HERALD HOLDERS: East Allington’s Lee Morgan and Roselands’ Jerrard Routledge in action in last season’s Herald Cup final. (c) MiraclePR.com
Newly promoted Premier Division outfit Paignton Villa, who have a habit of drawing Premier teams in the Herald Cup, hosted holders East Allington United in this season’s First Round. They also have a habit of giving their opponents a hard ride and yesterday was no exception as they fought their way into a two goal lead. But the Pirates were not planning on releasing the grip on the trophy that easily and got themselves back on level terms. Villa scored next and for a while it looked like they might make it through to the Second Round but a couple of late strikes from the visitors ensured their defence will go on a while longer yet. Tom Rowdon scored twice for East Allington with Guy Watson and Dan Bowles netting too.
A second all-Premier tie saw Kingsteignton United defeat Upton Athletic for the second week in succession. Ollie Kewell scored against his former club with Toby Pullman also netting in a 2-0 victory for the Rams.
The other Premier sides all secured safe passage with room to spare. Waldon Athletic made short work of Division Two side Bishopsteignton United at Michaels Field, racing into a 6-0 lead by half-time. Despite a superb Bishops goal from the half-way line, the game ended 10-2 to the visitors, Spike Bond with a hat-trick, Tom Holland and Ashley Harris with two apiece, Brook Ward and Gary Doyle with singles and Bishops scoring an own goal.
Buckland Athletic scored seven without reply in their home tie against Barton Athletic. It was a productive afternoon for young James Colclough who put away a hat-trick, Bucks’ other goals delivered by Dexter Allsworth, Lee Chapman, Jordan Ewing and substitute Michael Turner. Kingskerswell and Chelston cruised through 9-1 against Stoke Fleming and Strete from Division Five.
Unbeaten Division One side Chudleigh Athletic sent bottom tier Watts Blake Bearne AFC out of the competition with a comprehensive 8-1 win at Chudleigh Sports Centre. Martin Smith and substitute Aaron Paget scored doubles apiece with Mathew Carroll, Michael Riches, Oliver Williams and Daniel Yates adding their names to the goalscorers list. WBB’s consolation was scored by Olly Avery.
Division One outfit Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves continued their goalscoring form from last week, hitting four without reply at Division Three’s Meadowbrook Athletic. Jacob Elms, Samuel Hancox, Mark Voisey and Matthew Williams did the business for Spurs. Babbacombe Corinthians were a test too far for high-flying Division Four side Torquay Town as the Division One side won 5-1 at Armada Park. It was the same story for Dittisham United who suffered a 5-0 loss at Beesands Rovers, Finley Bullen with two goals for the Bees and Jason Wilkes, Jed Tucker and Tom Harvey with the remainder. Buckfastleigh Rangers, from Division Two, also scored five without reply to dispatch Division Three hosts Teign Village from the competition.
Division One leaders Harbertonford became the first team in the county through to the Third round of the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup with a 5-1 defeat of Crediton-based Bow Amateur Athletics Club. Steve Sutton put the Fords into the lead with a fine finish after great work from Dave Mortimore but Bow hit back before half-time to make it 1-1 at the break. In the second half though, the outcome never looked in doubt once man-of-the-match Sutton broke through twice more to complete his hat-trick. Sutton then set up Tom Moody to stroke home goal number four before picking out substitute Jacob Kneebone who hit a superb fifth.
In the day’s only Premier fixture, Ashburton came from behind to beat Watcombe Wanderers 4-3 at Chuley Road. Both Damien Francis-Furnivall and Jamie Micklewright grabbed braces with Watcombe scoring through Owen Stockton, Karl Dooley and Cieran Bridger.
Ipplepen Athletic enjoyed their third win on the bounce with a 9-1 triumph over league Division One rivals Stoke Gabriel Reserves. It was an open game in the first half with Stoke creating some brilliant chances even though they were a man down. Pens went into the break 2-1 up though and were a different side in the second half, playing with much-needed conviction and putting away goal after goal to run out 9-1 victors in the end. Aaron Darby hit the net four times with Myles Peart, Daniel Steer, Ryan Breslan, Ryan Symons and Neil Boldick completing the rout. The other second tier saw home side Totnes and Dartington bunce back from their defeat against Ipplepen to beat Newton Abbot ’66. Totnes started brightly; playing from the back and asserting their dominance in midfield, it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. Despite Josh Bird doing his best to aid 66’s effort with some wayward passing, he finally found his range and played Jamie Soper through one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Soper looked up and lobbed the goalkeeper from 18 yards, a terrific finish and a thoroughly deserved lead for Tots. The goal didn’t settle the home side though and they failed to create any more first half chances, looking nervous in possession. A couple of minor tactical changes proved to be the key to changing T&D’s fortunes after the break as they quickly found their shooting boots with Daniel Block making a welcome return to the score-sheet and Finley Roberts scoring his first two senior goals for the club after coming up through the youth system. Totnes could have had several more as Block hit the post, Ollie Smith missed from the penalty spot and courageous defending in a goalmouth scramble prevented Barry Abraham from netting. The scoring was finally rounded off by Jamie Soper, the assist coming from Block who was a real nuisance all game.
There was a single game in each of Divisions Two and Three. Kingskerswell and Chelston Reserves maintained their unbeaten start at the expense of Newton United who have now lost all four of their league games. The former Stoke Gabriel crew scored all the five goals for the visitors, Ashley Beetschen and James Horn with two apiece and James Horrocks with the other. United’s strikes came from Gareth Harris and Ryan Hitt. Abbotskerswell are now unbeaten in three after picking up their second win on the spin at Roselands Reserves. Aron Owen and substitutes Cameron Fewings and Jack Gilpin struck for the visitors with Roselands scoring two, both from Adam Blackburn.
With the game between Newton Rovers and Bishopsteignton United Reserves abandoned before half-time, there were just two games in Division Four: Riviera United wrapped up their first win of the season – and it was a big one! Six goalscorers made the score-sheet for Rivi as they demolished Babbacombe Corinthians 7-0 away. Ashley Dewdney headed the goalscoring with two and there were singles from James Bereford, Garry Drew, James Parker, Michael Rohan and sub Ellis Boot. It was a tighter affair at the Loddiswell Playing Fields as Kingsbridge and Kellaton United lost out 3-2 to Torbay Police Reserves. United went in 2-1 up at half-time, Elliot Bradbury scoring twice, but the Bees came out for the second half with a little bit more fight! The substitutions had an impact with Chris Burgin and Ollie Abercrombie coming on for Kris Chapman and Lee Langley. Burgin scored the winner with around five minutes to go to add to Paul Christie’s strike and a United own goal.
Broadhempston United collected three points at the fourth attempt as Newton united Reserves failed to raise a side against the Robins. Elsewhere, Watcombe Wanderers moved two points behind leaders Barton Athletic Reserves with a comfortable 6-1 home win over Chudleigh Athletic Thirds. There were two goals from Shane Ross and singles for Joshua Clarke, Harry Smith and Steeve Yava. Joshua Tibbs and substitute Stephen Chivers scored for Ilsington Villa as they enjoyed back-to-back wins with a 2-0 home victory over Brixham AFC Thirds. Both teams ended the afternoon a player light with Brixham’s James Atkinson and Villa’s Daniel Uglow receiving red cards.