POWER SHIFT? Leaders Ashburton in action last season against defending champions Buckland Athletic. Can the Ashes steal Buckland’s crown in May? (c) MiraclePR.com
Sam Dicken starred for Ashburton as the former Buckland striker struck four times for his new club away at Kingskerswell and Chelston. Josh Moore and Benjamin Sims joined Dicken on the score-sheet as the Ashes cruised to a 6-0 win, ensuring another week at the top of the Premier table.
Waldon Athletic, who have played a game less, stay right on their tail after a 3-1 home victory over bottom side Roselands. Despite having a lot of possession, Waldon failed to impress with another lacklustre performance. Roseland’s big ‘keeper Scott Staddon dealt with everything that came his way in the first half apart from once when a loose ball dropped to Tom Pennicott, who fired home. Things didn`t change much in the second half either. Tom Holland and Kyle Doughty both hit the woodwork before Stan Goulding and Chris Harrity took a quick corner with Harrity driving home the Clarets’ second. Staddon then made his presence felt again, plucking the next corner out of the sky before sending Joe Massey away for 2-1 and the potential of a tight finish. But Roselands failed to muster another attempt on goal and Ashley Harris finally broke away to score a third goal and seal Waldon the three points.
Paignton Villa picked up their most impressive triumph since their promotion from Division One by overcoming defending champions Buckland Athletic Reserves 3-2 at Churston Grammar School, Villa three up at one point. A through ball from sweeper Tom Armstrong found Lorin Newcombe who held off his defender, rounded Adam Seedhouse-Evans and finished for the opener. Then, following a driving run, Shaun Ripley squared to debutant Mark Newbould who finished well from outside of the box. The third had a touch of fortune about it as Tom Parvin’s cross was deflected into the top right hand corner. The Yellows then staged a comeback with goals from Nick Edmunds and Jack Hawketts bringing it back to 3-2. They couldn’t quite salvage a point though and with three league defeats on the bounce already have a mountain to climb to reclaim their crown. Goals from Ollie Kewell and Tom Reeves keep Kingsteignton Athletic looking strong in third place, the Rams returning from Loddiswell Athletic with a 2-0 win. Upton Athletic stretched their unbeaten run to five away at Dartmouth AFC, Jamie Passmore with two goals in a 3-3 draw. Lee Fenner also netted for Upton with Darts’ goals supplied by Danny Rushe, Will Kenny and Cameron Webb; Dan Drury was sent off for the hosts. East Allington United gained on the top six with a decent 2-1 away win at Watcombe Wanderers, Simon Hannaford joined on the score-sheet by Josef Sita for the Pirates and Chris Srdinko bagging one for Watcombe. Brixham AFC Reserves enjoyed their first win in a month by scoring three without reply against visiting Ivybridge Town Reserves, Lucas Burgess, Jacob Durrant and Daniel Tucker with the goals.
In Division One, unbeaten Harbertonford hosted Paignton Saints and ran out 4-1 winners, Dan Bovey with a hat-trick at The Ham. Tom Moody also netted for the home side with Sam Winstanley scoring for Saints. That result sees Fords climb to the top of the table after Totnes and Dartington lost 3-0 at home to a Watcombe Wanderers Reserves side stocked with a number of players from their quadruple-winning season including Sean Finch, who scored one goal and Lewis Woodmore who scored the other two. Watcombe fired home two goals in the first twenty minutes after a good opening spell of pressure. Moments later, Tots’ Sam Jones very nearly halved the deficit, but a brilliant save from Kirk Finch saw his effort tipped around the post. T&D then took control of the game, never veering away from their passing and movement, but unable to create many clear cut chances. Watcombe’s strong squad then secured the three points with a third goal 15 minutes from time. Third-placed Chudleigh Athletic are yet to taste defeat and two goals in the last ten minutes from Sam Cockram helped them to a 4-2 home win over Ipplepen Athletic, his goals added to Michael Riches’ first half opener and Jack Salmons strike 15 minutes from time. A week after their 2-2 draw at The Berry, Babbacombe Corinthians once again drew with Salcombe Town, this time at Armada Park. Callum Crews found the net for the home side with Luke Milton on target for Salcombe. Newton Abbot ’66 enjoyed their first league win in four with six goals and a clean sheet at Stoke Gabriel Reserves. Tom Lowe managed two for the Sixes with the other goals supplied by James Aggett, Sean Boldick, Thomas Mountfield and Jordan Pierson. There were seven goals scored at The Rec with five going to visitors Beesands Rovers. Dan Tucker struck twice for the Bees with Jed Tucker, Finley Bullen and substitute Kurt Thiele completing the scoring; Andy Eden and Mark Voisey netted for Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves.
There were no surprises in the Fred Hewings Cup Second Round, holders Buckland Athletic Thirds, from Division One, taking up their customary place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 home victory over Division Three challengers Ashburton Reserves. Joe Constantinou and Danny Harry delivered the goals for the Yellows with Nathan Harvey, who was also sent off, scoring for the visitors. Ashburton finished the game with nine men after Matthew Tall was also given his marching orders. Paignton Villa Reserves progressed with a 1-0 win over fellow Division Four side Riviera United Reserves, Alexander Williams with the goal. Bucks and Villa join the reserve sides of Babbacombe, East Allington, Kingsteignton, Upton, Waldon and Watcombe in the last eight.
Bishopsteignton United still lead Division Two despite falling to their first loss of the campaign with a 3-2 reverse at Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves, Matthew Preston with the winner for the Rams after earlier goals from Ashley Dove and Dan Eustice. Christopher Hardee managed two goals for Bishops but to no avail. Buckfastleigh Rangers are in second spot after their 4-1 home victory over Kingskerswell and Chelston Reserves, Ian Howse and Matthew Wicks amongst the Rangers’ goalscorers while Alexander Easson hit Kerswell’s consolation. Broadmeadow remain third despite a 2-1 defeat at home to Torbay Police. For the first 25 minutes of this game, the Police played some outstanding football and put the ball in the net twice only for both efforts to be chalked out for contentious offside decisions. However, they did break the deadlock when a good Matt Shepherd pass found Max Prestwood who squared for Jamie Bayliss to fire home. After the opener, Broadmeadow began to settle down and came into the game and probably should have equalised before half time, Ben Evans making some good stops. The Bees nearly gave away a goal through a mistake at the back but went in one up. Throughout the second half, Broads put the Police under the cosh but the visitors defended resolutely and didn’t really allow the home side to get behind them and though we were a much smaller side, we did well in the air. Nevertheless, Jason Hicks scored from a corner, on what will be his last game for Broads for a while, to deliver a deserved equaliser. Then, with 15 minutes to go, substitute Bobby Chancellor managed to wriggle free of his marker and run into the Broadmeadow box, attracting a clumsy challenge and winning a penalty. Prestwood stepped up to fire home confidently and earn the Bees the three points. Bovey Tracey Reserves scored through Kieran Heale but lost their 100 per cent record at Liverton United Reserves with a 2-1 loss, Jordan Baxter and Martin Pow with the Lillies’ goals. A hat-trick from Stephen Rohan helped Riviera United to their second win of the campaign as they won 6-1 at Newton United. Shane Essam put away a double and Ashley Dewdney a single to complete the sextet with Joe John Potter finding the net for the home side who still seek a first point.
An Anthony Goss hat-trick helped Division Three leaders Meadowbrook Athletic to remain three points clear of Harbertonford Reserves as they hit Dartmouth AFC Reserves for six. Things started slowly for Brook who had to readjust their team due to an injury to Ross Davis in the warm-up. Chris Hooper eventually opened the scoring with a nicely finished goal against his former club which was followed by a goal apiece for Ben Bowhay and Chris Bishop. Then Goss took over, his first goal a tidy finish after Bowhay had hit the post. The second was a wonderful run and finish and the man-of-the-match completed his treble with a penalty after Bowhay was taken out in the box. In a scrappy affair at Upton Athletic Reserves, there was little to chose between the hosts and visiting Harbertonford Reserves in a goal-less first half hour. But when Sam Hardman fired in an opener for the Fords and David Hatch added a second with a tap-in before the break, there looked to be only one winner. Playing down the slope In the second half, the Fords put Upton to the sword: man of the match Hatch set up Jordan Baggott to make it three-nil and then scored three more goals himself to complete the rout. Abbotskerswell won 3-1 at home to third-placed Chudleigh Athletic Reserves to move two points behind their opponents. Ben French added another goal to his tally and was joined on the score-sheet by James Despard-Clark and Cameron Fewings, Charlie Leisk with Athletic’s effort. After two games without a point or a goal, Barton Athletic made amends on both counts by beating Waldon Athletic Reserves 4-2 at Long Lane. There were goals from both James and Charles Thomas with Lee Henriques and Liam Young also netting. Ben Clark scored both goals for the visitors. In the division’s other game, Jamie Kelly’s goal secured a second win of the season for Teign Village as they won 1-0 away at Ipplepen Athletic Reserves.
The top two met in Division Four with Dittisham United finally getting an away game. The Plums scored three without reply at Torquay Town to move above their opponents, Joe Kirby with a double and Liam Houlahan with a single. Robert Hutchings, Nick Lyster and Zacq Standish struck for East Allington United Reserves as the Pirates overcame Babbacombe Corinthians Reserves to remain strongly placed in third spot. It was another successful day in front of goal for in-form Newton Abbot ’66 Reserves as they outscored Kingsbridge and Kellaton United 6-3 at Osborne Park. Tom Carne and Callum Foskett scored two apiece with Daniel Cornish and Kevin Fisher also contributing. Jack Soper weighed in with two goals for United, Christopher Thomas with their other strike. Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves, who have had an inconsistent start to the season, enjoyed a good week, winning 4-1 away at Bishopsteignton United Reserves. Rangers spread the goals around the team with Gregory Daw, Sam Johnston, Haydn Sibley and James Revell finding the net; Ryan Duke scored for Bishops. A first win in four saw Newton Rovers move above opponents Torbay Police in the table.
Watts Blake Bearne AFC were held 0-0 by Ilsington Villa but stay top of Division Five by a single point as Barton Athletic Reserves suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat at Chudleigh Athletic Thirds. Connor Ferran, Trevor Cutler and Thomas Evans produced the goods for Athletic with Jody Rooney bagging Barton’s consolation. Dean Barter has now scored at least two goals in each of the last four games as Broadhempston United surprised third-placed Brixham AFC Thirds with a 3-2 victory at Headlands. Shaden Gagg joined Barter on the score-sheet with Scott Walker and sub Daniel Trezise finding the net for the Fishermen. Stoke Fleming and Strete picked up another three points as bottom club Newton United Reserves failed to fulfil the fixture. Paignton Saints Reserves made it four wins on the trot with another victory at home to Newton Rovers Reserves. Things started well as Louis Davies put in Matt Furness to open the scoring and it wasn’t long before Furness had his second. Saints grabbed themselves a third through Kieran Dowsing before Furness completed his hat-trick just after half time. Rovers then got one back before Furness got his fourth of the afternoon to make it 5-1. Saints then switched off, thinking the game was finished, but that lapse in concentration meant that Rovers got two more back to make the final score 5-3. After the game, manager Josh Wiginton said that although the first 60 minutes had been great to watch, his side couldn’t afford to switch off in the last half hour as they could have been punished.