SDFL 6th December 2014
East Allington United are fighting for success on three fronts now as the Pirates swiftly despatched visitors Kingsteignton Athletic to make the last eight of the Throgmorton Premier Cup. The Rams, who memorably despatched Mount Gould in the last round, were no match for the hosts who hit the ground running with Tom Rowdon putting in leading marksman Si Hannaford who pulled out an exquisite finish for an early opener and his 20th of the season. Dan Bowles put Rowdon in for number two, his 12th of the season, before full-back Craig Tucker smashed home a third after great play by James Ivatts. The irrepressible Hannaford added another three to his tally as the home side won through 6-1.
South Devon success in the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup now rests in the hands of Ashburton as the other four local sides crashed out of the last 16. Ashburton enjoyed a tight 3-2 home win over Amory Park Rangers, but Beesands Rovers lost out to an extra-time winner at home to Henry’s Cronies. Foxhole United were also unable to make home advantage count, beaten 5-3 by Lapford.
As for the traveling sides, they were soundly beaten with Paignton Villa hit for six at Exmouth Amateurs and Broadhempston shipping nine at Landkey Town.
There will be a Divison Five side in the area semi-finals of the Buddens Westinsure Intermediate Cup. Not Moretonhampstead, who hit the bar twice and had a last minute equaliser ruled out in a 1-0 defeat at home to AFC Staverton, but Barton Athletic, who stunned Division Three side Salcombe Town by winning 4-3 at The Berry. Roselands edged Polonia Torbay 2-1 at Armada Park, with fellow Division Three side Watcombe Wanderers Reserves ending Dittisham’s hopes with a 3-0 home victory, Liam Strong with another two and Lewis Bleir also on the score-sheet.
In the Premier division, the Clarets of Waldon Athletic sent high-flying Dartmouth AFC to their first defeat of the season with a resounding 4-0 victory at Windmill Hill. Dartmouth had the chance to pull away from rivals East Allington United at the top of the table, but the Torquay side’s surprise win puts them right in the title mix. Tom Pennicott headed the home side into a half-time lead before the inspired Josh Mason wrapped up a fine win with a second half hat-trick. Stoke Gabriel Reserves keep up the pressure with consecutive clean sheets and five goals at home to Kingskerswell & Chelston. Upton Athletic are now the division’s leading goalscorers after reaching double figures for the third time this season. Jamie Micklewright and Ryan Hare netted 13 between them as they tore Bovey Tracey Reserves apart at Barton Cricket Club, winning 19-2. The impressive Lee Chamberlain also found the net as did Louis Bergin (2), Andrew Walker, Ryan Little and Dan Kingscote. Newton Abbot Spurs enjoyed a second win on the spin with a single goal enough to leave Loddiswell Athletic with plenty to ponder. Ivybridge Town Reserves once more came away from Abbrook Park with the spoils after a resounding 7-0 win against Watts Blake Bearne, the team they also knocked out of the Herald Cup.
In Division One, Newton Abbot 66 moved level top with Beesands Rovers in an entertaining 5-3 win over visiting Teignmouth Reserves. Teignmouthg started well, having all the play and creating chances, and deserved to be 2-0 ahead with in form Bowen and man of the match Leyman scoring. But ‘66 came back well and pulled a goal back after Teigns had conceded a silly free kick. Then a crazy 20 minutes saw Teigns 4-2 down. When Leyman notched again to make it 4-3 there was a glimmer of hope, but it wasn’t to be and ‘66 scored again. It was another disappointment for Teignmouth who are putting in the performances but just can’t seem to get the points. Back-to-back home wins for Brixham AFC Reserves, with another nine goals scored in the process, moves the Fishermen into the top three; at least opponents Babbacombe Corinthians are finding the net these days – Nick Skinner, Dan Lawton and Max Corderoy scoring for the visitors. Chudleigh Athletic, the division’s leading goalscorers, put another five away, at home to Stoke Gabriel Thirds; they will be pleased to have only conceded one this week as their defensive record is the worst out of the top seven; Horrocks hit Stoke’s consolation. Buckland Athletic Thirds slipped slightly off the pace with a goalless draw at Totnes & Dartington Reserves. Bottom side Buckfastleigh Rangers earned their first point since September with a good 2-2 draw at Kingskerswell & Chelston, whose last win was at Rangers back in October. Richard Anthony and James Ellis hit the target for the visitors.
In Division Two, Roland Blowers and Danny Harry won the points for leaders Buckland & Milber in a 2-1 victory at Harbertonford. Matt Joy, playing for Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves, had a gilt-edged opportunity to put his side ahead at second-placed Brixham Town, but James Powder’s penalty save let his side off the hook, and Town went on to control the match. A Liam Halliday hat-trick followed by a stunning 25-yard volley from Dave Brown sealed the points for the home side whose promotion charge moves forward into December. Newton United made up for their defeat at Brixham AFC Thirds two weeks ago with a decisive 4-0 triumph in the reverse fixture, Chris Harper, Olly Lang, Tony Dyke and Alex Narvidge with the strikes. Waldon Athletic Reserves’ up-and-down season continues after they crashed 4-0 at a Hookhills United side in action for the first time since the beginning of November. A rare home match for Abbotskerswell wasn’t enough to bring the Abbots some much-needed respite as Paignton Saints came away with a 3-2 victory courtesy of an own goal, a Josh Chase penalty and a strike from Sean Paul Hooton. Totnes & Dartington Thirds, still without a point, must be getting sick of narrow defeats. South Brent, themselves struggling, were the latest side to edge Tots, winning 2-1 at Palstone Park..
In Division Three, East Allington United move within two points of the top, beating Teign Village 6-1 away; Attiwell scored three, Jebb two and Sita a single. Bishopsteignton United put four past Waldon Athletic Thirds for their second win on the bounce. Dartmouth AFC Reserves brought some of their cup form to the league with a 4-2 triumph over Upton Athletic Reserves who have been blighted by inconsistency so far this season.
Ipplepen Athletic Reserves finally got off the mark, at the ninth time of asking, beating South Brent Reserves 5-1. South Brent are now the only side in the division yet to taste victory.
In Division Four, Torbay Police won the six-pointer at Riviera United 5-2 to climb into the top three. Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves’ strong run goes on, Glen Palmer (2), Ryan Porter, Brett Easterbrook and Eric Hale scoring in a 5-0 win over Newton Abbot 66 Reserves. Despite being under the cosh for most of the first half, Newton Rovers weathered the storm at a bitter Lewthorne Cross to emerge 5-1 victors over Ilsington Villa. After a difficult November, Meadowbrook Athletic started December well with an excellent point at Preston South End, David Topham and Jamie Howrihane scoring at Whiterock. Roselands Reserves got back to winning ways, beating struggling Paignton Villa Reserves 4-1.
It’s looking like Broadmeadow are determined to spend only the one season in the bottom tier, as the new boys won 3-1 at Stoke Fleming & Strete to move up to second spot. Goals are a precious commodity in games involving Torquay Town, with only three scored in the last three games. But it was Town who got the important strike this week to overcome Kingsbridge & Kellaton United. The Newton mid-table derby went the way of Newton Rovers Reserves, but only just. Newton United Reserves ran the home side close, scoring through Hitt, Mitchell, Guttridge and Goacher, but were outscored 5-4. Paignton Saints Reserves, now unbeaten in three, earned another point with a goalless draw at Broadhempston United Reserves. Buckland & Milber Reserves smashed Malborough United 7-0 for their second league win of the campaign, Jason Palmer with a hat-trick, the reliable Cory Brennan with two and Matt Winsor and Clint Brook with the remainder.