SDFL Round Up – 23rd March ’19
Dartmouth AFC returned from Kingsteignton Athletic’s Broadpark with the points to stay on top of the Premier Division for another week. Lee Morgan and Rhys Morrallee delivered the visitors’ goals with Clark Bassett on target for the Rams, writes Neil Hocking.
Buckland Athletic Reserves remain in hot pursuit after they also won away. Dan Rankin, who has been scoring goals for Dartmouth this season, found the net twice for Bucks in a 4-0 win at Brixham AFC Reserves. Joe Constantinou and Mitch McCann completed the scoring.
Chudleigh Athletic moved up to third in their crucial home game at home to fellow promoted side Totnes and Dartington. The visitors did take the lead in the first half though, Ben Nickells following up when Daniel Block’s free-kick had hit the wall to fire home via the underside of the crossbar. Chudleigh found the equaliser after the break, Jed Roberts unfortunately heading past stand-in ‘keeper Charlie Ginley as he tried to deal with a deep cross. Despite fielding a scratch side, Totnes nearly earned a point but their hard work was undone when substitute Oliver Williams headed home a late winner from a disputed corner. The win keeps Athletic in with a shout of the title while all but ending Tots’ chances.
East Allington United enjoyed their biggest win of the season as they defeated Watcombe Wanderers 6-1 at Poole Lane. Robin Dart managed a hat-trick for the Pirates with Josef Sita, Josh Pascoe and Andy Davis also netting.
Roselands are now unbeaten in three league games. The bottom side earned a valuable point at Chuley Road, cancelling out Ashburton’s opener just before half-time before taking the lead early in the second half. The defending champions scored their second to ensure a share of the spoils.
Paignton Villa, who have just three games left to play, were donated three points by Kingskerswell and Chelston who were unable to raise a side.
A draw at Broadmeadow STFC on Saturday will see Paignton Saints secure the Division One title with five games to spare. They fell behind at Buckland Athletic Thirds on Saturday though, Adam Fay heading home a first half corner at the back post. Richard Malone headed an equaliser before the break to send the sides in level and then Jamie Micklewright, Luke Johnson and Malone again wrapped up the win in a clinical second half.
Broadmeadow enjoyed their third away win on the spin as they beat Babbacombe Corinthians 4-1 at Armada Park. Tommy Trout scored twice for the visitors and was joined on the score-sheet by Andy Espley and Dean Coppard.
Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves stay third after a decent performance and win at Bovey Tracey Reserves. The Moorlanders took the lead in a fairly even first half but goals from Matthew Williams and Ryan Sweeney saw Spurs go into the interval 2-1 up. Spurs had the best of the majority of the second half but Bovey created a few chances near the end which nearly earned them a point. The closest they came though was when a looping header hit the corner of post and bar.