Ede shows star quality

Seaton Town boss Josh Stunell gave a half-time talk of Churchillian proportions as his side turned round a two goal midway deficit to win 4-2 and re-claim top spot in Division One.

Seaton Town boss Josh Stunell gave a half-time talk of Churchillian proportions as his side turned round a two goal midway deficit to win 4-2 and re-claim top spot in Division One.

On a pudding of a pitch in Mid Devon, Town found themselves on the end of a surprise half time 2-0 score line against bottom of the table Culm United but goals from Robbie Fellingham and Bradley Groves restored parity before a brace from Ben Ede settled the issue.

The final 20 minutes of the game was the Ben Ede show, the Seaton skipper scoring two of the best goals you are likely to see all season. With 70 minutes played, Ede received the ball 30 yards out, checked to see where the goalkeeper was and chipped him, with the ball nestling in the top right hand corner of the goal.

Both sets of players were left stunned. Ede continued to dominate proceedings and with five minutes remaining, he nearly bettered his earlier strike, smashing the ball into the to right hand corner of the goal from 20 yards out past the despairing dive of the Culm keeper for a 4-2 win.

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On the final whistle the majority of the Culm players made their way to congratulate Ede for his stunning performance

The victory, coupled with a day off for morning leaders, Heavitree Social United Reserves who had a frozen ground and so could not tackle scheduled visitors Beer Albion.

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Town led by a point from Cullompton Rangers who have played a game less. Stunnel and his men take a breather from the league campaign this weekend when they travel to Manstone Road, Sidmouth for an intriguing East Devon Senior Cup quarter final meeting with Sidmouth Town.

With the Vikings making an instant recovery now they are under the stewardship of Phil Margrett and Paul Ashford, this match has the makings of being one not to miss!

Beer Albion sit 4th in the Division One table but, this coming weekend find themselves once again inactive as they have no game with the programme split between League and Cup.

In the Premier Division there was disappointment for Feniton who were beaten 3-0 at home by Topsham Town. The visitors led 1-0 when the Blues thought they had levelled courtesy of a superb set piece goal from Alex Frankpitt that was chalked off - the reason for which still bemuses the Acland Park outfit.

Topsham went on to add a second half brace. The defeat leaves the Blues the only side above basement dwellers Otterton but they are only six points shy of 11th placed Hatherleigh with plenty of games remaining to ease their way clear of the drop zone. On Saturday, Feniton travel to Mid Devon to tackle current leaders Thorverton.

In Division Two, there was disappointment for both Honiton Town and Upottery as the pair suffered narrow defeats. Town went down to only their second league defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 at a powerful Witheridge whilst Merv Sawyer's side were edged out 1-0 by visiting Axminster Town Reserves for whom Ben Turner proved the match winner.

Upottery have been given a big boost in their bid to avoid successive relegations with the news that a number of Division Two sides have had points deducted for administrational issues.

The villagers are no longer bottom, that tag rests with Dawlish Town who currently sit on minus four points having played 15 games. Upottery sit second from bottom with three points from nine games with Exmouth Amateurs immediately above them on four points from 10 games whilst also now in range are fourth bottom Civil Service Reserves who now have nine points from 11 outings.

This coming weekend the Upottery battle for Division Two survival continues with a visit to University whilst Honiton Town have home advantage for their meeting with Exmouth Amateurs.

Axminster Town Reserves travel to another side in the bottom half, they go to Westexe Rovers in Tiverton.

Colyton dropped Division Three points for only the second time this term when held 0-0 by struggling Chard Town. The net result of the stalemate is that Colyton slip out of the top three for the first time this season. It's clearly going to be one of the tightest divisions of all 10 in the league with the top six currently separated by just three points. Next up for Keith Somers' side is Saturday's Bill Slee Cup quarter final tie with Division Two side Witheridge who are riding high at the top of their table, unbeaten 12 games into the season. Home advantage may prove pivotal and it gives Colyton a great chance of nailing a last four place.

Offwell Rangers roared back into the Division Four promotion picture with an impressive 3-0 win over a strong Bampton.

Such was the Rangers' first half dominance that the only surprise was that only Euan Carnelley's goal separated the sides at the break.

In the second half, strikes from Andy Lord and James Dingle sealed victory.

Manager Nick Ogden, understandably delighted with his charges said: "The first half display was one of our best all season.?Our passing, movement and organisation was spot on. We defended and attacked as a unit and the pass that set up the second goal was exquisite from Lewis Couch. To have that vision is one thing but to execute it in a game takes a very talented player. The whole team deserve credit for a sound effort and clean sheet, but my Man of the Match would have to be Brett Sellick in his first start in the 1st team this season, I don't think he missed a challenge all game".

Ogden also gave special praise to the referee Viv Cooke who handled the game superbly.

Next up for Ogden and his side is a trip to Seaton on Saturday afternoon and, with the East Devon opposition sitting immediately below Rangers in the table, two points worse off having played a game more, a win at Colyford Road for Ogden's men would see them strengthen their hold on a top three berth.

Seaton Town Reserves' hopes took a blow when they went down 3-2 at home to Dawlish United. They will be well aware that the game with Offwell Rangers on Saturday is vital to their own hopes of staying involved in the race for a top three finish.

There was no joy for Dunkeswell Rovers as they lost 6-1 at Cullompton Rangers Thirds in Division Five. The Dunks remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just a point to their name so far this difficult season and they have a tough task ahead this coming weekend as they prepare to entertain high flying Bickleigh Reserves.

Joy aplenty for Axmouth United though, as they won only their second Division Six game of the season, beating visiting Silverton 2-1 and that, coupled with defeat for Exmouth Town Reserves at University, was enough to lift United off the foot of the table. Next up for United is another home game with Cheriton Fitzpaine providing Saturday's opposition. In the same section Beer Albion reserves shared four goals and the points with AFC Sidford at Furzebrake. On Saturday the Fishermen travel to Sidford for an instant return meeting.

Awliscombe United completed a fabulous few days with Saturday's single goal, win University. This was after they had performed a midweek rescue act under the floodlights at Cullompton Rangers where they were losing 2-0 with 90 minutes up in a Football Express Cup tie. They scored an added time brace to force extra-time and then went on to win the tie 4-2. Chris Williams was the hero with the pair of added time strikes and the Awls will now face the winners of the Lord's XI and Woodbury meeting which takes place this coming weekend, for a place in the semi-finals.

On Saturday Awliscombe don't have a game as they should have been playing that Football Express Cup last eight match.

In Division Seven, Rockbeare Rangers lost 3-1 at Clyst Valley, this weekend the Rockets stage a Geary Cup quarter final against Honiton Town Reserves. Honiton Town RES warmed up for that cup encounter with a 3-2 defeat at home to Amory Argyle.

In Division Nine the Acland Park meeting of Feniton Thirds and Colyton Reserves ended all square at 2-2, Offwell Rangers Reserves went down 4-1 at Lapford and Seaton Town Thirds were thumped 7-2 by visiting Morchard Bishop Reserves.

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