SDFL 4th October 2014
Division Five sides Broadmeadow and Buckland & Milber Reserves got a rare chance to play at the Devon FA ground at Coach Road in a Carl Throgmorton Friday Night Football clash. Buckland & Milber drafted in some first team talent for the tie but any advantage that may have given them was effectively wiped out just six minutes in when they had a player dismissed for a professional foul. The resultant free-kick was saved but followed in to give Broadmeadow an ideal start. That leave was doubled when the Buckland & Milber ‘keeper got his hand to a drive from the edge of the box, late in the half, but couldn’t keep it out. Then the game burst into life with four goals in ten minutes. First, Matt Ormeroyd’s belter from the edge of the box found the top left corner of the net for Buckland & Milber. Moments later, a superb cross from the left was headed in as Broadmeadow regained their cushion and then extended it following a corner. Buckland & Milber had the last word, Shaun Waldron converting a penalty. His side showed some nice touches in the second half, but the defensive cohesion of Broadmeadow kept them at bay, and they scored again via Todd Ballman’s penalty to complete his double, Andy Espley coming away with a hat-trick.
“They’re such a tight squad and fight for each other all the time which counts for so much,” said Broadmeadow manager Glynn Ballman.
“I think the sending off made a big difference to the team and the boys got their heads down,” said Buckland & Milber Reserves manager Ben Murphy. “But we stuck with it , gave a good battle and good performance and have got a lot to take away.”
Watcombe Wanderers still head the Premier table, Mike Fieldhouse with a double and Curtis Booth on target as the Greens ended Waldon Athletic’s unbeaten start. Dartmouth AFC also gained maximum points as Bovey Tracey Reserves failed to raise a side, while Buckland Athletic Reserves kept their perfect record at the expense of Kingskerswell & Chelston’s, Bucks winning 2-1 at Armada Park thanks to strikes from Hayman and Collins.
Stoke Gabriel Reserves made it four wins in a row in league and cup with a 3-2 triumph at Kingsteignton Athletic and it was good news for Upton Athletic who kept their first clean sheet of the season while putting four past Watts, Blake & Bearne. Ivybridge Town left it late to secure a point at home to Newton Abbot Spurs, Spurs throwing away a three goal lead in the last ten minutes.
Alex Browne ensured Beesands Rovers top the Division One table, his strike the only goal at the Cellars against visitors Brixham AFC Reserves. Second place Broadhempston compounded Ipplepen Athletic’s misery with twelve goals at Headlands. Paignton Villa’s unbeaten record goes on with a 5-2 victory over Stoke Gabriel Thirds, and Teignmouth Reserves picked up their first win with a very good 5-1 win at Buckfastleigh Rangers.
No fewer than four teams are yet to drop a point in Division Two, the top three making sure their opponents are still searching for a point: leaders Foxhole United beat Harbertonford; Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves won 4-1 at Hookhills United and Buckland & Milber knocked four in at Totnes & Dartington Thirds without reply. Ashburton complete the quartet after easing past Abbotskerswell 3-0. Halliday (2) and Drew gave unbeaten Brixham Town the bragging rights in a 3-1 derby victory over Brixham AFC Thirds.
In Division Three, Salcombe Town couldn’t repeat last season’s surprise home win over Roselands going down 6-1 at the Berry. Watcombe Wanderers Reserves join the leaders in not dropping a point, Liam Strong’s hat-trick helping them to a 5-1 triumph at Harbertonford Reserves.
The headline fixture in Division Four was AFC Staverton’s home tie against Newton Rovers. Jon Parsons and Dean Carns delivered the goals to lift Stavy level with Rovers at the top of the table. Unbeaten Dittisham United go third with a fine 6-1 over visitors Riviera United.
Torquay Town go a point clear in Division Five with a second consecutive league win over Stoke Fleming & Strete. Moretonhampstead kept their first clean sheet of the campaign as they scored seven at Newton United Reserves to rack up a third successive win.