FAIR PLAY: Beesands Rovers picked up their MJM/SDFL Fair Play Award and £100 voucher before their league game at Totnes and Dartington. (c) Nigel Pearson/SDFL
Watcombe Wanderers came from two down away at South West Peninsula Division One East leaders Crediton United to sensationally make it through to the last 16 of the Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup. Watcombe started with a back three and the Exeter side didn’t take long to find space in behind, going a goal up in the first minute through Simon Durrant. In a dominant opening period, Kyrton doubled their advantage, Dave Lee scoring in the 10th minute. But the home side were looking shaky at the back at times and the Greens capitalised, starting their fightback early and scoring twice before the break through Chris Srdinko and Cieran Bridger. Bridger then netted the winner in the second half after having already missed an open goal by firing over the bar. Watcombe are now the only South Devon League side still in the competition after Waldon Athletic lost out 1-0 at home to Exwick Villa, Ash Hudd scoring for the ex-Peninsula outfit.
Ashburton started the month by going back to the top of the Premier Division after their 3-1 home win over Brixham AFC Reserves. Carl Roles put the Ashes one up at half-time but the Fishermen drew level after the break through Thomas Stephenson. Jordan Kewell scored next for the home side with Roles wrapping things up with his second of the afternoon. The only other top six team in league action were Paignton Villa but they were unable to improve their position as they went down 4-1 at Dartmouth AFC who are starting to build a head of steam. The returning Danny Rushe scored two goals for Darts at Longcross with Will Kenny and Robbie Chalk also on target. Upton Athletic are enjoying a good run of results at the moment but things weren’t looking good at Armada Park as they trailed 2-0 to visiting Ivybridge Town Reserves, Louis Maddock and Xoli Ncube with the goals. However, strikes from Rui de Garces, Darren Bastow and Lee Fenner turned the tables and Athletic won 3-2 to go three unbeaten in the league. East Allington United enjoyed the biggest win of the day, thrashing Loddiswell Athletic 8-0 at Poole Lane. Simon Hannaford left most of the goalscoring to his team-mates today, netting just the one himself. Andy Davis and Josef Sita scored hat-tricks apiece with the other goal put in by a Loddiswell player.
A high-scoring derby in the second round of the Herald Cup ended with recently relegated Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves coming back from behind three times to finally dispatch Premier visitors Kingsteignton Athletic 4-3 at the Rec. Liam Ashwell gave the Rams a 20th minute lead but Spurs equalised to go in level at half-time. Connor Crocombe was the next to find the net for Kingsteignton but when Luke Myers handled on the line they lost the lead again – and Myers to boot. Nevertheless, Steve Payne headed the Rams ahead for a third and final time before Spurs hit back twice to book their place in the last 16. Spurs’ goals were credited to Sam Hancox, Joseph Long, Matthew Williams and substitute Andy Eden.
Buckland Athletic Reserves and Roselands contested one of the best ever Herald Cup semi-finals last season but a repeat of Roselands shock win last season was unlikely due to the movement of the Reds’ top players to the newly formed Galmpton & Roselands. Predictably enough, Buckland took an early lead through Lewis Plackett but a James Beech free-kick brought Roselands level. Jordan Ewing headed the Yellows back in front and a second Plackett goal widened the gap. However, a second Beech strike pulled the score back to 3-2 and though the finalists were edged out, the score was a respectable one. The one remaining First Round tie saw Torbay Police visit Bovey Tracey Reserves. The Police started very brightly and troubled Bovey in the air from corners, creating some great chances: Stuart Pointon hit the bar, Sam Jennings headed just over and Callum Brennan tested the ‘keeper. They also won several free-kicks around the box. At the other end, Benjamin Evans was largely untested, with Bovey’s few efforts off target. After a goalless first half, the Moorlanders scored twice in the second through Christian Fleet and Ali Chuchuk. The first goal came after an early defensive error from the Police following a Bovey goal-kick. The Bees responded by pushing forward but again wasted free kick after free kick from good positions, Jamie Bayliss, swapped for Jennings, hitting a lob just wide. Another defensive blunder saw a good finish from Bovey to make it 2-0. Matthew Shepherd looked to have started the Police comeback with a goal but his effort was contentiously ruled out for offside. Mike Raddon then popped up to hammer home a strike to make it 2-1 but despite some more gilt-edged chances and even more free kicks on the edge of the box, the Bees couldn’t get that elusive equaliser.
There were just the two games in Division One. Totnes and Dartington made it five wins from six in the league as they hosted Beesands Rovers. The game started well for the home side with pressure down both flanks and Daniel Block unlucky not to give Tots the lead just before half time. Breaking through the Beesands defence, Block took the ball around the ‘keeper but his shot was blocked on the line. The second half began the way T&D wanted as a training ground routine from a corner saw Finn Roberts’ deep cross-cum-shot fly into the top corner. Not long after, Charlie Ginley won the ball back on the half-way line to play the ball through to Block. His speed and pace allowed him to nick the ball past the ‘keeper and superbly lob the ball into an empty net. Block then put the home side out of sight, smashing the ball home from 12 yards for his second of the afternoon. They couldn’t hold on to that clean sheet they desperately wanted though as Tom Harvey scored a nice header from a free-kick to make the final score 3-1, Totnes and Dartington moving into top spot.
Ipplepen Athletic were left scratching their heads after losing despite dominating large spells of their home game against Babbacombe Corinthians. Pens had two chances cleared off the line in the first half and a further solo effort smashed against the crossbar before Corries came into the game to give the home ‘keeper some action for the final ten minutes of the half. Corrie’s started the second half brightest and Ollie Tudor converted from a well-worked corner. Ipplepen pushed on but still couldn’t make their efforts count. They included a Dan Steer 20-yard volley which looked a sure goal before the visiting ‘keeper made a top drawer save to deny Pens again. With 15 minutes remaining and all subs used, Ipplepen’s goalkeeper then had to leave the pitch with a rolled ankle leaving them to play the game out a man light. Nevertheless, Neil Boldick scored within five minutes and Pens looked as if they might go on to get another. But, with a couple minutes to go, the referee awarded a penalty to Babbacombe for a controversial handball and Kieran Sweet converted it with a great strike to leave Ipplepen in no doubt that this wasn’t to be their day.
Five of the six Division One sides in the Third Round of the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup progressed. Harbertonford enjoyed a hard-earned victory over North Devon league Division One leaders Chittlehampton. Mike Summers gave the Fords the lead with a goal just before half-time only for the home side to equalize minutes after the restart. Mid-way through the second half, Tom Weymouth put the visitors ahead for a second time and then Summers smashed home his second goal to clinch the win. Chudleigh Athletic lost their first game of the season to exit the competition, conceding in extra-time to bow out 5-4 at home to Maristow. Paignton Saints go straight through to the last 16 with Georgeham and Croyde unable to raise a side. A single goal from Ryan Colmer and some good saves from Ewan Grewal saw Salcombe Town send out Riviera United in a scrappy game at Whiterock, the round’s only all-SDFL tie. Sam Gedye’s goal for Heavitree United Reserves was almost enough to see them past hosts Watcombe Wanderers Reserves. But after a late equaliser, the Greens turned up the heat in extra-time to win 4-1, Ricky Bergin with two and Liam Northcott and Toby Woodmore completing the goalscoring. A late Lee Pike strike saw Kentisbeare knocked out at Buckland Athletic Thirds. The Devon and Exeter league side had taken the lead before Pike equalised with his first of the afternoon.
Division Two’s Buckfastleigh Rangers are still in the hunt after a 4-1 win against Northam Lions but Bishopsteignton United and Hookhills United go out. Bishops lost out 4-2 away at Lakeside Athletic with Hookhills beaten 5-3 by visiting Chagford.
Four of the five games in the A&S Devon Intermediate Cup went the way of South Devon. Division Three high-fliers Harbertonford Reserves netted the only goal of the game at home to Drake FC. It was also 1-0 to Barton Athletic, also from Division Three, who scored late on at Lapford Reserves. A first half hat-trick from Millwey Rise’s Nathan Womersley and a Keith Forsey headed goal had Division Four outfit Babbacombe Corinthians Reserves with a mountain to climb by half-time. Ryan Mashford pulled a goal back within a couple of minutes of the restart and Ryan Mellish scored a free-kick to introduce a measure of hope for the visitors. But Womersley’s fourth of the afternoon and a penalty from Brad-Lee Miller soon snatched that away. Forsey and substitute Sam Turner increased the home side’s tally to eight before Ethan Murphy managed a third for Babbacombe. Further goals from captain Shane Featherstone and Forsey – completing his hat-trick – wrapped up a 10-3 result. There was better news for Corries’ Division Four rivals. Newton Abbot ’66 Reserves won a tight game at home to Belgrave 4-3 while struggling Kingsbridge and Kellaton United recovered from going a goal down early in their home game against Bridgerule to equalise with around 20 minutes to go. Two further goals, the latter an own goal, then completed the turnaround and saw the South Hams side through.
There was also a Fred Hewings Cup Second Round game played at the Denbury Playing Fields where ten-man Division Three side Upton Athletic Reserves sent hosts Newton United Reserves, from Division Five, out of the competition. Jules Emati-Emati’s double helped Upton to a 2-1 win but goalkeeper Dale Haughton was also instrumental in the victory; Kai Urwin scored for United.
In Division Two, a James Horn hat-trick helped Kingskerswell and Chelston Reserves to their first win since September. Alexander Easson, Mathew Waye and Mark Tobin also scored in a 6-3 home win over Newton United to lift Kerswell to fourth. Gareth Harris scored twice and Ben Harper also found the net for the bottom club. The only other game was a 1-1 draw between Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves and Liverton United Reserves at Broadpark, Craig Pidwell with the Rams’ goal.
Meadowbrook Athletic are on a run of three successive wins and lead Division Three on goal difference. Ben Bowhay, Chris Hooper and an own goal saw the Brook win 3-1 at Chudleigh Athletic Reserves who found the net through substitute Robert Cook. A Cameron Fewings hat-trick helped Abbotskerswell to a 5-2 win away at Teign Village. Lloyd Hitchins and Ben French joined him on the score-sheet with Daniel Martin and Daniel Leeds scoring for the hosts.
After a largely disappointing October, Division Four leaders Torquay Town started the month with a fifth win of the season, Mark Corderoy with a double in a 3-1 result against East Allington United Reserves. Phillip Bryen was also on the mark for Town with Robert Bigwood finding a consolation for the Pirates. Second-placed Dittisham United, who have played all of their six league games at home, secured consecutive wins by overcoming Newton Rovers 6-1 ,Antony Smith with the away team’s strike. Riviera United Reserves complete the top three after finishing on the right side of a 4-3 win this weekend, away at Bishopsteignton United Reserves. Rivi scored through Ashley Dewdney, Luke Hore and, from the bench, Jacob Brown and David Tucker. The division’s other fixture saw Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves win their first away game of the campaign with a 5-2 victory at Torbay Police Reserves who lost at home for the first time. Sub Greg Daw led the scoring with two goals for Rangers, Sam Johnston, Liam Thomas and Colin Barnard with the remainder. Kevin Smith and Marc Graham found the net for the Bees.
Watts Blake Bearne AFC have lost their 100% record in Division Five after a 2-0 loss at Watcombe Wanderers Third, Steeve Yava and Charlie Cuss scoring. A 6-2 triumph at Broadhempston United means that Barton Athletic Reserves go joint top with WBB on points. Wayne Bergin and Ryan Corcoran hit doubles for Athletic and there were singles for Neil Thomas and Lea Alvey; Dean Barter scored both goals for the Robins. Following their Herald Cup giantkilling exploits, Ilsington Villa got back to league business with four goals and a clean sheet in their home game against Stoke Fleming and Strete, Stephen Hobbs, Thomas Bartlett, Ryan Wills and substitute Stephen Chivers the goalscorers. Brixham AFC Thirds are just behind third-placed Villa on goal difference after their 3-1 win at Newton Rovers Reserves. Joseph Fellowes notched twice for the Fisherman and was joined on the score-sheet by Reece Gareth Dallow; Nathan De’Ath found the net for Rovers.