DIGGING DEEP:Under-strength Upton Athletic were on the back foot for much of the game in a 3-2 home defeat to Waldon Athletic. (c) Richard Holland
Six of the Herald Cup quarter-finalists were decided on Saturday with Premier sides Ashburton and Buckland Athletic Reserves enjoying big wins and Watcombe Wanderers progressing due to Division Four opponents Kingsbridge and Kellaton United failing to raise a side.
The Ashes were away to local rivals and Division Five outfit Ilsington Villa in a highly-anticipated clash. But the result was never in doubt as Ashburton stored to an 8-1 win. Josh Moore scored two goals and was joined on the score-sheet by Carl Roles, Mitchell Sims, Jordan Kewell, Justin Grinsill and Damien Francis Furnivall; Villa also scored an own goal with Tom Bartlett netting their consolation at the other end. Buckland Athletic Reserves scored five without reply at Homers Heath to dump Loddiswell Athletic out of the competition; captain Matt Beer scored for the Yellows with James Colclough, Lewis Plackett and sub Paul Sharples also weighing in with goals. Division One leaders Totnes and Dartington Reserves secured their place in the last eight in an eventful game away at Division Two side Bovey Tracey Reserves. The Moorlanders went two up within ten minutes before a disastrous eight minute spell for the home side saw them concede three times, striker Daniel Block scoring twice and defender Olly Rowe putting Tots ahead at the break. Bovey got back on terms early in the second half before James Soper, coming off the Totnes bench scored with 15 minutes to go. Tots looked like they were going through in normal time but a controversial penalty for the hosts gave them the opportunity to draw level and force extra-time. Two more Block efforts found the net in the first period of a shortened extra-time (due to fading light) and though Bovey did find the net again, Tots edged through 6-5. Lee Pascoe scored a hat-trick for Bovey along with Alastair Chuchuck and Lewis Perring. To add to the drama, there were also two red cards per side.
Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves sent Paignton Saints out in the all-Division One encounter at The Rec. Sam Hancox found the net twice for Spurs with Joel Patchett and Mark Voisey the other goalscorers. The lowest ranked side in the quarters will be Broadmeadow STFC after the Division Two team ran out 6-0 winners against Babbacombe Corinthians who compete in the division above. Carl Woolnough bagged a brace for Broads with the other goals coming from Jack Haytread, Josh Hall, Andy Espley and a Corries own goal.
Buckland Athletic Thirds have once again reached the semi-finals of the Fred Hewings Cup and there is a potential for a re-match of last May’s final as Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves also made it through. Buckland dispatched East Allington United Reserves 3-1 through two Gordon Stevenson strikes and a single from Owen Yarnall. The Rams won by the same scoreline away at Waldon Athletic Reserves, Kyle Deakin with a hat-trick, while Upton Athletic Reserves sent Babbacombe Corinthians out of another cup with a 9-2 victory at Windmill Hill. Nick Miller struck four times for Upton with Jack Rendall claiming a hat-trick; Richard Frost and Mark McGregor completed the rout. The last semi-final place will be taken by either Watcombe Wanderers Reserves or Paignton Villa Reserves who play next Saturday.
Waldon Athletic closed the gap between themselves and Premier leaders Ashburton to three points with a narrow win against under-strength Upton Athletic at Armada Park. Upton started the game with only nine men so when Liam McKendrick gave Waldon an early lead one might have thought the floodgates would open. But Upton dug deep and Rui De Garces equalised from the spot. They then continued to defend in numbers while Waldon showed a lack of patience. The home side then gained a tenth player followed by the lead, Jamie Passmore breaking clear just before half-time. With 11 versus 10, Waldon continued to have the possession but couldn`t score, Ash Harris and Tom Hollland missing great chances. Holland made amends though, crossing for sub Josh Mason to head home with his first touch of the game. More chances went begging for the Clarets until injury time, when Pete Summerfield’s shot found Dan Harrity who made no mistake from six yards. Elsewhere, an Ollie Kewell hat-trick led Kingsteignton Athletic to a 5-2 triumph over Paignton Villa, keeping the Rams hot on the heels of the top two; Jakeb Hayward-Cann and Tom Reeves were also on target for the home side while Fran Durham scored in successive weeks for Villa. Si Hannaford scored twice on his return to the East Allington United side as the Pirates defeated Kingskerswell and Chelston 3-1 and Brixham AFC Reserves sent Roselands to a ninth defeat, Brendan Boddy, Matthew Constable and George Meredith notching in a 3-1 away win. Dartmouth AFC picked up an easy three points after Ivybridge Town Reserves failed to raise a side.
In Division One, Harbertonford moved above Chudleigh Athletic and into second place, on goal difference, with a 1-1 home draw with Watcombe Wanderers Reserves. Fords took the lead after 15 minutes whenSam Passmore found Tom Moody with a low cross and he netted with a fine finish. But the lead was short-lived, Watcombe getting back on terms when Michael Fieldhouse’s free-kick eluded everyone and nestled inside the far post. In the second half, the Fords’ task was made harder when they were reduced to ten men after Dan Bovey clattered into Watcombe skipper Sean Finch. They then had to dig deep to keep the visitors at arms length for the remainder of the game with Watcombe peppering their goal with shots from distance. But off-target shooting and a competent display from Fords stand-in ‘keeper Matt Maller earned the home side a share of the spoils. A Finley Bullen brace helped bring Beesands Rovers their fourth successive victory as the Bees won 2-0 at Ipplepen Athletic. The only other league game in the division was another tough one for struggling Stoke Gabriel Reserves. Ashley Yeoman lead the scoring with five as visiting Salcombe Town tore the home side apart with a 15-2 triumph. Charlie Barnes scored four of his side’s goals; Luke Milton and Matthew Thorn managed two apiece and Harrison Ward and Ryan Colmer also found the net for Salcombe.
In Division Two, leaders Bishopsteignton United went six points clear of second-placed Bovey Reserves although they have played five games more. Ben Beeson struck twice for Bishops in a 3-0 away win at Buckfastleigh Rangers, Jamie Bowen with their other goals. Riviera United and Liverton United Reserves, in third and fourth spot respectively, both kept up the pressure with wins. Shane Essam, Ryan Ford and Sean McArdle each scored for Rivi as they wrapped up a 3-0 home victory over bottom side Newton United. There were ten goals scored at Kingskerswell and Chelston Reserves with Liverton getting six of them. Nikolas Garrett and Sebastian Hennessy-Dobbs scored two apiece for the Lillies with Jordan Baxter and Tyler Joint the other goalscorers. After the previous week’s cup disappointment, Torbay Police succumbed to their first league defeat of the campaign, going down 4-3 at Hookhills United. Carl Bradley netted twice for the home side who also scored via Ian Collis and Shaun Wingrove; the Bees goals were delivered by Russell Cooper, Max Prestwood and substitute Kevin Smith.
Another two goals from the irrepressible Ben Bowhay saw Division Three leaders Meadowbrook Athletic rack up their eighth win in a row at home to Barton Athletic. By winning 2-0, Brook also made it three clean sheets on the bounce. Chudleigh Athletic moved into second with an important 4-0 victory over fellow title hopefuls Harbertonford Reserves, Robert Cook, Thomas Evans, Charlie Leisk and Emil Rosenberger with the goals. Ashburton Reserves brought a three game losing streak to an end in an 11-goal thriller against Dartmouth AFC Reserves at Chuley Road. Darts’ Nicholas Rushe led the way in terms of goals, scoring three of his side’s five, but Ashes outscored them with Benjamin Wallace scoring twice and Sam Dicken, Ben Drinkwater, Connor Rowles and sub Joshua Berrow also finding the net. Jake Osman and Lee Morgan were the visitors’ other goalscorers and there was also a red card apiece, Christopher Hewart dismissed for Ashes and Danny Rushe seeing Red for Dartmouth. Elsewhere, goals from Jamie Kelly and Benjamin Rothwell helped lift Teign Village above opponents Roselands Reserves in a 2-1 victory, their third on the spin; Mathew James scored the Red Army’s consolation.
It was a day for goals and tight margins in Division Four. Dittisham United edged their way back to the top of the pile with a close away win over Newton Abbot ’66 Reserves. Two goals from Joe Kirby and further strikes from Sam Davies and, from the bench, Alex Taylor-Collins earned the Plums a 4-3 victory; Tom Carne, Thomas Mountfield and sub Kevin Fisher were the Sixes’ goalscorers. Torquay Town are now three points behind after their weakened team lost out 3-2 at Newton Rovers. Eyup Ozbek, Jamie Parker and sub Keran Fletcher scored the all-important home goals with Richard Blaynee hitting two for Town who were without a recognised striker. Torbay Police Reserves and Riviera United Reserves fought out a 3-3 draw at Churston Grammar School. It was a first point since October for the Bees who scored through Luke Bowser (2) and Paul Christie. Rivi are now unbeaten in three, Garry Drew on target again along with James Bereford and Craig Chantry. Paignton Villa Reserves fell to consecutive losses with a 4-3 reverse at Bishopsteignton United Reserves. Lee Grimshaw maintained his recent goalscoring form with two goals for the hosts who also scored through Christopher Parker and Sebastian Shaw. Zach Luke Norton struck twice for Villa with Ciaran Farley joining him on the score-sheet; Alexander Williams’ dismissal saw the visitors end the game with ten men.
Surprise result of Division Five came at Headlands as Broadhempston United romped to a 5-1 win over leaders Watts Blake Bearne AFC. Dean Barter increased his tally by another two with David Alford, Daniel Cooke-Thomas and substitute Sam Caunter also producing goals; Cory Brennan netted for WBB. Barton Athletic Reserves took full advantage, winning 6-1 away at Newton United Reserves to close the gap to one point. Markus Micklewright scored a hat-trick for Athletic, Adam Townsend put away two and Luke Barton completed the visitors’ goalscoring; Alfie Manning netted for Newton. Paignton Saints Reserves finished the year with a well deserved 3-1 win at home to third-placed Brixham AFC Thirds to keep pushing up the table. Saints took a two goal lead thanks to goals from Matt Reed (his second in two games) and a debut goal from new recruit Luke Steward. Brixham got a goal back through James Larkin but, as they pushed forward in search of an equaliser, a delightful chip from Louis Davies from the edge of the box in the last ten minutes meant Saints bagged another three points. Fourth-placed Watcombe Wanderers Thirds closed the gap on Brixham by scoring seven without reply at home to Newton Rovers. There were doubles apiece for Charlie Cuss and sub Steeve Yava with the other goals coming from Joshua Clarke, Zack Schneider and Harry Smith. After two losses in a row, Stoke Fleming and Strete also enjoyed a convincing win, hitting five at home to Chudleigh Athletic Thirds with Athletic unable to find a response.