SDFL 17th January 2015
Waldon Athletic knew that January was going to be a pivotal month for them, and so far they have achieved maximum leverage, following up last week’s Herald Cup success by ending leaders East Allington United’s 100 per cent record at Poole Lane. It was a repeat of the 4-0 scoreline they stunned Dartmouth with last month, although the Pirates did hit the woodwork a number of times. Chris Harrity continued his recent scoring spell with a hat-trick in ten minutes for the Clarets.
Upton Athletic remain in third spot with a 3-0 triumph at Stoke Gabriel Reserves, Jamie Micklewright scoring twice and Ryan Hare with the other.
At the bottom of the table, Bovey Tracey Reserves scored four and kept their first clean sheet of the season in a home win over Ivybridge Town Reserves. Callum Livingstone struck twice for the Moorlanders with Jack Salmons and Jordan Blackmore also finding the net.
Bovey’s resurgence is cause for concern for fellow stragglers Kingsteignton Athletic and Loddiswell Athletic, with both sides losing away from home. Dan Thieman’s 58th minute strike, low into the bottom corner of Simon Tapper’s goal, was enough to earn Kingskerswell & Chelston the points against Lodds. Despite the hosts’ line-up being dominated by 16 and 17 year olds, they matched Loddiswell throughout, although the final ball was often found wanting and they should have made more of numerous corners, particularly in the first half. Loddiswell looked threatening at times, Rob Tapper, Lee Hammett and Kieron Trent giving the blues’ defence plenty to think about, but solid performances from goalkeeper Ben Francis and defender Luke Brown kept the visitors at bay. The result should now ease any fears the hosts may have had of being drawn into a relegation scrap themselves. As for the Rams, they predictably came away from the King George V with nothing, champions Watcombe Wanderers with a 6-0 victory. Dan Broadway scored his first since arriving from Dartmouth, Curtis Booth hit a double and Sean Finch, Mike Fieldhouse and Lewis Woodmore added the rest.
Division One’s most productive front lines came up against one another at Chudleigh Sports Centre, and delivered another eight goals between them. The hosts moved into the top three after a 5-3 victory over leaders Brixham AFC Reserves, but fortunately for the Fishermen, neither Beesands Rovers nor Paignton Villa could take full advantage, their title rivals fighting out a 2-2 draw at the Cellars. Buckland Athletic Thirds enjoyed their biggest league win of the season in the derby at Newton Abbot 66, moving above their neighbours. Ben Cowling scored a hat-trick, Austin Sample a brace and Ryan Tovagliari a single in a 6-0 win. Ipplepen Athletic climbed another two places with a 7-1 thrashing of troubled Teignmouth Reserves. The Pens are now five matches unbeaten. Beetschen, Horn and Boiston were on target for Stoke Gabriel Thirds as they defeated Kingskerswell & Chelston Reserves 3-2 to move to within a point of their hosts. Bottom side Buckfastleigh Rangers earned only their fifth point of the season after a 3-3 home draw with Totnes & Dartington Reserves; Rich Anthony, Mat Byford and Vince Reeves scored for Rangers.
Only two matches went ahead in Division Two: Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves swept South Brent aside 6-0 to lift themselves back into the top three. Six goals were shared at Denbury Playing Fields, goals from Newton United’s Jamie Lock, Ben Sims and Chris Harper cancelled out by Josh Wiginton, Jamie Ford and Josh Chase for Paignton Saints.
In Division Three, consecutive wins move Bishopsteignton United up to second, the Bishops defeating East Allington United Reserves 4-1 at Michael’s Field in an entertaining game, the visitors suffering a second straight defeat. Ted Locke is back at Upton Athletic, managing the reserves alongside Chris Jackson. Upton won 5-4 against Ipplepen Reserves with Steve Rohan scoring the winner. South Brent Reserves and Dartmouth AFC Reserves’ match had to be abandoned in the second half after alleged trouble between players and officials. Roselands’ latest battle with Watcombe Wanderers Reserves ended with victory in the Intermediate Cup area semi-finals. They will be joined by AFC Staverton who eased past Barton Athletic 4-0 courtesy of strikes from Ash Wyatt, Paul Williams, Lee Clarke and Jon Parsons.
Liverton United moved back to the top of Division Four with a comfortable 4-0 win at Paignton Villa Reserves. The SDFL’s meanest defence conceded two for the first time in the league this season; but unbeaten Dittisham United still bagged three points as they defeated Preston South End 3-2 at Shinners Meadow. Roselands Reserves won 4-0 at Ilsington Villa whose season goes from bad to worse.
In Division Five, Broadmeadow increased their winning run to five by edging Kingsbridge & Kellaton United 3-2 away from home. Ashburton Reserves started their year with a win, 2-1 away to Buckland & Milber Reserves in only their second league match since November; Matt Winsor scored the hosts’ consolation. Stoke Fleming & Strete and Newton Rovers ensured a fourth match unbeaten for them both with a 2-2 draw at Stoke Fleming Village Green. Paignton Saints Reserves lost for the first time since November’s Fred Hewings Cup exit as they went down 5-1 at home to Newton United whose last win was in October. On the score-sheet for United were Swann, Goucher, Guttridge, Mitchell and Crane.