Bobby Dazzler: Torbay Police hit ten past Teign Village with Bobby Chancellor scoring half of them. (c)MiraclePR
Buckland Athletic Reserves extended their lead to a formidable 20 points as they scored twice late on at Wall Park, ending Brixham AFC Reserves’ five match unbeaten run. Matt Beer notched another from the penalty spot with George Fice also netting. Waldon Athletic lifted themselves into second spot by overcoming Ashburton 3-1 at Chuley Road. Ashburton were definitely quickest out of the blocks, scoring after 10 seconds, but Waldon didn`t take too long to gain control of the football and Josh Mason duly equalised. In the second half, Ashley Harris bundled the ball home for a rare goal before Zak Gleeson converted from a corner after being given time to bring the ball down in the box. The Clarets now have six games in hand over Buckland over which they will try to claw back that huge points gap. The rest of the top six all enjoyed wins: Watcombe Wanderers’ first game at their new Long Lane home brought them three points. Sam Pyne collected a brace and there were singles for Sean Finch, Cieran Bridger and Zane Turner in a 5-2 victory over Ipplepen Athletic. East Allington’s Simon Hannaford is seemingly unstoppable at the moment as he put away five at Upton, Tom Rowdon and Ben Robey also scoring in the Pirates’ 7-2 success. Upton had pulled it back to 2-2, the second a classic Darren Bastow free-kick, but the visitors pulled away in the second half. Meanwhile, Dartmouth AFC were ruthless at Ivybridge Town Reserves, Nick Rushe with a hat-trick and brother Danny, Kev Causley, Robbie Chalk, Jon Rimmer and Dan Rankin all finding the net in an 8-0 triumph. Kingskerswell and Chelston close on the top half of the table with a narrow 3-2 win at Kingsteignton Athletic. With games running out, Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves will be more relieved than overjoyed as Liam Price’s first half goal brought them a first win since October at home to Loddiswell Athletic.
In Division One, Roselands and Buckland Athletic Thirds continue to lead the way after both sides secured wins and clean sheets. The Reds met long term rivals Watcombe Wanderers Reserves and came out on top with a 3-0 victory, maintaining their impressive 100 per cent win record at their new ground. With Watcombe ‘keeper Scott Corderoy in inspired form, making saves from Luke Dandy and Richard Malone, it took a breathtaking 30-yard lob from the right angle from striker Marc Hagland to break the deadlock. Malone had a chance early in the second half to extend the lead after bursting past Watcombe defenders Lewis Woodmore and Elliot McIntosh only for Corderoy to pull off another great save. Watcombe’s main architects were Luke Rhodes and Connor Finch but the Roselands back three, Luke Steward in particular, and ‘keeper Josh Stride repelled any attacks. Moments later, Dandy thought he had put the Reds two up, driving a fierce shot from the edge of the box into the back of the net, only to see the goal scratched off for a controversial offside. Minutes later though, a good run from Roselands wing-back Martin Luker saw him provide a cross for Malone to smash a second goal in from close range. Watcombe’s best chance then came from a well taken Hunter free-kick which had to be tipped over the bar by Stride. Roselands top scorer Tom Dunlop had the last word, grabbing his customary goal by smashing a header past Corderoy from former Green Mitchell McMillan’s cross. Both teams meet again next week in the Dartmouth Cup! Buckland Thirds managed six away at Kingskerswell & Chelston Reserves and emerging as real title contenders are Paignton Villa after they made it five wins in a row with a convincing 6-0 triumph over visiting Stoke Gabriel Reserves. Harbertonford slipped out of the top three after suffering a second loss on the bounce, 4-1 away at Newton Abbot ’66. The Sixes now sit just a point behind Fords with games in hand over the teams above. Babbacombe Corinthians came back twice against Beesands Rovers until the visitors’ third clinched it for them. After going one down, a great half volley from Callum Crews got Corries back into it. The Bees once more got themselves in front but a period of plentiful possession for the home side was rewarded by a 30-yard screamer from Connor Charlesworth . Corries looked more likely to score the winner but after the Beesands ‘keeper made three quality saves from Crews, Charlesworth and Curtis Marshall, Rovers managed to score, against the run of play, to nick the points. Finley Bullen scored two of Beesands’ goals with Elliot Bellamy also on target. Totnes and Dartington met Bovey Tracey Reserves for the second time in a fortnight and wrapped up the double with a 2-0 victory at the Recreational Ground. Olly Smith and Jamie Squires found the net for Tots but Bovey put in a good performance and were unfortunate not to find the net.
After last week’s stumble, Division Two leaders Salcombe Town were clearly in no mood for a repeat at home to Waldon Athletic Reserves. Ashley Yeoman grabbed four for himself in an emphatic 11-0 win for Town with Kieran Stallard and Matt Thorn scoring doubles and Callum Nolan, Harrison Ward and Charlie Barnes completing the rout. Buckfastleigh Rangers overcame Brixham Town 3-1 away to keep up the pressure while in a very entertaining game at Belfield, well-officiated by referee Eddie Green, Paignton Saints and AFC Staverton fought out a 2-2 draw. Saints started brightly, controlling the game and having the bulk of possession, and it was no surprise when Mike Howes’ powerful drive gave them the lead within the first 15 minutes. Saints continued to dominate but it was Staverton who struck next, with their first meaningful chance, Saints ‘keeper Ben Archer scrambling to prevent a corner, only to push the ball towards the advancing Jonathan Parsons who slotted into the unguarded goal from a tight angle. Saints continued to put on the pressure but it was Staverton who broke away to take the lead mid-way through the second half, substitute Christian Griffiths with the goal. Saints, again, pushed forward, finally rewarded when Jordan Williams laid an excellent through ball into the path of Matt Reed who fired the ball in off the back post. Despite more Saints pressure, Staverton were well organised and got bodies behind the ball to hold out for an impressive point. Liverton United Reserves took their chance to move into the top four with a third win – and clean sheet – in succession. The Lillies overcame Kingsteignton United Reserves 4-0 at Halford, a score matched by Stoke Gabriel Thirds who defeated Newton United with two goals apiece from Beetschen and Horn. Hookhills United’s bright start to the year continued with a comprehensive 6-1 victory at Dartmouth AFC Reserves. Paul Bramwell and Gary Rivers collected braces with Nathan Nalis and Shaun Wingrove also finding the back of the net for United. Struggling Bishopsteignton United and Teignmouth Reserves played their game at the Broadmeadow Sports Facility, Bennett and Harte with the strikes that saw Bishops claim a much-needed three points and leaves Teigns bottom.
Aaron Gooding netted his first goal for Division Three leaders Broadmeadow STFC in a 3-0 win away at Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves, Whatmore and Kenward with the other Broads’ strikes. Second-placed Riviera United took on tenth-placed Abbotskerswell in an evenly contested match at White Rock where, despite the scoreline, Abbots more than matched up to Riviera in the first half with both teams going close on numerous occasions. Just before half time, Riviera took the lead thanks to a deft finish from their winger meaning Abbots went into the break one down but with heads very much held high. After the break came the turning point in the match, a controversial offside decision which saw the linesman overruled and Abbots go two down. A game that had been threatening to boil over did just that, two yellow cards dished out after a small fracas midway through the second half. Riviera then went three up after a right-wing breakaway which saw the same Rivi winger slot in a second. Abbots finally ended up on the wrong side of a 5-0 drubbing that they felt could have been so much different given their battling first half display and had some of the disputed decisions gone their way. Harbertonford Reserves complete the top three after a resounding 9-0 home triumph over Upton Athletic Reserves. Next up for Fords are Torbay Police who also ran rampant, at the expense of Teign Village, on Saturday afternoon. Just like in the previous week’s big win, the Bees took their time to break down a stubborn Villagers defence but when they did, the floodgates opened and the home side scored some fantastic goals, playing some excellent passing football in the process. Man of the match was Bobby Chancellor for his five outstanding goals with the others put away by Max Prestwood (a hat-trick), Luke Bowser and substitute Lee Langley. Meadowbrook Athletic’s mini goal drought came to an end at bottom club East Allington United Reserves as Brook secured a 7-2 victory, their first of 2017. Tom Hingston grabbed the lion’s share, scoring four times, with Ross Davis, Sam Benjamin-Guest and David Topham also on the score-sheet. Roselands Reserves made the short trip over to Ipplepen Athletic to meet their reserve side. Currently in good form, the visitors were hopeful of collecting another three points but a poor performance contributed to a 1-0 loss leaving managers Matt Billingham and Mick Marshall frustrated. Ipplepen’s winning goal came from a free-kick from 30 yards out which struck the underside of the bar on the way through. During the course of the match, the Reds created some decent chances but Ipplepen’s goalkeeper stood firm. Roselands did manage to put the ball in the back of the net a couple of times only for the referee to scratch them off for offside.
With Torbay Police Reserves not in action, the Division Four stage went to the second and third-placed teams. After last week’s loss of their 100 per cent record, Ashburton Reserves knew that they would have to be at their best against in-form Kingsbridge and Kellaton United at Chuley Road. Ben Drinkwater gave the hosts a narrow lead at half-time, from the penalty spot and scored again after the break to create a cushion. Roland Blowers’ strike sealed the points for Ashes. Barton Athletic’s perfect start to the year continued with a 2-0 home triumph over Torquay Town although the visitors felt they deserved more out of the game after a battling performance. Stephen Reddy scored a penalty for Athletic with James Thomas scoring the other. Paignton Villa Reserves added to their impressive win over Ashburton with a 2-1 success at home to Broadhempston United. Newton Rovers picked up their first points of the year, winning 4-1 at Dittisham United.
In Division Five, leaders Riviera United Reserves got back to winning ways with a 5-2 win at bottom club Malborough United. After a perfect start to their first half-season in the SDFL, Bishopsteignton United Reserves made it 13 straight wins with a 2-0 victory over Babbacombe Corinthians Reserves, Tucker and Willis on target this week. Paignton Saints Reserves had a day to forget against Stoke Fleming and Strete. In control and 2-0 up thanks to goals from Aaron Underhill (straight from a corner) and Sean Hooton (from Simon Harris’s through ball), Saints fell asleep ten minutes before half-time and ended up going in level. The second half got off to the worst possible start as well as Saints gave the ball away straight from the kick-off and Stoke took the lead. Stoke then scored four goals in the space of ten minutes to go 7-2 up and even a second goal from Underhill, thanks to Billy Reay’s pass, was just another consolation as Stoke scored a further three to win 10-3 and leave Saints stunned. Ferran, Paget and Heath were on target for Chudleigh Athletic Thirds who defeated an off-colour Ilsington Villa 3-0. A late Mike Tapp’s penalty was saved to preserve Athletic’s clean sheet. Newton United Reserves are unbeaten so far this year; Chris Meekings’ double and singles from Paul Mills and Ryan Flory saw United to a 4-0 away win at Brixham AFC Thirds. Things were not so good for neighbours Newton Rovers Reserves: now without a win since November, Rovers lost out 6-1 to visiting Barton Athletic Reserves, Neil Thomas claiming a hat-trick and Dave Sanders, Chris Ormsby and David Payne with the rest.