COCK-A-HOOP: Kingsteignton claim the points at home to champions Buckland Reserves, Ollie Kewell scoring twice. (c) Malcolm Wildman
Watcombe Wanderers and Waldon Athletic both enjoyed third successive wins in the SDFL Premier to continue their stint at the top of the table. Cieran Bridger can’t stop scoring for the Greens at the moment and he hit a hat-trick as Watcombe overcame Roselands 10-1. Wanderers’ other goals were supplied by Owen Stockton (2), Connor and Ryan Finch, Sonwabile Mlenze, Simon Ross and Will Allen from the penalty spot.
Ivybridge Town Reserves had a tough week with away trips to the top two finishers from last season. They played Waldon Athletic on Saturday and tried to ruffle the host’s feathers. However, this served only to spur the Clarets on and they put on a superb performance. Tom Pennicott headed the opener early on, from Stan Goulding’s pin-point corner and Spike Bond doubled the lead after Josh Mason’s shot deflected his way. Non-stop Mason also had an effort cleared off the line either side of the break. Bond completed a fine afternoon with his second – a thunderbolt from outside of the box. Three day’s earlier, Ivybridge were at Homers Heath to face champions Buckland Athletic Reserves. The evening game was hindered by technical issues due to a floodlight issue but the referee agreed to started the game with two functioning lights. However, it was getting impossible to see anything at the other end and so he brought a temporary end to proceedings with the game still goalless. Buckland’s electrician thankfully solved the fault and when the game restarted, Chris Srdinko scored to give the Yellows the lead going into the break. The second half started with Srdinko getting his second when he beat the Ivy’s ‘keeper to a through ball. Ivybridge pulled a goal back and were right back in the game before a penalty, dispatched by Jordan Ewing, gave the Yellows a more comfortable 3-1 lead. Srdinko completed his hat-trick despite suspicion of a foul on the ‘keeper. Ivybridge finished the scoring with a second goal late on, the game ending 4-2 to Bucks. Bradley Gue and Louis Maddock were the Ivybridge goalscorers.
It was not so good news for Bucks on Saturday as they lost their first game of the season at Kingsteignton Athletic, the ground where they clinched the title last April! Ollie Kewell scored twice for the Rams with Tom Reeves also netting in a narrow 3-2 victory, Matt Atkins and Stewart Sparkes netting for Bucks. Ashburton almost continued their 100 per cent record, one-nil up through a Damien Francis-Furnivall strike all the way until the last minute at Upton Athletic. But Alex Bastow rescued a point for the home side with the last kick of the game. Dartmouth AFC are one of three teams yet to earn a point. Despite another Will Kenny penalty, Darts lost out 3-1 to newly promoted Paignton Villa who secured their first points. Jamie Chamberlain added another four to his previous game’s hat-trick as Kingskerswell and Chelston won 8-3 at home to Loddiswell Athletic despite the sides being level at two apiece at the break. Ben Cripwell managed two for the home side and Louis Horton and Jamie Hodge also scored. Alex Watts managed another two for Loddiswell with Robert Tapper their other goalscorer.
Due to the county cup, there were only two Division One games. Harbertonford continued their strong start to the season by beating Buckland Athletic Thirds 3-1 away. Steve Sutton scored a brace and Michael Summers a single for Fords with Lee Pike netting for the home side. Salcombe Town enjoyed a comfortable 7-2 victory over Watcombe Wanderers Reserves. Ashley Yeoman scored twice for Town with the others provided by Nick Bonnet, Ryan Colmer, Kieran Stallard, Edd Tymon and Harrison Ward. Sam Pyne scored both of Watcombe’s goals.
There were hat-tricks for Matthew Carroll, Bradley Yarnell and Oliver Williams as Chudleigh Athletic dispatched Winkleigh 10-0 in the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup to maintain their strong start to the season, Joseph Wise also scoring. Totnes and Dartington are also going well with a 100 per cent record in the league and a winning start in the cup. Tots brought a strong side to Devon and Exeter side Axminster Town Reserves but a relatively good start to the first half was swiftly ruined. Trying to play football from the back, the ball was stolen away on the edge of the box leaving the Axminster striker to simply knock the ball into an empty net. However, an equaliser soon came as Buzz Avis turned superbly twelve yards out and drilled the ball into the bottom corner. T&D continued to try and play football through the thirds yet at times were left frustrated. Then, a long corner by Dan Block was well kept in by Josh Squires at the back post; his cut-back was nodded home by Josh Bird giving the away side the lead for the first time. Tots then dominated the second half and the game was put to bed when Block got his just rewards for his continued hard work up top – with possibly one of the finest goals of the season. Again played out from the back, the ball made its way to Sam Jones and his delightful through-ball allowed Block to cooly curl a shot round the ‘keeper.
Four players found the net for Paignton Saints as they overcame Melbourne Inn 4-2, Billy Reay with a penalty and Ian Simons, Shaun Cotton and substitute Aaron Underhill with the other goals. Ipplepen Athletic, Stoke Gabriel Reserves and Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves all enjoyed their first wins of the season. Pens beat Chivenor 3-2 away while Stoke also won away, 5-2 at Lympstone. Doubles from Ryan Fawden and Sam Hancox added to singles from Andy Eden, Mark Voisey and Toby Dunn saw Newton Spurs hammer Teignmouth Reserves 7-1 at The Rec. Two Division One sides drop out of the competition. Beesands Rovers failed to raise a side to travel to Appledore Reserves while Newton Abbot ’66 came unstuck at Division Two side Liverton United Reserves.
Three Division Two sides enjoyed big wins: Intermediate Cup semi-finalistsTorbay Police fielded a very strong side at Fred Hewings Cup runners-up Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves, giving competitive debuts to Jamie Bayliss and Reece Evans. Stuart Pointon and Sam Massey also came into the starting line up while Mike Raddon also stepped up due to late drop-outs. Although the Bees were 4-0 up at half time, the first half was not great for them and they probably should have conceded at least one. Their first goal was great to behold though and consisted of four simple passes and a finish from Zac Chancellor. Massey scored the second before Pointon set Bobby Chancellor up and also scored from distance himself. The Police conceded early in the second half to give Kingsteignton a glimmer of hope but soon put to rest any ideas of a come-back, Pointon putting in Bobby Chancellor for the fifth. Following a bizarre own goal, Bayliss came off the bench to find the net and then set up Max Prestwood, who had been a little quiet for his first. Prestwood returned the favour and then set up Zac Chancellor for his second. Capitalising on a tiring and beaten Kings’ back four, Prestwood scored goals ten and eleven to complete his treble.
Bishopsteignton United thumped Budleigh Salterton Reserves 10-0 while Hookhills United slammed St Martins Reserves 9-1. A Paul Guttridge goal was the best Newton United could muster at home to SB Frankfort, the Plymouth side running out 4-1 winners at the Denbury Playing Fields.
On to the A&S Paving Devon Intermediate Cup and there was one all-Division Three clash – an enticing tie between two of the title favourites Dartmouth AFC Reserves and Meadowbrook Athletic. The game didn’t disappoint with Darts eventually winning 5-4 at Longcross thanks to a brace from Ian Armitage and goals from Nick Rushe, Charlie Smith and Rhys Morrallee. Division Three leaders won a hard fought game at home to Division Four side Bishopsteignton United Reserves. Fords had most of the first half and eventually put away one of their chances with a lobbed goal. Playing with gusto to keep Bishops back, the home side eventually claimed their second through a Dave Hatch spot-kick. Barton Athletic also made it through to Round Two, beating a youthful Okehampton Argyle Reserves 2-1 away. A quick start from Barton culminated in the Blues taking a lead though James Thomas who scored his second of the season after returning from injury to take up his place in the midfield. A second goal came shortly after when a fine passing move resulted in Kriss Darke finishing at the far post. The Devon and Exeter side got one back through a penalty but Barton’s experience and strong defensive display meant the South Devon outfit held on for the win. Roselands Reserves also continues their unbeaten start to the campaign by defeating Woolacombe 3-1. Ipplepen Athletic Reserves bowed out 3-0 in their home game with Friary Vaults. Upton Athletic Reserves took an early lead and were deservedly 2-1 up at the break but eventually also exited the competition after visitors Honiton Town Thirds equalised in the second half. There were no more goals in extra-time and Town made it through 6-5 on sudden death penalties after Upton’s final spot kick struck the bar. A single goal for Abbotskerswell was enough to send out hosts Riviera United Reserves from Division Four while Teign Village increased the Division Three contingent in the second round by beating Kenn Valley United 3-1 for their first win of the season.
The Rushes were at it again for Division Four leaders Torquay Town but despite two goals from Danny and one from Jamie, taking their respective tallies to seven and five in three games, home side Lynton and Lynmouth kept pace. Town took the lead three times but the North Devon side kept battling back and went through 7-6 on penalties. It was better news for Babbacombe Corinthians Reserves who maintained their perfect start to the season, going through 3-0 on penalties after drawing 4-4 against Silverton (3-3 at full-time). Corries rode their luck at times in the game but were faultless from the spot while the visitors hit the bar twice and had their third penalty saved. An all-Division Four tie at the Duckspond saw Kingsbridge and Kellaton United squeeze past Buckfastleigh Rangers 2-1. Newton Rovers exited the competition at the hands of Hemyock, Scott Clausen netting but the Devon and Exeter league side hitting four goals. Dittisham United’s county cup campaign is also at an end, the Plums going down 3-1 at home to Hooe Rovers. Newton Abbot ’66 Reserves made the most of their chances to send Division Five hosts Ilsington Villa packing, 8-1 the final score with a Villa player also breaking his arm during the game. Paignton Villa Reserves’ home tie against Bampton Reserves was another one decided from the spot. After a 2-2 draw, Bampton went through 5-4.
Two Division Five outfits survived their first round games. Shane Ross led unbeaten Watcombe Wanderers Thirds into the second round with a hat-trick against visiting Equalizers. Stevee Yava and Zane Turner also struck in a 5-1 victory. Stoke Fleming and Strete put on an attacking display and also scored five at home to Shebbear United Reserves, Samuel Bruckner and man-of-the-match Sam Quick with two apiece and Adam Callard with the other goal. Shebbear, who played their full part in an end-to-end game, managed two goals. Two other Division Five sides went out to non-SDFL opponents. Watts Blake Bearne AFC were dispatched 6-1 by visiting Exeter United Reserves while Broadhempston United came unstuck at Culm United, losing 3-1 courtesy of a Ben Sharman hat-trick, Daniel Bateman with the Robins’ consolation.
Back to the league and a hat-trick from Andrew Espley couldn’t prevent Division Two side Broadmeadow STFC from losing out 6-3 at home to a hungry Riviera United side. Rivi’s goals came from Phattanawit Buntam, Dean Ford, Ben Hilton, Stephen Rohan and substitute Sean McArdle who scored twice.
Ben Clarke scored a hat-trick in the sole Division Three game, ensuring Waldon Athletic Reserves left Chuley Road with all the points. Ben Drinkwater and Connor Rowles found the net for Ashburton Reserves but the game ended 3-2.
There were three games in Division Five. Barton Athletic Reserves and Brixham AFC Thirds both made it three out of three. With players missing, Barton rang the changes but goals from Ryan Corcoran (2), Lea Alvey, Luke Barton and Wayne Bergin and a solid defensive performance combined for a 5-0 victory over Newton United Reserves. Marcus Philips and Shane Pike struck for Brixham away at Chudleigh Athletic Thirds to win 2-1, Jack Lee with the home side’s goal. Matt Furness, Josh Wiginton and sub Daniel Wayne scored to get Paignton Saints up and running away at Newton Rovers Reserves who await their first point and goal.