SDFL 27th September 2014
Another SDFL Premier scalp was claimed by Division Two opponents on Saturday, with home side Brixham Town coming from behind to snatch a dramatic extra-time winner against struggling Loddiswell Athletic in the Herald Cup First Round. Jamie Swindells was the hero at St Mary’s Park, scoring both goals, including the header which sent them through. Not far away, at Wall Park, there was another cup upset of sorts, although Roselands 5-3 victory over Brixham AFC Reserves would not have shocked many despite the two division gap.
Although Upton Athletic comfortably negotiated their home tie with Division Three’s Salcombe Town as expected, an 8-2 defeat was more than respectable considering Town lost a player through injury and were forced to play much of the second half with ten men. On form Stoke Gabriel Reserves made short work of Hookhills United, winning 9-2 at home, while Kain Bond scored his first goal for Holders Watcombe Wanderers who defeated Paignton Villa 3-0, Sean Finch also scoring. East Allington United were too strong for Newton United, the Pirates defeating their hosts 4-1. Watts, Blake & Bearne were unable to make home advantage count in a 3-2 reverse against Ivybridge Town Reserves.
Barton Athletic will fly the Division Five flag in the Second Round, reaching the stage in consecutive seasons, after winning 2-1 at AFC Staverton, while Division Four’s Dittisham United turned the tables on Teignmouth Reserves, winning 4-2 at Coombe Valley.
Elsewhere, it was a good day for the Division One sides in the cup, Babbacombe Corinthians, Beesands Rovers, Broadhempston United, Foxhole United, Newton Abbot 66 and Totnes & Dartington Reserves going through at the expense of lower division sides. Finally, Polonia Torbay won 2-1 at Preston South End in an all-Division Four tie.
Fred Hewings Cup holders Buckland Athletic Thirds stamped their authority on the tournament they love, smashing Newton United Reserves 12-0. Beaten finalists Watcombe Wanderers Reserves are also through to Round Two, beating rivals Waldon Athletic Reserves 3-1 at Windmill Hill. The match of the round was at Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves where Stoke Gabriel Thirds won 6-4 after extra-time, Horn with five goals. Win of the round was at Kingskerswell & Chelston Reserves who routed Upton Athletic Reserves 13-1, while Division Five outfit Buckland & Milber Reserves turned their league form on its head with a 5-1 triumph over Division Four side Paignton Villa Reserves.
“A much improved performance,” was stand-in manager Steve Cooney’s verdict on Bovey Tracey Reserves’ first home league match of the season, following their shock cup exit last week. Jordan Blackmore scored a hat-trick for the Moorlanders, but Kingskerswell & Chelston were in fine goalscoring form themselves and moved second with a 7-3 triumph, Jordan Edgecombe with a hat-trick of his own. Bovey Tracey are still looking for a replacement for Dan Davis and interested parties should contact Steve on 07795373786 or via email@example.com. Unbeaten Dartmouth AFC moved up to third with a thumping 7-0 home win over Kingsteignton Athletic, while Buckland Athletic Reserves, the only Premier side yet to concede, edged the derby at Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves thanks to a Karl Green strike.
In Division One’s lone fixture, Chudleigh Athletic leapt to the top with a home victory over Buckfastleigh Rangers.
In Division Two, Ashburton and Buckland & Milber made it two wins out of two in their fixtures, beating Harbertonford and South Brent respectively.
In Division Three, a convincing 7-1 home triumph over Ipplepen Athletic Reserves puts unbeaten East Allington United Reserves up to second.
Manager Martin Flitcroft had said he would take the lessons learned from leaders Newton Rovers’ cup defeat into their next league performance. His players proved good students with a 5-0 win over Meadowbrook Athletic.
In Division Five, table-topping Torquay United’s perfect start goes on. After a goal-less first half, Joe Clark put Torquay one up five minutes after the break with a smart volley after a corner was half-cleared. Luke Webber equalised within minutes, from the penalty spot after the ‘keeper had brought down a Stoke forward in the box. Liam Coyle grabbed the winner with a fine header from a corner.