MOVING UP: Salcombe Town climb to fifth in Division One with a 3-1 win last Saturday. (c) MiraclePR.com
They may have lost their 100 per cent record but a point at home to Upton Athletic was enough to move Waldon Athletic top of the WBW (Solicitors) SDFL Premier Division table. At a very windy Windmill Hill, it took a while for the teams to acclimatise but the visitors settled quickest with Jules Emati-Emati putting them two up. Waldon looked nothing like the team they had been recently but five minutes before the break, an Ashley Harris goal gave them hope. Minutes later, Emati-Emati looked to have restored Upton’s two goal cushion until Tom Pennicott somehow cleared off the line. Things didn`t improve much for Waldon in the second half until the last twenty minutes when Kyle Doughty fed in Tom Holland who made no mistake, smashing home from 18 yards. Holland nearly chipped in minutes later, forcing the ‘keeper to tip over. Dan Harrity went up front for the final ten minutes for the Clarets and forced two goal-line clearances, leaving the draw as a pretty fair result.
The other Premier game to escape the onslaught from storm Brian was at Broadpark where Kingsteignton Athletic racked up their fourth straight league win at the expense of Brixham AFC Reserves. The Rams went with the same line-up that beat Buckland the week before but despite working hard they went in at half-time at 0-0. In the second half, they went back to basics, getting the ball on the ground and working harder when off the ball. In a more clinical second half, Tom Reeves scored after Toby Pullman sent a ball across the six-yard box from the left. Reeves’ first shot was well-saved by the Brixham goalkeeper but he made no mistake with the rebound. Pullman scored two goals himself, heading home from ten yards out after a fine whipped cross from Ollie Kewell before producing a great cut-in and finish for his second and Kingsteignton’s third. Despite the
3-0 scoreline, it wasn’t completely one way traffic with Kingsteignton’s goalkeeper and back line forced to defend well to protect their run of four clean sheets (not counting the one goal conceded in the Premier Cup).
There was no change at the top of Division One with the top three all securing wins. Leaders Harbertonford travelled to Paignton Saints and were the better side in the first half despite playing into a strong wind, deservedly going in two up thanks to a brace from Tom Moody. In the second period, the Fords just couldn’t find the goal that would have made the game safe and instead it was Saints who snatched a goal back, captain Billy Reay scoring from a corner. This led to a tense last 20 minutes for the Fords as they held on to clinch the three points. Totnes and Dartington got back to winning ways at Armada Park. Joe Slouch, playing in a left wing-back position, opened his account for the season when his superb half-volley from 20 yards was driven home to make it 1-0 to Tots. 17 year-old Jamie Soper grabbed his fourth of the season and T&D’s second of the game. His intelligent run in behind the Corries defence was brilliantly picked out by Jed Roberts leaving some work still to do but the youngster dribbled his way through and lobbed the ‘keeper. With a few minutes remaining of the first half, Corries’ Jack Cole grabbed a goal back with a hopeful deflected 30-yard shot. The second half kicked off and it was that man again: goalkeeper Dave Carroll stepping up to take his third penalty in a row and finishing with aplomb, 3-1 to T&D. With Tots feeling comfortable and not taking the game to Corries, the home side punished them, winning a penalty which Kieran Sweet buried. Substitute for T&D Josh Squires, had a superb half hour, making a difference with his energy and pace. He got his just rewards and made sure Tots went home with all three points by coolly placing his left-footed shot into the side of the goal. Chudleigh Athletic complete the top three with a home walkover over a Stoke Gabriel Reserves side who have now failed to fulfil their past three fixtures. The only side to climb in Division One were Salcombe Town, Ollie Stallard, Charlie Barnes and Ryan Colmer netting in a 3-1 home victory over Newton Abbot ’66 whose consolation came from Sam Wilschire. Town move up to fifth.
Broadmeadow STFC were the big climbers in Division Two, leaping opponents Liverton United Reserves to take third place in the table after a 6-0 home triumph, Chris Bennett with a hat-trick, Dan Kenward with a brace and Jai Campbell with a single. Bennett’s former team Bishopsteignton United lead the pack though after an even bigger win: 8-0 over Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves with Finn Graham scoring four and Hardee, Stonelake, Beeson and Burns also on target. Gareth Harris and Ben Austin scored for bottom side Newton United but couldn’t prevent a sixth straight loss as visiting Buckfastleigh Rangers won 5-2 with goals from Declan Cowley, Arren De Young, Russell Ellis, Charlie Morgan and Glenn Palmer.
Torbay Police Reserves from Division Four went into their Fred Hewings Cup First Round match as the clear underdogs, playing Kingskerswell and Chelston Reserves who play their football two divisions higher. However, Mike Raddon and Ollie Abercrombie had the Bees two up by the break and, shortly after the restart, Paul Christie also put the ball in the Kerswell net for a third time, only to see it disallowed for offside. The Police put themselves under pressure on many occasions, giving away set pieces around their box, but showed positivity, heart and fight across the side with goalkeeper Lee Griffiths pulling off important saves. Kerswell pulled a goal back in the second half through substitute Matthew White but it is the Bees who progress.
A Roly Blowers goal at Harbertonford Reserves was enough to give Ashburton Reserves the win that keeps them three points clear in Division Three. Chudleigh Athletic Reserves and Waldon Athletic Reserves are second and third respectively after also posting wins. Chudleigh enjoyed an emphatic 7-1 victory at Ipplepen Athletic Reserves, Jordan Armstrong with a double and Aaron Osborn, Charlie Leisk, Joseph Wise, Paul Mills and Howard Peplow with the others; sub Jaku Kumar notched for Pens. Keeper Adam Taylor helped swing thing Waldon’s way at Teign Village with an early penalty save while the scores were at 0-0. The young guns then kicked on with Matt Mason and Brad Evans both scoring. There was also time for the team’s old head Dave Clark to add a third ensuring the away team took all three points home with them.
Newton Abbot ’66 are off the bottom in Division Four after a 1-0 home win against Paignton Villa Reserves, Callum Noyce with the decider.
There were goals galore in Division Five with leaders Watts Blake and Bearne hitting 12 without reply, nine in the second half, at home to Newton United Reserves, Cory Brennan with four of his own, Danny Martin with two and the other goals coming from Jake Moore, Olly Avery, Ashley Skinner, Bradley Horn, Sam Stowell and Lewis Austin. Broadhempston United ran out 8-2 winners over visiting Newton Rovers Reserves, Dean Barter managing four goals and Shaden Gagg and Sam Caunter, from the bench, with two apiece. Christopher Ormerod also scored a brace for Rovers. A double for sub Jack Salmons and singles from Trevor Cutler and Andrew Towell couldn’t lead Chudleigh Athletic Thirds to a home victory against Stoke Fleming and Strete who scored six for a third league win on the bounce. Paignton Saints Reserves squeezed a 4-3 win away at Brixham AFC Thirds. Josh Wiginton took charge of his first game as Saints’ new manager and Saints started the better side but couldn’t make their chances count. That allowed Brixham to take the lead and the visitors’ misery continued as Saints conceded twice more with Joseph Fellowes, Daniel Gillard and Shane Pike the home goalscorers. But with ten minutes left until half-time, Saints got their first lifeline. A corner from Simon Harris wasn’t cleared and fell to Danny Rainbow to stab home. Just before half-time, another corner from Harris found Ian Simons unmarked and he powered his header home to make it 3-2 at the break. Saints came out in the second half determined to turn this game over. They took their time but eventually a free kick from Harris, deep in Brixham’s half, was misjudged by the ‘keeper and went straight in for the equaliser. Soon after, a lovely through ball from Ian Simons found its way to David Walker who chipped it over the advancing ‘keeper to give Saints the lead for the first time in the game. Brixham then bombarded the Saints goal for the final 15 minutes but a combination of good defending and wasted chances meant the game ended with a 4-3 win in Saints’ favour.