SDFL 31st January 2015
Torquay sides Waldon Athletic and Watcombe Wanderers successfully negotiated their first round ties in the George Belli Cup, but in two very different matches. Dartmouth AFC came to Windmill Hill looking to make amends for a 4-0 loss there in December, and they were soon well on their way, racing into a two goal lead with Freddie Smith and Karl Baker on target. But Waldon dug in and Jake Grinsall pulled one back for the Clarets after arriving at the far post to meet a cross from the right. Another cross from the right, 12 minutes into the second half, found Liam McKendrick, and he lifted the ball over Ryan Walton to level the score. Charlie Smith nearly headed a dramatic late winner for the visitors, but had to wait until extra-time to get his goal, from a free-kick. Dartmouth looked to have the game in the bag, but victory was turned into defeat in the blink of an eye. With seconds remaining, Tom Pennicott struck an equaliser and then, just after the restart, Sevvy Reilly’s cross was nodded in by Brian Doughty to send Waldon through.
A couple of miles away, Watcombe were having a far more comfortable time as they hammered Kingsteignton Athletic 9-0. Sean Finch scored five of his own with midfielders Pete Summerfield and Royston Carrington, and defenders Wayne Bergin and Jack Taylor also finding the net.
Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves, already through to the quarter-finals, can now start looking up the league table as they won 4-2 away at Kingskerswell & Chelston.
Division One outfit Ipplepen Athletic had already turned their league form around after a horrendous start, and now they’re on a cup run too. Tony Srdinko’s side dispatched last year’s Dartmouth Cup finalists Teignmouth Reserves, winning 6-2 at Coombe Valley to join Brixham AFC Reserves and Broadhempston United in the last eight.
Two more teams join Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves and Newton United in the Lidstone Cup quarter-finals, with Waldon Athletic Reserves edging out Brixham AFC Thirds 2-1 at Wall Park and Abbotskerswell coming through a nine-goal thriller at South Brent, 5-4 the final score.
Roselands, runners-up in the Les Bishop Cup last season, overcame Salcombe Town at The Berry to make the last eight of the Ronald Cup. Dartmouth AFC Reserves wrapped up a sixth successive win and third straight clean sheet as they knocked South Brent out of the competition with a single goal at Longcross, Morrallee with the strike.
There were no league matches in Divisions One and Two, but Chudleigh Athletic Reserves moved into the top half of Division Three with a 3-2 victory at bottom side Waldon Athletic Thirds.
Division Four leaders Liverton United Reserves defeated Dittisham United for the second time in as many weeks, reaching the quarter-finals of the Les Bishop Cup with a 4-1 success at Halford. Roselands Reserves also made it through, a single goal enough to knock out visitors, and Bill Treeby Cup holders Preston South End.
Watcombe Wanderers Thirds, who won the Ivor Andrews Cup last season, advanced to the quarter-finals of the Bill Treeby Cup with a 2-1 home win over Malborough United. Their opponents in last year’s final, Kingsbridge & Kellaton United will join them in the hat after narrowly beating Torquay Town at windswept Malborough Village Playing Fields. Dominic Farley put the home side ahead within the first twenty minutes, with a fine strike from just outside the box, but Torquay’s Liam Coyle put Bart Karkau through to equalise, the former Polonia Torbay player hitting a measured strike to the left of 52 year old goalkeeper Richard Thule. Soon after, striker Ant Roach, playing his first game for the club, rolled back the years to fire the visitors ahead. But Elliott Bradbury ensured the sides went in level at the break, converting a corner from the Kingsbridge right.
Karkau almost put Torquay ahead just before the hour mark, but Thule pulled off a fine save to deny his curling effort. Apart from that effort, neither side really looked like scoring and the match duly went into extra-time. The hosts upped the pressure in the final thirty and were rewarded when Brett Auger found the net in the first period of extra-time to put the South Hams side through.
Newton Rovers Reserves knocked out rivals Newton United Reserves 3-1 at the Denbury Playing Fields, Gareth Harris with United’s consolation.
Broadmeadow and Moretonhamstead went in to their cup tie, held on Friday night at Coach Road, in optimistic mood given that their recent league meeting had resulted in a narrow Broads 1-0 win. But this time Broads were much quicker out of the blocks, Todd Ballman latching on to Matt Rushton’s through ball and striking a thumping drive past Moreton’s keeper Aiden Messer. Ten minutes later and Andy Espley was upended in the box, with Ballman converting the penalty. The game then became a much more even affair until the last ten minutes when Moreton committed more players forward. On the break, Ballman turned provider when he skipped past a defender to deliver to top scorer Espley to convert. In the dying seconds, Dave Swift’s drive was well saved by Messer but Espley was on had to nod in the rebound.
In Division Five, Barton Athletic secured another three points away from home, winning 3-2 at Stoke Fleming & Strete thanks to a brace from player-manager Czesiek Solecki and a single from Neil Thomas.