Beer cheering in D and E League
PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010
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BEER Albion were one of the few East Devon clubs to get any action on Saturday.
BEER Albion were one of the few East Devon clubs to get any action on Saturday and it paid massive dividends as they beat Heavitree Social United 4-2.The win was all the more remarkable for the fact that the hosts had, just seven days earlier, knocked Peninsula League opposition out of the Devon Premier Cup and the Fishermen twice trailed in the contest. But despite their previous week's heroics the visitors arrived at Furzebrake without a single point on their travels to date this top flight term and, if Albion were to begin some sort of a great escape from the foot of the table as the year draws to an end, then this was exactly the sort of fixture they needed to launch their charge.That is most certainly what they did. It has been a tough time for all at Albion since the start of the season with senior members at the club citing the fact that, owing to summer defections, the hard fact is that the side are battling to simply retain Premier status. But, on Saturday, it all came together with a display of genuine spirit and they weren't short on enterprise either. Luke Bartlett, Pedro Fontes, James Melville and Mark Anning netted the Fishermen's goals and the result sees them climb two places up the table and, perhaps far more significantly, they also vacate the bottom spot.Club secretary Roger Hoare only managed to see the first half as he had to get off to do a night shift, but what he saw pleased him immensely. He said: "It was a really good all- round display by everybody in an Albion shirt. I think the basis of the final result was the display by the three centre back system in front of a very capable Steve Jones in goal."The three-man central defensive unit was Phil Arbourne, Danny Rowson and Martin Adkin. Sadly one of the goalscorers, Fontes, may well have played his last game for the side as he is set to return to his native Portugal before Christmas. Hoare says that if Saturday was the last the team see of him then he signed off in grand style. Hoare said: "He's a smashing lad and it will be a shame if we have seen the last of him."There is no game for Albion this coming weekend which, given the result against Heavitree United, is not something that boss Phil Crabb would have wished for. Scheduled opponents Bickleigh will be trying for the third time to get their Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup game against Brixham Villa played.Feniton, one of umpteen sides not to have any sort of action last Saturday, look to consolidate their current top three berth in the Premier Division when they travel into Exeter to meet a Heavitree United side they beat 3-1 at Acland Park when the two sides met on the opening day of the season. Upottery, after season upon season of success head towards the end of the year in a perilous situation towards the foot of Senior One. They have no game this coming weekend as scheduled visitors Elmore will be trying once again to complete their Devon Senior Cup tie and so the villagers next outing will be the December 27t meeting with Halwill. Seaton Town are in action this weekend when they entertain a Halwill side who arrive at Colyford Road one place, and two points better off than Town and boss Mark Watkins accepts that it is a very important game for his side. Honiton Town manager Richard Ayres had said prior to his side's trip to basement dwellers Lympstone, that the Lympets were proving, in recent seasons, to be something of a bogey side and, so it proved again, as the hosts claimed a 3-2 victory to record only their second win of the season whilst condemning Town to a sixth reversal in 11 Senior Two outings. Darren Witt and Mark Bowles netted the Town goals.This coming weekend Town complete the first half of their league campaign when they are at Mountbatten Park to receive a visit from an Exeter Civil Service side who have been beaten in all but three of their nine games to date. They currently occupy the bottom berth in the table but that, according to Town boss Ayres counts for nothing come kick off. He says: "In a way the fact they arrive as the basement dwellers cranks up the pressure. We are lacking any consistency in terms of putting together winning sequences and they will no doubt play with freedom so we will need to be properly prepared. That said, playing at home to the bottom side on the Saturday before Christmas, should, dare I suggest, be a real motivating factor for my lads to go out and put on a show."There was a second successive blank afternoon for Colyton and that leaves manager Keith Somers very frustrated: "Two successive blank days with 'nowt to do, save offer support on the Christmas shopping! Personally I'd much rather be on a windswept touchline egging the lads on to three more points. All this wet weather is very depressing for us football folk."Colyton take on mid-table Winkleigh as they seek to consolidate their top three spot in Senior Three. The North Devon outfit were beaten on their own patch at the end of November by the odd goal in five thanks to goals from, Ed Busby, Callum Somers and Matt Hewer. Keith Somers' side have been quietly building a promotion bid and, apart from currently unbeaten Uplowman, who head the table, no one else can better the Colyton record of just two defeats this term, those being a reversal at Witheridge and similar against Axminster Town.The Tigers' reserves are once again looking very much 'promotion contenders' as they seek to continue the rise and rise of the club's second team to ultimately provide the highest standard possible for the Sector Lane outfits' senior side. Like everybody else last weekend, Town were washed out, and this coming weekend they are without a game and next take to the pitch for the final time in 2008 with the visit of Kentisbeare.Senior Four has been hit harder than most with the recent poor weather. Since the start of December just a single game has been played in the section and that involved Offwell Rangers. Nick Ogden's side travel to the side immediately above them in the table on Saturday and a 4-0 win at Crescent will see Rangers enjoy the lofty status of second place when they tuck into their Christmas lunch. If Rangers have genuine promotion credentials then the same can be said of Dunkeswell Rovers who head to Mid Devon on Saturday and a meeting with Crediton United knowing that a victory will consolidate their top six berth as the end of year approaches. Colaton Raleigh and Axmouth United occupy sixth and seventh place respectively in Senior Five. This Saturday Colaton Raleigh host a Dawlish Town side who have been beaten just the once this season and, with the same two sides meeting just seven days later, opportunity knocks for the villagers to make their mark in a bid for one of the promotion places in the section. Axmouth United are scheduled to play Broadclyst and, given that the hosts were one of the very few to beat the weather on their, always playable surface, at the weekend, United's players can be sure they will get a game this coming Saturday afternoon.Beer Albion Reserves are currently flying the local flag in the top Intermediate Division and they will regard Saturday's trip to second-from-bottom Culm United Reserves as a genuine chance to consolidate their third place behind unbeaten leaders Wellington 3rds and second placed Cullompton Rangers 3rds. Feniton Reserves currently sit eighth, Awliscombe are two places lower whilst Honiton Town's 2nds team are at the very bottom of the table with just a single point to show for their efforts this season to date.On Saturday Feniton host Exmouth Amateurs, Awliscombe travel to Wellington and Honiton are at Dawlish Town.In Intermediate Two Rockbeare Rangers have been beaten just the once and although they currently sit mid table they have many a reason to feel they can mount a promotion challenge. Their only problem may prove to be trying to fit in the remaining 20 games they still face to complete their league campaign. The first of those is Saturday's visit of a Priory side who will begin the day two places and three points better off than Rangers.In the same section Axminster Town 3rds have just two victories so far this season. Next up for the Tigers is a visit from Bow AAC, one of only three teams to sit below them in the table.