SWPL 4th October 2014
Division One East:
by Martin Jones
A fine second half performance from Teigns secured a comfortable victory over visiting Budleigh that extends their lead at the top of the table to four points.
Jack Greenslade scored direct from a corner in the 5th minute to give Budleigh the lead but Teigns were level a minute later when Adam Fay turned home Geoff Breslan’s corner. Fay put his side in front in the 19th minute, Geoff Breslan’s long ball sent Sam Chapman clear on the right wing; his initial shot was saved, the ball broke loose and Fay was on hand to slam home from 6 yards out. The visitors had the better of the remainder of the half and could quite easily have gone in at the break level but for a goal-line clearance from Terry Breslan.
Two minutes into the second period, Isaac Reed drove a low 20 yard free-kick under Budleigh’s defensive wall to put Teign’s 3-1 ahead. On the hour, Ian Wilkinson and Chapman combined to set up Fay who completed his hat-trick with an eight yard strike. Immediately, Teigns extended their lead, Fay turning provider and slipping the ball into Chapman’s path who duly lashed the ball past Budleigh’s despairing ’keeper from the edge of the box. Scott Telford added the 6th goal in the 87th minute, sweeping home Reed’s corner from close range. The gloss was taken off the victory when, in the 80th minute, a rash two-footed challenge by Greenslade on Teigns’ centre-half Scott Baxter saw the former given a red card. Play stopped whilst an ambulance was called as Baxter suffered a suspected broken leg.
FT: Teignmouth 6 – 1 Budleigh Salterton
Manager Shows Spurs the Way Forward
Newton Abbot Spurs returned to winning ways with a comfortable win over visiting mid-table side Alphington. Manager Adam Dyson was the star of the show, claiming a hat-trick, but it was an excellent all round team performance by Spurs, who started with a new look formation. Joe Long returned at right-back and there was a first start for Gary Fisher in centre midfield.
Spurs started strongly and were rewarded on 24 minutes, Fisher opening his side’s account with a fine curling effort from the edge of the area which gave Alphington keeper Jack McAndrews no chance. Spurs ‘keeper Sean Hooton was very much a spectator until ten minutes before half-time when he saved a close range effort from Pete Darke to preserves Spurs’ lead. Former Spurs player Kris Davis fired wide for the visitors three minutes before half time as they looked to get back on level terms.
Three goals in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half sealed the game for Spurs. On 50 minutes, Dyson scored his 7th goal of the season for Spurs, heading in Shaun Bowden’s right-wing cross from 8 yards out. On 58 minutes, Dyson got his second of the game with a deflected free-kick that wrong-footed McAndrews and completed his hat-trick a minute later, firing home on the angle after Carl Bradley’s pinpoint through-ball. Dyson could have added a fourth to his individual tally 2 minutes later but the Alpha’s Number One was equal to his effort. Spurs somewhat took their foot off the gas for the last 20 minutes which allowed Aplhington to score a consolation goal. Hooton denied Alpha’s substitute Nick Murray but, from the resulting cross, Spurs skipper Kevin Dadd inadvertently turned the ball into his own net. The visitors almost pulled another goal back but, after a Hooton save, Aaron Land could only scoop his effort over the bar.
A much improved performance from Spurs that saw them climb the table for the first time since their win over Plymstock in August. Spurs turn their attention to the Devon Premier Cup next weekend when they travel to South Devon League Premier Division Side Dartmouth.
FT: Newton Abbot Spurs 4 – 1 Alphington
With attention focused on the FA Vase, there were just three games in the top division today, none featuring South Devon sides. Leaders Ivybridge Town are now five points clear at the top after a 3-2 win away at Camelford.
Division One East
One for the local historians today: eight East games all ended in home wins. Second placed Galmpton United lost for the second week running as they went down 2-3 away at Totnes & Dartington. A quartet of chasing sides all won to stay in the hunt including Brixham AFC who had a 4-1 home victory over Plymstock United. Sidmouth Town climbed into the top half of the table with a 3-2 home victory over Liverton United.