South Devon Break Away in Peninsula East
Wins for the top four in the South West Peninsula Division One East, all from South Devon, means that the region’s clubs have now created a five point gap between themselves and the chasing pack headed by Appledore.
Teignmouth continue to lead the way after a Ryan Bush double saw the Teignbridge side through in torrid conditions away at league new boys Torridgeside. Newton Abbot Spurs stay second with a fine defensive performance and an away victory at Exeter side St Martins. Defender Liam Jones broke the deadlock midway through the first half with former boss Adam Dyson adding two after the break to seal a 3-0 success. Despite sitting in third spot, Stoke Gabriel still have the title in their own hands after a relentless assault on the Appledore goal. After a goalless first half at Broadley Lane, Josh Webber crossed for full-back Lewis Woodmore to open the scoring. Webber was again provider as Ollie Critchlow hit a second for the Railwaymen. Brixham AFC had a score to settle as they invited last week’s last-minute victors the University of Exeter to Wall Park. Kieran Parkin edged the Fishermen in front, eight minutes before the break but the visitors responded before the whistle to send the sides in 1-1. But Brixham took charge in the second half and scored through Scott Robinson, Graham Mercieca and Josh Lucas to run out 4-1 victors and leave them just a point behind Stoke and five above Appledore.
And it was not only the top four who were celebrating for South Devon. Galmpton United were rocked by a sending off in the first half but nevertheless managed to defeat visiting Sidmouth Town 1-0, Rob Farkins with a winner in the last five minutes. Crediton United took the lead at Liverton United but Justin Yeates’ side bounced back after the break with goals from Connor Stewart, Chris Newnham and Dom Aplin, 3-2 the final score from Halford. Sadly for Bovey Tracey, the Moorlanders couldn’t make it a South Devon clean sweep. Hosts Alphington took the initiative a minute before the break, as Bovey failed to clear their lines, and went in two up with a long-range goal scored seconds later. After the shock of those Moody and Darke strikes, Joe Bushin’s 53rd minute header, from a corner, brought the visitors right back in the game. But a penalty against Tucker, in the last 15 minutes, was scored by the Alphas to help them to a deserved 3-1 win.