Seven for Salcombe: The Division Two leaders ran riot at Denbury Playing Fields. (c)MiraclePR
Ollie Stallard helped extend Salcombe Town’s lead in Division Two to seven points with a hat-trick as the South Hams side braved bleak conditions at Newton United’s Denbury Playing Fields to run out 7-0 winners. Former Gulls striker Ashley Yeoman also chalked up another two goals with the rest provided by Luke Milton and an own goal. Just down the road, Ipplepen Athletic Reserves played host to Abbotskerswell in the Ronald (Division Three) Cup. With not much to separate the sides in terms of league position and current form, a tight game was expected and the game duly ended 3-2 with Abbots making it through courtesy of a Ben French header from a free-kick, a Dan Ashworth penalty and a Tom Hanley strike from just inside the 18-yard box which went over the top of the home goalkeeper.
Also in the Ronald Cup, promotion-seeking Riviera United scored three times in a five minute spell in the first half as they sought to sweep hosts East Allington United Reserves, who prop up the table, out of the competition. But the Poole Lane Pirates were determined not to be bullied and launched a successful comeback bid in the second half. First, Luke Comerford netted his first for the club, heading home a Luke Smith cross, before Rob Hutching’s goal from a narrow angle gave the home side real hope. Pressure from Fin Watson then opened up a chance for Justin Denning who made no mistake with a great strike into the top corner. But there was to be no cup upset after all as Rivi struck twice more in extra-time to finally make it into the last eight. Stephen Rohan netted twice for the visitors with Callum Hale, Joe Brittain and Shane Essam the other goalscorers.
A fourth game to survive storm Doris was also played in the South Hams with Stoke Fleming and Strete, who have been struggling to get a run going recently, sending Newton United Reserves to a second loss on the bounce, 4-1 the final scoreline with Sam Bruckner netting twice for Stoke, Dan Bastin and Jack Hewitt with one apiece and Chris Meekings scoring the consolation for United.