GREEN MACHINE: Watcombe Wanderers Reserves put five past Torbay Police Reserves to make the quarter-finals of the Fred Hewings Cup, the trophy they won in 2016. (c) Chris Square
Ashburton and Waldon Athletic continue to blaze a trail at the top of the WBW (Solicitors) SDFL Premier Division after both enjoyed home wins to maintain their unbeaten starts to the season. But it was more bad news for defending champions Buckland Athletic Reserves who were soundly beaten 4-0 at Kingskerswell and Chelston.
Damien Francis-Funivall weighed in with two goals for the Ashes as they narrowly beat East Allington United 3-2 at Chuley Road. Sam Dicken also hit home for Ashburton while Andy Davis and Simon Hannaford netted for the Pirates. Waldon remain three points behind with a game in hand after beating Brixham AFC Reserves 2-0 at Windmill Hill. Two goals from Stan Goulding secured the points – one near the end of each half and both struck from outside the 18 yard box. Kyle Doughty went close to adding another to the score-line but Brixham’s stand in ‘keeper pulled off a great save. Buckland Athletic Reserves slipped out of the top six after a 4-0 reverse away at Kingskerswell and Chelston. The home side were three up by half-time after strikes from Thomas Johns, Jamie Hodge and Ollie Aplin and they finished the job in the second half with Hodge completing his double.Kingsteignton Athletic won 2-0 as they bounced back from Herald Cup defeat at Paignton Villa. The Rams’ goals were provided by Ollie Kewell and Tom Reeves. Upton Athletic are up to fourth after they stretched their unbeaten run to four at Roselands, winning 5-1. Rui de Garces scored twice and was joined on the score-sheet by Jules Emati-Emati, Jamie Passmore and Neil Last.
In Division One, Totnes and Dartington were looking to prove a point tas they faced Ipplepen Athletic away from home – the Pens being the last and only side to take points off the boys in blue. With quite possibly their best first half performance of the season, Tots went into half-time 3-0 up with the Ipplepen ‘keeper making some top saves to limit the score. He could do nothing about Buzz Avis’ opener though, the T&D player latching on to a through ball from Gareth Judkins and superbly lifting the ball over him. Shortly afterward it was that man again, Daniel Block, who picked up his customary goal. Running in behind the Ipplepen defence, he was left one-on-one with ‘keeper. Block’s pace got him there first and he rounded the goalkeeper and cooly put the ball into the back of the net. Jamie Soaper put the visitors three up with a brave header from six yards, picking up a black eye in the process.put his head in where it hurts and nodded the ball home from 6 yards – consequently getting a nice shiner above his eye. The second half was quieter but Totnes and Dartington managed a timely fourth around the 75th minute, Block latching on to a loose ball and skilfully rounding the keeper before knocking the ball into an empty net. Having failed to raise a side for their last four fixtures, a fledgling Stoke Gabriel Reserves side returned to action in a tough away game against in-form Harbertonford. They held their own for the first 25 minutes though, conceding just the once – a fluke goal from defender Robert Clegg. But when Sam Passmore scored the second, the Fords settled down, moved up through the gears and produced some devastating attacking football that saw them net four more goals before half-time. In the second half, the ruthless Fords dominated the play and found the net seven more times to win 13-0. To their credit, Stoke fought to the end. Fords’ goals came from Passmore (5), Dan Bovey (4), Tom Moody (2), Steven Sutton and Clegg. Stoke’s young ‘keeper Aiden Bowie had little chance with any of them and produced some fine saves to keep the score down. Chudleigh Athletic complete the top three after their 4-2 triumph away at Paignton Saints. Oliver Williams gave Athletic the lead on the half-hour mark and they secured the points with further goals from Jack Salmons, Aidan Brown and, in the last minute, sub Jordan Armstrong; Luke Johnson and Jamie Micklewright netted for the home side. Salcombe Town and Babbacombe Corinthians fought out a 2-2 draw at the Malborough playing fields. George Hobday was on target for Salcombe and Charlie Barnes scored a penalty; Babbacombe Corinthians’ star man was Curtis Marshall who scored both goals.
A Ben Tapper goal was enough to see Loddiswell Athletic into the last 16 of the Herald Cup as they took on fellow South Hams outfit Beesands Rovers. Bovey Tracey Reserves’ promising start to the season continued as they edged past Newton Abbot ’66 3-2 courtesy of an Ali Chuchuk hat-trick. Chris Bennett also netted a treble, for Broadmeadow STFC as they cruised past Abbotskerswell 7-0. Andrew Espley notched a double and there were further goals from Daniel Kenward and Jack Haytread, the latter producing a stunning strike. Dartmouth AFC and Ivybridge Town Reserves will eventually fight for the last remaining place but their game was postponed.
Division One side Watcombe Wanderers Reserves are into the quarter-finals of the Fred Hewings Cup. Division Four Underdogs Torbay Police Reserves managed to get to half-time just a goal down but four second half strikes saw the Greens comfortably through. Shane Isaac and Sam Pyne scored two apiece with Toby Woodmore the other name on the score-sheet. Riviera United Reserves will play Paignton Villa Reserves in the last 16 after they eased past Ipplepen Athletic Reserves 9-1 in their delayed First Round match, Alex McKerrell bagging himself a hat-trick.
Division Two leaders Bishopsteignton United are still unbeaten after drawing 2-2 at home to Kingskerswell and Chelston Reserves, Alexander Easson and Russell Williams earning Kerswell a point. On a slippery pitch, Buckfastleigh Rangers jumped up to fourth with four goals and a clean sheet at home to Liverton United Reserves; Declan Cowley once again led the scoring with two, Darren Greep and Charlie Morgan with the others. There was one other game in the division, Hookhills United earning the points with a 4-2 away win at Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves, their goals scored by Paul Brammall, Craig Downing, David Helliwell and substitute Jason Burkett; Mike Sanders and Ashley Dove found the net for the Rams.
Meadowbrook Athletic stretched their winning league run to four with a 3-0 victory against promoted Ashburton Reserves and lead Division Three by three points. There were goals from Kai Fenner, Ben Bowhay and Tom Comyn but man-of-the match went to Dan Sercombe for his commanding display in the middle of midfield. Second-placed Harbertonford Reserves enjoyed consecutive big wins with a 7-1 hammering of hosts Teign Village. Samuel Hardman earned himself a hat-trick for the Fords with the other goals coming from Jordan Baggott, Michael Bishop, Daniel Burnley and David Hatch. Chudleigh Athletic Reserves bounced back from their home defeat against Meadowbrook to overcome Waldon Athletic Reserves 4-1 at the Chudleigh Sports Centre, moving up into the top three in the process. Two of Chudleigh’s goals came from Mark Halse, one was an own goal and the other was put in by Robert Cook; Ben Clark scored the Clarets’ consolation. Roselands Reserves secured their first away win – and their first win since the opening day of the season – by beating Upton Athletic Reserves 4-1 away. There was also a first win for new Dartmouth AFC Reserves boss Carl Hoare, Nick Rushe scoring twice in a 4-0 home victory against Barton Athletic; Jake Osman and Jamie Aylett also netted for Darts.
In Division Four, leaders Torquay Town picked up a second win on the spin, narrowly overcoming bottom side Kingsbridge and Kellaton United 3-2 at King George V. Robert Hemming struck twice for the home side with Jamie Fortune the other goalscorer; Roger Harris and Alex Thomas kept the score tight with goals for the visitors. Dittisham United won their third game on the bounce with a 3-1 triumph over Babbacombe Corinthians in yet another home game for the Plums (they are yet to play away in the league). Ryan Gazey scored the visitors’ sole goal. Completing the top three are East Allington United Reserves after the Pirates’ 4-1 home win over Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves. Justin Denning scored twice with Fin Watson and Rob Hutchings getting singles. Paignton Villa Reserves, who upset the leaders Torquay Town with six goals in their last league game, put another six past Bishopsteignton United Reserves. Stuart McAuley and Zach Luke Norton picked up braces apiece with Alexander Williams and Ciaran Farley, from the bench, adding the rest. Villa ended the game a man light with sub Shane Corderoy sent off. Newton Abbot ’66 Reserves are now unbeaten in three after winning their derby at Newton Rovers 7-2. Tom Lowe put in a star performance to grab four goals for the Sixes with Gregory allen, Sean Boldick and Gareth Davis also adding goals. Owen Clausen and substitute James Carnell found the net for the home side.
In Division Five, leaders Watts Blake Bearne AFC took out their frustration at last week’s loss to Watcombe on Chudleigh Athletic Thirds, coming away from Chudleigh Sports Centre with nine goals and a clean sheet. Dan Martin led the goalscoring with four and there were singles from Sam Stowell, Cameron Gill, Greg Rodgers, Kenny Taylor and Lewis Austin. Barton Athletic Reserves are second on goal difference with Anthony Jones another four-goal scorer in a 7-2 home victory over Newton Rovers Reserves. Luke Barton, Lea Alvey and David Payne completed the scoring with Aaron Barker and Nathan De’Ath on target for the visitors. Back-to-back wins sees Brixham AFC Thirds up to third. The Fishermen overcame Stoke Fleming and Strete 2-1 away thanks to goals from Reece Gareth Dallow and Scott Walker. Watcombe Wanderers took their chances at Long Lane as they enjoyed a second 2-0 win in succession. Ilsington Villa were on the receiving end this week, Steeve Yava increasing his Greens tally with another two goals. Paignton Saints Reserves recorded another big win but not before going behind to an early Dean Bradford goal at Newton United Reserves. Saints soon got themselves level with a slice of luck as the ‘keeper dropped a tame effort from David Walker into his own goal. Sean Stoneman then got his second in two games with a well-placed effort into the bottom corner as United failed to clear their lines. Ian Simons then latched on to a neat pass to set up Sean Hooton before United Reserves pulled another one back, Bradford again the goalscorer. But David Walker had the last say of the half to make the score-line 4-2 at the break. Saints Reserves came out in the second half intending to put the game to bed and wasted no time in getting two quick goals, both through Ian Simons. David Walker then completely his hat-trick before setting up debutant Louis Davies to add his name to the score-sheet. David Walker got two more to finish the day with five goals to his name, Saints finishing up 10-2 victors.