SDFL 1st November 2014
It was a largely successful day for the SDFL’s Throgmorton Premier Cup contingent, four out of five clubs going through to Round Three.
Buckland Athletic co-manager Neil Snell applauded a ‘brilliant’ display from Buckland Athletic Reserves who came away from Torridgeside with a 5-0 success. Bucks started quickly in an otherwise even first half, scoring after just three minutes through Ben Head before full-back Nick Hayman’s long ball found Lee Pike who put away a good header with only six minutes played. Early in the second half, Ben Robinson netted directly from a free-kick as Bucks took control. With around 20 minutes to go, Ben Robinson scored his second after good work from Lewis Perrin. Then in the last minute Lee Pike scored a fifth after Jack Seatherton’s cross. The only sour note for the Yellows was a broken ankle for Pike, sustained during the final goal.
The youngsters of Kingsteignton Athletic defied their league form by pulling off an impressive result at Broadpark by despatching Plymouth and West champions Mount Gould 5-4, despite trailing 3-1 at the interval; the Rams’ scorers were Michael Sanders (two), Mark Voisey, Callum Leech and Mark Prowse.
Holders Watcombe Wanderers maintained their place in the competition by the narrowest of margins, winning a penalty shoot-out 4-2 at Thorverton following a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Sean Finch scored the Greens’ goal from open play.
And East Allington join their Premier colleagues by despatching Peninsula East side Plymstock at Deans Cross, Ben Robey and Si Hannaford with the goals.
Unfortunately, Ivybridge Town Reserves couldn’t make it a clean sweep, Peninsula West opponents Vospers Oak Villa enjoying a 4-1 victory at Erme Park.
It was a similar story in the Firewatch Senior Cup, with al but two SDFL clubs progressing to the last 16. Stoke Gabriel Thirds will be glad to see the back of Beesands this season, the Bees adding to their league double with an 8-1 cup hammering at the Cellars. Yet again the South Hams side spread the goals around the team, Guy Watson with two and Jed Tucker, Lee Morgan, Joe Bailey, Gus Hayward, Danny Tucker and Rob Greenwood with singles. Division Three side Ashburton also swept aside visitors Merton as their cup campaign continues to advance on two fronts. There were also comfortable home wins for Paignton Villa and Broadhempston United against Chaddlewood Miners Reserves and Newtown Reserves. Despite a late comeback from the visitors, four down with minutes to go, Foxhole United also progress after defeating Chagford 4-3 at Belfield, but an extra-time goal at Amory Park Rangers sent Kingsteignton Reserves out of the competition.
In the Buddens Westinsure Intermediate Cup, Salcombe Town sent fellow Division Three side Bishopsteignton out, winning 5-1 at the Berry, while Dittisham continued their cup form with an extra-time winner at Liverton United Reserves in the all-Division Four tie. Division Five side Moretonhampstead overcame Newton 66 Reserves from Division Four 5-2, while Division Four leaders AFC Staverton knocked out Chagford Reserves 4-2 away from home. Division Four Polonia Torbay’s fine season continues as Les Barszcz’s side put six past Meadowbrook with no reply, and Roselands came away from Newton Rovers with the same result. Watcombe Reserves were too much for Ashburton Reserves, the Greens romping to a 13-1 win at the King George V. That leaves Barton Athletic flying the Division Five flag following a thumping 8-0 home win over Torquay Town.
With Premier leaders Watcombe Wanderers on County Cup duty, Dartmouth AFC narrowed the gap to two points with Dan Broadway’s hat-trick and a single from Karl Baker helping Darts overcome Kingskerswell & Chelston at Armada Park. Upton Athletic, who have conceded just once since September, moved up to third with another clean sheet and two goals as they defeated Loddiswell Athletic. Waldon Athletic are into the top six with a fine 3-0 home win over Stoke Gabriel Reserves, Bowker with a hat-trick, while Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves got back to winning ways with a 4-2 victory at Bovey Tracey Reserves.
In Division One, Buckland Athletic Thirds head the table after squeezing past Kingskerswell & Chelston Reserves 5-4 away from home. Newton Abbot 66 climb to second with a 3-1 victory at Chudleigh Athletic, while Brixham AFC Reserves made it three on the bounce, winning 3-0 at home to Totnes & Dartington Reserves. Buckfastleigh Rangers’ home tie with Ipplepen Athletic was abandoned by referee Phil Webb shortly before half-time, after alleged trouble on the pitch; Rangers were 3-2 up at the time.
In Division Two, leaders Buckland & Milber slammed Brixham AFC Third 11-1 at St.Mary’s; Josh Moore’s happy homecoming continued with four goals, and there were hat-tricks for Dan Steer and Lee Lewis. Two goals by second-place Brixham Town’s Jamie Swindells extended their unbeaten start as Town enjoyed success in their first away match of the season, 2-0 at South Brent. Newton United claimed a first win since September, ending Hookhills United’s run with a 6-3 win at Bakers Park. Calvin Endacott put away a hat-trick and Andy Turner, Jamie Lock and Tony Dyke weighed in with goals for United. Totnes & Dartington Thirds were looking to emulate their reserves’ cup result at Abbotskerswell last week, but Abbots took the points with a 3-2 triumph at Abbots Park. Paignton Saints mustered their first win of the campaign as they condemned Harbertonford to a 4-2 defeat at the Hams, the Fords’ fifth loss. Jonny Emery hit a double for Saints with Luke Pocknell and Nicky Botiki Powls also netting.
In Division Three, Harbertonford Reserves heaped more misery on South Brent Reserves as they stormed to second with an 8-1 win at Palstone Park. Inconsistent Upton Athletic Reserves won 2-1 at Waldon Athletic Thirds who still await a win.
In Division Four, Riviera United missed the chance to take top spot with a 2-1 home loss to Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves, Colin and Connor Hayman, father and son, on target for the visitors. Torbay Police drew closer to the pack with a close 4-3 success at Paignton Villa Reserves, as did Preston South End, nothing close about their 7-0 goalfest at Ilsington Villa.
In Division Five, second-place Broadmeadow made it six out of six with a 2-0 triumph at home to Newton United Reserves. Kingsbridge & Kellaton made it three wins in a row with a 2-0 victory at goal-shy Stoke Fleming & Strete, while Buckland & Milber finally secured their first points – and win – overcoming Newton Rovers Reserves 4-2, Cory Brennan and Aaron Barker with two apiece. Malborough United picked up their first home success, edging Broadhempston United Reserves 3-2.
Dartmouth AFC Reserves swept Paignton Saints Reserves out of the Fred Hewings Cup, 6-0 the scoreline courtesy of Little (2), Armitage, Berry, Lee and an own goal. Saints also lost a player to an injured ankle, although it is not thought to be a break.