SWPL 26/27th December 2014
Baker Debut Strike Helps Teigns Maintain Pressure
Match report by Martin Jones
Second placed Teignmouth needed to win to keep the pressure on league leaders Galmpton and goals from new signing Karl Baker, and Simon Revell, ensured a victory for Teigns against their Exminster based opponents.
The home side had the better of the early exchanges and were playing the more incisive football although they never created any real threat to Teigns. The first clear cut chance fell to Baker on 20 minutes; capitalising on a defensive mix up, Teigns’ latest recruit shot over the bar. Baker made amends 15 minutes later collecting Craig Stonelake’s deft through-ball and rounding the home ’keeper before sliding the ball home from an acute angle to open the scoring.
The lead was doubled five minutes into the second half when Baker pulled the ball back from the byline for Revell to drive home from the edge of the box. St Martin’s then took the game to Teigns who defended well and rode their luck as the home side’s forwards wasted some good chances to get their side back into the game. And their day got worse when Andrew Brooks was sent off leaving them down to ten men for the last five minutes of the game.
This Saturday Teigns should have been away to Axminster but the fixture has been switched to Coombe Valley as Axminster’s new facilities are not yet ready. Kick off is at 2.15pm.
FT: St. Martin’s 0 – 2 Teignmouth
Leaders Ivybridge Town had their home game with Falmouth Town postponed leaving just two matches. In the South Devon derby, Stoke Gabriel edged a narrow 3-2 win away at a Bovey Tracey side who, despite being bottom, played very well.
Division One East:
Leaders Galmpton United played away at Brixham AFC for the first meeting between the two sides in the SWP with Galmpton winning a feisty affair 3-2 to retain pole position in the table. Newton Abbot Spurs made it nine points from their last three games to end the year on a high as they beat Liverton United 2-1 at the Rec.