves, on two minutes, winning a one-on-one with visiting goalkeeper Dan Gale, after Joe Andrews’ through-ball, and hitting a bottom-corner opener from 12 yards out. After 18 minutes, Carl Bradley’s through ball set up Shaun Bowden for another one-on-one. This time Bowden hit the ball high into the net to double Spurs’ lead. Sidbury fought back and were rewarded ten minutes later. Connor Hannaford’s shot hit the bar and came back to Peter Grover whose close-range shot was saved. But Grover was given a second bite of the cherry and made no mistake this time. Spurs then began to assert their authority and came close with some long-range efforts before Dyson set up Bradley for a third goal ten minutes after the break. Bradley slammed the ball into the roof of the net from just inside the box to finally end battling Sidbury’s chances of an upset.
Stoke Come Back to Earth While Teigns and Spurs March On in League Cup
STOKE GABRIEL were unable to build on their drubbing of Elburton when they travelled to Tavistock a week later. The Lambs looked dangerous from the off and soon went ahead, through Kelvin Fyneboy, who side footed home Jack Crago’s cross on seven minutes. The Railwaymen thought they had levelled just two minutes later, but Ryan O’Callaghan’s header was met with an offside flag. Tavistock went back on the offensive with Nathan Murphy pulling off a fine save to deny Ricky Shepherd, and Crago and Lewis Coombes also going close in a dominant spell. Stoke got back into it towards the end of the half though, home ‘keeper Jack Ord doing well to foil first Dave Worthington and then Stuart Bowker. Recent signing Liam Jones set up Bowker for another chance – which went wide – before being on duty at the other end to head a goalbound Crago effort off the line. Three minutes after the restart, Tavistock doubled their advantage with Crago once again setting up Fyneboy, and things soon went from bad to worse as defender Mark Ashworth was dismissed for a hotly disputed professional foul on Crago. Stoke were already feeling hard done by at this point, feeling that Josh Robins escaped lightly after his retaliation on Gareth McEwen who was booked for a foul. The fired up visitors, who had matched their opponents at times in the second half, hit the bar on 75 minutes but the man advantage began to have an impact and Murphy did well to keep out further efforts from Fyneboy and Coombes. O’Callaghan also cleared off the line and Fyneboy missed a sitter before Warren Daw converted Sheppard’s cross for a third with seven minutes remaining.
NEWTON ABBOT SPURS pulled off a surprise win at Camelford in the Second Round of the Walter C Parson Funeral Director Cup. The hosts went on the offensive from the first minute, Josh Insley heading Patrick Rushton’s free-kick towards goal but Scott Bellamy equal to the task. After 15 minutes, lone striker Carl Bradley made the most of a defensive error to set up Shaun Bowden, but the midfielder could only clear the bar. Six minutes later, Bowden’s corner found the head of Chris Metters, but the ball hit the crossbar and, two minutes later, the bar was rattled at the other end as Bellamy saved well from a Dan Balsdon volley. Then, on 37 minutes, the visitors made a breakthrough, Bowden latching on to Mark Brooke’s long ball, taking it past home ‘keeper Aaron Gregory and coolly finishing from a tight angle. Camelford were rocked further on half-time after the home defence pulled up for an offside flag that never came, leaving Martin Haynes little option but to bring down Sam Hancox – and the referee little option but to send the home player off.
After the break, Camelford came out determined to make up for the loss of Haynes, and their efforts nearly brought an equaliser just after the hour mark, captain Kevin Dadd clearing substitute James McNary’s effort off the line. Ten minutes later, player-manager Adam Dyson, who was taking up a position on the left wing for this contest, all but sealed Spurs’ victory as he picked up a fine reverse pass from Bowden and fired low past Gregory from just inside the area. Balsdon almost fashioned a goal two minutes later, but McNary missed the target and Spurs duly booked their place in the last 16, the Lambs of Tavistock standing between them and their first ever quarter-final place.
TEIGNMOUTH were to join Spurs in the next round, Steve Smith and an own goal seeing Geoff Breslan’s side through against Holsworthy and setting up a home tie against another Cornish outfit, Helston Athletic.
BRIXHAM AFC were also away in the Duchy but couldn’t join in the celebrations, conceding the only goal at Lux Park to exit the competition.
In Division One East, GALMPTON UNITED moved into the top five, and above opponents Budleigh Salterton on goal difference, with a comfortable 4-1 win at Greenway Lane. Despite being without in-form George Dandridge, goals from Kyanoosh Roughani, Lloyd Clark, Mark Barkwell and Adam Crogan sealed the points for the Greens. BOVEY TRACEY fell off the pace with a midweek 4-2 home loss against Appledore but TOTNES & DARTINGTON and LIVERTON UNITED both achieved much-needed victories. Tots were two up by the interval in their home tie with Sidmouth Town, and Myles Chalcraft added to George Savva and Charlie Johansson’s strikes after the break. The visitors hauled themselves back into contention with two goals, but Johansson scored his second to settle nerves and wrap up a vital three points. The Lillies were also desperate for a second win to keep them away from the bottom and were never behind in a 3-2 away win at Alphington, taking the lead through Thomas Johns in the first half, going 2-1 up through Ryan Beattie after the break and finally squeezing over the line courtesy of an 86th minute Connor Stewart strike.
Stoke’s Cornish Home Hoodoo Goes On; Tots On a Run as Brixham Sink
STOKE GABRIEL‘s poor record at home to Cornish sides this season endured as the Railwaymen failed to take enough of their ample chances in a home loss against Falmouth Town. Liam Jones had the first real chance of the game, his drive bouncing off the post after Joe Cooper had headed Ollie Critchlow’s corner away. Ollie Aplin then did well to carve out an opening for Critchlow who clipped the bar with his effort. Critchlow then nicked the post with his next chance, from long-range, before Gareth McEwen’s goalbound strike was deflected to safety – surely something had to give soon. Visiting ‘keeper Ethan Fearn did well at the second attempt to gather a spilled Jones’ strike from the feet of David Worthington and Aplin curled a 25-yard shot narrowly wide but Fearn remained unbeaten. The Ambers did have one or two chances of their own, but Nathan Murphy dealt comfortably with headers from Mike Vanes and Andy Westgarth before the visitors were pegged back again, Aplin sending in dangerous balls and Worthington forcing Fearn into another fine save after Dan Kingscote had put him through. Stoke were by far the more disappointed at a half-time scoreline of 0-0 and Falmouth took full advantage, Harry Clark stinging Murphy’s gloves with a shot three minutes after the restart. Stoke did eventually take the lead though, Kingscote evading a tackle to send a low cross for Aplin to convert from a few yards. Stoke pressed to kill the game off, but were suddenly on the defensive seven minutes later as Rob Wearne broke from a home corner to surge down the left; his fine cross was headed in by Westgarth for an equaliser.Two minutes later, McEwen’s foul on Vanes left Murphy with a penalty to defend. Wearne stood up and hit a confident strike past the home custodian to secure an unlikely victory and to join St Blazey, St Austell and Helston Athletic on the growing list of Cornish clubs to depart from Broadley Lane with all the points.
LIVERTON UNITED did fellow South Devon side TEIGNMOUTH a huge favour, holding leaders St Martins to a goalless draw. Teigns did what they needed to do, beating a spirited BOVEY TRACEY side 2-1 in the derby to go level top – albeit temporarily, and having played two more games than the Exeter side! Teigns went a goal and a man down to Bovey after goalkeeper Adam Broom tripped Jamie Orchard, giving Danny Zalick the opportunity to put the Moorlanders ahead on 36 minutes. The playing field was levelled when Dan Taylor received his marching orders for a foul on Geoff Breslan, and Teigns’ player-manager levelled the scores too with a 63rd minute free-kick. The winner came from the penalty spot, Lance Clarke sealing the points in the 84th minute. Bovey were also in action, four days later, as St Martins played one of their games in hands. But home advantage was not enough for the Moorlanders as they lost out 4-1.
GALMPTON UNITED held on to their top half placement despite a 5-0 whipping at still unbeaten Tiverton Town Reserves. Kenny Ord hit a hat-trick and Dave O’Connor a double for the hosts.
TOTNES & DARTINGTON enjoyed back-to-back wins in a Friday evening derby against NEWTON ABBOT SPURS. Shaun Bowden set up Adam Dyson who could have opened up the scoring after three minutes; but the player-manager’s shot, with just the ‘keeper to beat, went wide. Scott Bellamy saved Myles Chalcraft’s long-range strike a minute later before Bowden wasted a good opportunity on 16 minutes by clearing the bar after good work by Jo Andrews on the right. Liam Price set up Dyson again on 20 minutes, but Spurs’ top scorer was denied by Dan Wood who was quick to react to the danger. On 22 minutes, the visitors were left to rue those early chances as young, in-form Charlie Johansen hit a long-range shot which was deflected past Bellamy for the opener. On 35 minutes, George Savva, another one of Tots’ youngsters, nipped in behind full-back Mark Brooke to rifle home a second. In the 52nd minute, the hosts scored a third, and what would turn out to be the deciding, goal to leave Spurs rocking. Skipper Liam Collings slotted a ball through to Johansen who toe-poked home from 12 yards. Spurs pressed for a way back, but Wood kept out efforts from both Tom Sercombe and Dyson before Matt Williams followed up a parried Dyson effort to pull one back on 64 minutes. Buzz Avis could have eased the pressure five minutes later, lifting the ball over Bellamy but finding the ball on the wrong side of the post from the home side’s perspective. Dyson pulled Spurs right back into it on 71 minutes after Jo Andrews had won the contest with sub defender Dan Hurrell to square the ball to the striker, but Tots stood firm to climb the table to 15th.
Two defeats in four days left BRIXHAM AFC struggling down in 16th. The Fishermen started with a Wednesday night trip to Crediton United with both sides set up to score goals, Simon Durrant delivering the first on 10 minutes with a fine strike. Two finishes in four minutes then put the visitors in the ascendancy, both struck low into the net past Lee Waring, on 19 and 22 minutes. Steve Morish set up Durrant for an easy second six minutes later and Richard Blake struck six minutes from half-time to ensure the hosts had a half-time lead. As Brixham sought to equalise, Crediton made the most of the space, substitute Jamie Parsons putting Durrant through on 55 minutes for the latter to complete his hat-trick with a deft finish. Four minutes later it was all but over, another superb strike by Durrant increasing his tally to four and Creddy’s to five. The next Saturday, Brixham were at home to Sidmouth Town. Riki Pitter and Cameron Vere twice put the visitors ahead but Brixham equalised both times. However, they were unable to respond to Ben Farrington’s winner.
Stoke Slump Continues; Teigns Keep Pressing
STOKE GABRIEL slumped to another home defeat, against Exmouth Town, a side they had drawn with barely a month ago. Once again it was a tale of missed chances for the home side who put a weakened Exmouth team under pressure from the start. Mark Saunders did well to deal with a dangerous looking Tom Kelly cross before Dan Kingscote fired narrowly wide in the opening stages. Striker Matt Dawson then tested home ‘keeper Nathan Murphy twice, first with a bending long-range effort and then with a low drive in an eventful first quarter.The game then swung Stoke’s way again, Jake White shooting wide from long-range and David Worthington lobbing over after Liam Jones had sent in an inviting cross. Stoke were seeing the most of the ball at this stage but were hit with a sucker punch on 24 minutes, James Ansell crossing for an unmarked Dawson to head the visitors in front.
Exmouth were under the cosh early in the second half, goalkeeper Rob Powell saving a Worthington drive and then Kelly, Kingscote, McEwen and Worthington again racking up chances, each one blocked by the visiting defence. After soaking up the pressure, Exmouth broke away down Stoke’s left, Kevin Hill crossing for Joe Bushin to blast home from the edge of the area for a 2-0 lead. Stoke refused to lie down and pressed for a goal back; Powell presented the subdued Ollie Aplin with a chance after he fumbled, but Aplin couldn’t connect properly and Hill cleared off the line, Aplin also heading the rebound wide. Dawson could have put Town out of sight but found the crossbar in the way, while Kingscote missed from close range after Aplin’s cross had been headed into his path by Worthington. Full-back White did his best to stimulate a fightback, one of his crosses finding Kelly whose shot was blocked, and another falling to Jones who cleared the bar. The final chance for Stoke to grab a consolation came and went in a scrappy last quarter, Liam Ellis’s slip giving Aplin a great opportunity from the six-yard box; but Aplin missed to end a thoroughly unproductive 90 minutes for the hosts who will be hoping they can be more clinical in the month to come.
NEWTON ABBOT SPURS were away at Crediton United on the evening of Friday 30th. Former Launceston striker Will Matthews partnered player-manager Adam Dyson up front and had a chance for a perfect start with his new club when the latter flicked the ball through to him in the first minute. But Matthews was stretching and could only hit the ball at home custodian Lee Waring. Daryl Pidgeon sent a warning signal four minutes later with a fine run and cross which only lacked a Creddy player on the end of it. Left-back Mark Brooke had a chance after nine minutes, his drive clearing the bar, but Crediton’s Richard Blake came closer, striking the underside of the bar on the 15 minute mark just three minutes after having seen an overhead kick sail wide of Scott Bellamy’s upright. On 26 minutes, the hosts broke the deadlock, Chris Metters penalised for a foul on Steve Morish and Matt Trenaman converting the resultant penalty. Morish was almost instrumental in another goal two minutes later, but his corner was headed on to the bar by Pidgeon. Shaun Bowden almost found an equaliser on the half-time whistle but Waring stopped his low shot to maintain the home side’s slender lead.
Neither side came out of the traps particularly quickly,and nearly an hour had passed before the next meaningful effort by either side, Bowden and Dyson combining well but Matthews denied a debut goal by desperate defensive play. Crediton struck the killer blow on 74 minutes though, Spurs dispossessed in their own half and Pidgeon setting Emlyn Harris free, the striker taking his chance well. On 76 minutes, a 35-yard effort from Dyson found the net but was ruled offside, while Metters, sent up front to try and bully a goal back, went wide with a header. There would be no comeback though and Blake could have even made it three for Creddy, on 85 minutes, but blasted well over.
The rest of the Division One East action took place on the 31st and TEIGNMOUTH kept hard on the pursuit of leaders St Martins with a superb 5-1 home win over Axminster Town. Hayden Roe and Ben Smith put the hosts two up at Coombe Valley before a Jon Hurford spot-kick narrowed the difference after a foul on Liam Cleal. Smith restored the two goal cushion just before the break and Ryan Bush practically ended the contest just after it before debutant Sam Dickens was upended to enable Lance Clarke to seal the three points.
TOTNES & DARTINGTON were unable to help their South Devon neighbours by taking points from the leaders but did well to come away with a respectable 4-3 defeat, especially after being two down at one point following a Dan Hurrell own goal and a Nathan Cooper strike. Tots hot-shot Charlie Johansen netted to half the deficit and Chester Rogers equalised to set up a fantastic finale. Johansen nosed the visitors in front with his second, but back came St Martins with Jack Furzer levelling. It looked like a point was all the Exeter side were going to get but a disputed penalty in the last minute saw Danny Pym step up to smash and grab all three.
GALMPTON UNITED moved into the top six with a 7-3 home victory over Bovey Tracey. Matt Barkwell claimed the lion’s share with four while Buckland-bound Liam Moseley collected a brace; the other goal was credited to a Bovey player. Scoring for the Moorlanders were Lee Pascoe, Ashley White and James Elliot.
BRIXHAM AFC moved above Tots with three first half goals spoiling hosts Budleigh Salterton’s afternoon. Graham Mercieca scored twice for the Fishermen and Reece Sommers was also on target before Budleigh made it 3-1 early in the second period.
Ollie Booth and Jamie Down gave struggling LIVERTON UNITED a 2-1 half-time lead at home to Exwick Villa, but two second half goals won Villa the points and leaves the Lillies one place off the bottom and five points behind next-highest Tots, but with a game in hand.