SDFL 6th September 2014
A single goal, two minutes from the break was enough to bring new Newton Abbot Spurs management duo Matt Barrett and Jim Eustice their first SDFL Premier victory as well as the bragging rights in the home derby with Kingsteignton Athletic.
Spurs pressurised the visitors for much of the first half but Kingsteignton looked dangerous on the break and had the better of the chances. But it was just as the Rams were enjoying their best spell of the half when the game turned, the impressive Harrison Thorne bravely clearing his lines before Ben Frost, who also had a good game, crossed to present Dan Eustice with an easy finish.
The game was more open in the second half, but Spurs held firm to take the three points. The game ended in a big talking point as Kingsteignton’s excellent young goalkeeper Billy Courtier clattered Tom Chisholm as the Spurs man raced through on goal in stoppage time. But Gary Hammon produced just a yellow card.
“By the letter of the law he probably should have been sent off, but he’s only 16 and it was near the end of the game so there was no need,” said Spurs manager Matt Barrett. “It was nice to see a bit of common sense.”
“We were slightly disappointed with the second half as we let Kingsteignton back into it,” said co-manager Jim Eustice. “But one-nil is still three points and a good result at the end of the day.”
Despite the defeat, Kingsteignton manager Kevin Gardner found some positives. “I think we played quite well for a young side,” he said. “We competed in areas against a good, established Newton Spurs team and we were just unlucky and should have taken our chances.”
Watcombe Wanderers announced the signing of former Buckland Athletic striker Kain Bond at St George V, but the Greens seemed hardly short of firepower as they took Bovey Tracey Reserves apart, Mike Fieldhouse with four, Sean Finch with two and Owen Stockton, Peter Summerfield and Curtis Booth a goal apiece in a 9-1 win.
At one point it seemed Dartmouth AFC striker Dan Broadway was joining Upton Athletic, but his goal at Cricketfield Road came for the visitors as they opened their account with a decent 3-3 draw. And Karl Baker, who has been playing Peninsula football with Stoke Gabriel, was also in action for Dartmouth, the former Torquay United man netting a brace.
Watts, Blake & Bearne unleashed SDFL goal machine Josh Moore on opponents Loddiswell Athletic, and the debutant joined Dave Hodgson on the score-sheet in a 2-0 win at Abbrook Park in WBB’s opening tie.
Former Loddiswell striker Chris Smallridge was on target for new club Ivybridge Town Reserves at Windmill Hill but Waldon scored twice to take the three points.
In Division One, it looks like it might be a long, hard season for Ipplepen Athletic who shipped 17 to Chudleigh Athletic’s four at Moor Road. Buckland Athletic Thirds go top, Ryan Tovagliari and Joe Crook with the goals in a 2-1 victory at Broadhempston United. Babbacombe Corinthians and Beesands Rovers fought out a 1-1 draw, while Paignton Villa found joy on their travels, beating Totnes and Dartington Reserves 3-1 at the Foxhole Ground. Teignmouth Reserves are bagging far more goals than points at the moment, losing 5-2 at Kingskerswell & Chelston Reserves.
Buckfastleigh Rangers put a dent in Newton 66’s start with a 1-0 win at the Duckspond while Brixham AFC Reserves heaped more misery on Stoke Gabriel Thirds with a 3-0 away victory.
In Division Two, Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves now have two wins and two clean sheets to their name with a 3-0 away victory over last week’s big winners Abbotskerswell, Potter, Joy and Meekings with the strikes. But it’s Foxhole United who go top, Curtis Clarke putting away five as the home side smashed Totnes and Dartington Thirds 10-3. Brixham AFC Thirds played their first game, defeating South Brent 2-1, as did both Paignton Saints and promoted Ashburton who met at Whiterock, Ashburton recording a 4-2 away win.
In Division Three, Roselands go top as Ipplepen Athletic couldn’t raise a reserve side. A four goal blast by Lee Grimshaw helped Bishopsteignton United to a second heavy win, Josh Barling and Matt Back also finding the net in a 6-1 home victory over Chudleigh Athletic Reservers. Salcombe Town beat Dartmouth AFC Reserves 2-0 in the visitors’ opening fixture, Jack Prior and Ollie Stallard on the score-sheet. Upton Athletic Reserves won at Teign Village as Harbertonford Reserves drew 2-2 with Waldon Athletic Thirds. Loddiswell Athletic Reserves handed the points to South Brent Reserves.
Back-to-back home wins sees Newton Rovers top the early Division Four table, this weekend’s result a 5-1 thumping of Bovey Tracey Thirds in their opener. Last season’s Division Five champions, Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves, banged in the goals at Lewthorne Cross, Arren de Young and Bradlei Davison scored two apiece and Ryan Porter and Darren Rowe added goals in a 6-2 victory. Polonia Torbay recovered from a nightmare start to beat Paignton Villa Reserves 7-3, Karkau with a hat-trick and 17-year old Reczek also among the scorers. Dittisham United also enjoyed their first football of the season, scoring four with no reply at Meadowbrook Athletic. It was disappointment for Preston South End though as they lost out 4-3 at home to Newton Abbot 66 Reserves. Liverton United Reserves bounced back from opening day disappointment, winning 6-3 at home to Babbacombe Corinthians Reserves, Whittington (2) and Gill with Corries’ consolations. Torbay Police also recorded their first win, defeating Roselands Reserves 6-2 at Churston Grammar School. AFC Staverton enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 home win against Riviera United for their first action.
Torquay Town look like a force to be reckoned with in Division Five, the newcomers edging Malborough United 4-3 away to go top. Broadhempston United Reserves have also won their opening two, United scoring the only goal at Ashburton Reserves.
Moretonhampstead’s new strike force bagged three between them, Rui de Garces with a brace and Darren Bastow a single in a 5-2 win at Paignton Saints Reserves; Stuart Webb scored a double to complete a fine afternoon for Ted Locke’s side.
Barton Athletic recovered from their opening day defeat by recording a healthy 5-2 home win over a Stoke Fleming & Strete side in action for the first time. Jody Rooney was on target but it was Nick Ashby Pearce who grabbed the lion’s share with four.
Buckland and Milber Reserves kicked off their campaign with a 4-4 home draw against Watcombe Wanderers Thirds who also played out a high scoring draw last week. Danny Harry scored twice for the home side with Roland Blowers and Matt Winsor also finding the net. Finally, in the other Newton derby, United Reserves edged Rovers Reserves 6-5.