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SWPL 28th February 2015

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Match report by Newton Abbot Spurs

Newton Abbot Spurs were left to rue missed chances after what seems to have become standard calamitous defending as visitors Teignmouth stretched their lead at the top of table to four points.

Spurs player manager Adam Dyson made one change from the side that drew with Exeter University three weeks ago, Joe Andrews replacing the injured Carl Bradley.

As expected, it was the visiting Teigns who were quickest out of the blocks and enjoyed the better of the territorial possession. Their first chance came just three minutes in through Sam Chapman but his header from Isaac Reed’s cross was wayward. The visitors did take the lead on the quarter of an hour mark with a goal handed to them. There seemed to be no danger to the home side as Reed drove in a cross towards home custodian Niall Herbert; the Spurs shot-stopper, however, misjudged the flight of the ball and Hayden Roe was on hand to poke the ball home from close range. Roe missed a chance to double his, and his side’s, tally for the day seven minutes later but could only head wide after an Ian Wilkinson cross. As the midfield battle intensified, Spurs came into the game more and equalised on the stroke of half-time. Tom Sercombe was hauled down in the area by Scott Telford as the two battled to win Mark Brooke’s long ball into the box; the referee was left with no option but to point to the spot. Dyson, who scored two for Teignmouth when the sides last met, stepped up for Spurs to send Liam Jones the wrong way and ensure the two sides went in at the break level.

Herbert was called into action early in the second half to thwart Roe before the home side missed two gilt-edged chances to go in front. Good play from Shaun Bowden and Dyson created the first opportunity for Sercombe but he could only scoop an effort over from 10 yards out with just Jones to beat, albeit with the aid of a slight bobble. Just a minute later it was Dyson’s turn to spurn what can be classed a sitter as he slashed wildly at the ball from an angle with the goal at his mercy. If these efforts were to be a warning to the away side – it was well and truly heeded by the table toppers. Craig Stonelake scooped an effort over from six yards out on the hour mark to reprieve Spurs’ back line,but with Teignmouth’s next meaningful attack, Spurs reprieve proved to be short-lived. 19 minutes of normal time was left on the clock when Dean Coppard’s left-wing cross was met by a fine glancing header from the energetic Finn Graham to give his side the lead. Despite still being in the game, Spurs hit the self-destruct button. Just a minute after taking the lead, Teignmouth sealed the game; Spurs’ Chris Metters back-pass was well short and pounced on by substitute Ryan Bush who had the composure to pick out the unmarked Chapman to tap home and earn his side a valuable three points. Joe Long denied Chapman his second with a goal-line clearance as Geoff Breslan’s side threatened to run away with the game. This they did with two goals deep into stoppage time. First, Bush got in on the act, neatly slotting home Reed’s through-ball before more schoolboy defending from the home side saw the scoreline completed on 95 minutes. Liam Jones’ long punt upfield was left by a Spurs defence who looked at each other for answers and Bush pounced on the uncertainty to round Herbert and slot into the empty net to give the scoreline a more flattering look, but Teignmouth a deserved victory nonetheless.

Next week, Spurs travel to Totnes & Dartington knowing they must start picking up results if they are to pull away from the bottom two.

FT: Newton Abbot Spurs 1 – 5 Teignmouth

More detailed reports and team info to come from the other South Devon Peninsula sides, but in the meantime, here is the round-up adapted from the League website at

 Premier Division:

Saltash United stretched their lead at the top of the table to eight points this afternoon as the Ashes won 3-1 away at Witheridge, a result that stretches new boss Phil Bayliss start to life in the hot-seat to four straight wins. Torpoint Athletic climbed three places to eighth after a narrow 1-0 win away at Stoke Gabriel. Camelford had a welcome 2-1 win away at bottom of the table Bovey Tracey.

Division One East:

The East Division was most affected by the weather with three of the eight scheduled matches postponed. Second placed Galmpton United  got back to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 win away at Budleigh Salterton. The University of Exeter remain in 5th place but closed the gap on the sides above them with a 5-0 win away at Liverton United. Elsewhere Brixham AFC had a first win for 2015 with a 2-1 home success over Okehampton Argyle.

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