SDFL 28th February 2015
Division One side Beesands Rovers (left) overcame South Hams rivals and Premier Division title contenders East Allington United in Friday night’s Herald Cup semi-final at Longcross. In dank and chilly conditions, Guy Watson’s strike was enough to set up a Good Friday final date against either Watcombe Wanderers or Waldon Athletic who play on 11th March. Beesands have won the Herald Cup once, back in 1962.
In the George Belli Cup quarter-finals, holders Watcombe Wanderers saw off Ivybridge Town Reserves 6-1 at the King George V to add another semi-final to their packed fixture list; Royston Carrington and Sean Finch hit doubles, with Liam Strong and Curtis Booth completing the scoring.
Waldon Athletic have also secured a second semi-final; the Clarets won 4-1 at Kingskerswell & Chelston.
There were important matches in the Premier league too. Dartmouth AFC and Loddiswell Athletic both needed the points at the Loddiswell Playing Fields for very different reasons. It was Darts who collected them; Karl Baker with a hat-trick and Liam Wadeson, Charlie Smith and Josh Webber also on target to leave the hosts deep in trouble, goal difference alone keeping them above Bovey Tracey Reserves at the foot of the table. Bovey themselves lost out 2-0 at home to fellow strugglers Kingsteignton Athletic although manager Steve Cooney remained confident his side could escape the drop.
In Division One, Broadhempston United had the lions share of eight goals at Headlands, as they won 5-3 to knock Brixham AFC Reserves out of the Dartmouth Cup and progress to the semis. Chudleigh Athletic’s fine season continued as they put Newton Abbot 66 out 1-0 to book their semi-final birth. After a 1-1 draw in normal time, Buckland Athletic Thirds defeated Ipplepen Athletic 3-1 at Moor Road to progress.
It’s been a month to forget for Kingskerswell & Chelston Reserves who, despite finding the net through Alex Smith, lost out 3-1 in their home league tie with improving Totnes & Dartington Reserves. Teignmouth Reserves will also be glad to see the back of February: a run of four home games has brought them just three points. In contrast, opponents Stoke Gabriel Thirds completed a perfect month with a 3-2 win at Coombe Valley, Chatfield, Beeschen and Griffiths on target.
In Division Two, Ashburton booked their spot in another semi-final, scoring nine without reply at Abbotskerswell in the Lidstone Cup; Damien Francis Furnivall put four away at Abbots Park, Nathan Webb scored twice, David Bannister and substitute Will Small claimed singles and there was an own goal. Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves are 90 minutes away from consecutive finals, the Rams winning 3-0 at Waldon Athletic Reserves. Foxhole United will also be in the semi-final draw after a decent 4-2 win at Newton United.
In the League, Brixham Town got their promotion train back on track by stunning leaders Buckland & Milber. Dale Timblin’s side scored six and kept a clean sheet as the visitors fell to their first defeat of the campaign.
Brixham AFC Thirds picked up their first point in three games with a 1-1 draw at a South Brent side now unbeaten in four.
In Division Three, the cup-tied rule meant that only nine Upton Athletic Reserves players made the trip to Poole Lane for the Ronald Cup quarter-finals, where East Allington United Reserves romped to a 20-0 victory. Josef Sita and Joe Banfield scored four times each; there were hat-tricks for Kris Attiwell, Si Davis and Zak Haley; Chris Jebb struck twice and Justin Denning also found the net. Roselands join the Pirates in the final four with a hefty 11-1 victory over Bishopsteignton United despite having players missing and going a goal down in the first two minutes. But it was one way traffic from there, Max Prestwood bagging five, Tom Dunlop a brace and Marc Hagland, Mike Farnham, Kevin Mogg and manager Simon Walker singles.
In the league, South Brent Reserves finally achieved their first win of the season in some style, winning 4-0 away at Waldon Athletic Thirds. Harbertonford Reserves kept up the pressure on the top two with a 5-2 home win over Dartmouth AFC Reserves who scored through Smith and Holmes from the penalty spot. Chudleigh Athletic Reserves enjoyed back-to-back wins with a 5-2 triumph at Teign Village, while Salcombe Town beat bottom side Ipplepen Athletic Reserves by the same scoreline; Cameron Johnstone (2), Dennis Corbin, Luke Milton and Willie Giffen produced for Town.
Division Four leaders Liverton United Reserves despatched title rivals Riviera United from the Les Bishop Cup. Newton Rovers join the Lillies in the semi-finals with a narrow 2-1 win over Roselands Reserves.
Preston South End finally got their first win of the year – at the sixth attempt – with a 7-2 victory over Babbacombe Corinthians Reserves, one of only two SDFL sides yet to win a league match. Paignton Villa Reserves completed the double over Newton Abbot 66 Reserves, following up last week’s win at home with a 3-2 victory at Osborne Park.
In Division Five, the top three all made it in to the semi-finals of the Bill Treeby Cup – each with a six goal margin. Sam Pyne and Harvey Hickman struck twice apiece as Watcombe Wanderers Thirds sent Kingsbridge & Kellaton United out. Connor Finch and Austen Booth completed the scoring in a comfortable 6-0 victory. Barton also won 6-0, Neil Thomas with a hat-trick, Kriss Darke and Mark Lucas with singles and opponents Stoke Fleming & Strete putting through their own net. Broadmeadow came away from Chuley Road with an 8-2 triumph over Ashburton Reserves. Newton Rovers Reserves complete the final four, the only goal of the game at Long Lane coming in extra-time to send Buckland & Milber out.
In the League, Paignton Saints Reserves narrowly won 5-4 at Newton United Reserves who scored through Harris, Guttridge, Mitchell and an own goal. The bottom half of the table is very tight, separated by just five points. Malborough United were awarded a home walkover against Moretonhampstead.