Colyton battle for victory

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010

FENITON made it a perfect three wins from three outings since the appointment of Sean Devine as caretaker boss.

FENITON made it a perfect three wins from three outings since the appointment of Sean Devine as caretaker boss and the third win was undoubtedly the most impressive of the lot as they beat Thorverton 2-0 and at their Raddon Road ground too.Richard Hudson and Luke Gallin netted the Blues' goals that see them consolidate their top three berth in the Premier DivisionBeer Albion provided top of the table Exmouth Amateurs with a tough game at Furzebrake before slipping to a 3-1 defeat. The visitors moved into a two goal lead after identical goals from corners but James Melville fired the hosts back into the contest. Exmouth added a third late in the game. The Ammies returned home knowing that they had been in a game and their manager Jody Bolt said: "I think Beer are in a false position but I guess in their current situation it's the classic case of the ball not rolling for you. They have quality and plenty of spirit and, as long as they can stay in touch with the other basement side, I am sure they will retain their top flight status."Seaton Town served up one of their brightest shows of the season to date as they put visiting Bow AAC to the sword to the tune of a 4-1 defeat. It's only the second time this term they have tasted Senior One defeat. There was a bright beginning from Town who passed for fun during a dominant opening 20 minutes but, having the lion's share of the ball, they could not find the opening score. The visitors began to find a foothold and Town keeper Dave Perham made a couple of superb saves before being beaten in the 37th minute. The score was harsh on Town but they didn't take long to get back on level terms as Ben Ede played in Josh French to strike a magnificent volley from near shoulder height. With half time looming, 16-year-old Marcus Wyatt saw his cross uncleared and, when it was recycled from the opposite flank, he outjumped a combination of centre half and keeper to head Town into a 2-1 lead at the break.Two goals in three early second half minutes sealed the match. Matt Rowson and Ben Ede worked well together before Ede fired home and then a Josh French and George Moore combination ended with the latter firing Town into a 4-1 lead.The visitors threw caution to the wind and went with a three man attack countered by Town boss Mark Watkins summoning Jacob Hayes to add further strength to the back line. Perham saw precious little of the ball in the final quarter of the game thanks to that watertight back line.Next up for Town is the short trip to Sidbury on Saturday, of which Watkins says: "It will be another tough game, but then they all are. But the lads showed against Bow they are worthy of a place amongst the leading sides, now we need to see consistency of such performance."Upottery were well beaten at Sidbury where they went down 3-0 and boss Merv Sawyer was very honest with his post match summary saying: "No complaints about the outcome, on the day the better team won. We paid the price for a sloppy start and found ourselves with a mountain that proved too high to climb."It's now a worrying five defeats from seven Senior Two outings for the villagers, after year on year success. As Sawyer says, it is a stiff learning curve: "We have finally arrived at a level where there really is no such thing as a soft game. There's enough quality amongst the squad, and there is certainly an abundance of desire, all we need to do is ensure we start matches with more concentration."This Saturday as Upottery go to Homers Heath, home of Buckland Athletic, to meet the South West Peninsula League Premier Division high flyers' Reserve side in the Devon Senior Cup. The one major doubt surrounds keeper Adrian Coombe who discovered after the Sidbury game that he had chipped a bone in his thumb. Jack Trevisick is on standby should Coombe not be fit to wear the gloves, but, as he is also an accomplished outfield player, he will feature in the matchday squad in some capacity.Honiton Town may well have slipped out of a couple of recent cup competitions but they continue to prosper in their Senior Two campaign with their latest success being a 3-0 Mountbatten Park victory over Sidmouth Town. Darren Witt bagged a brace for Town.There are more home comforts for Richard Ayres' side this coming Saturday when they take on Newtown at Mountbatten Park and another three points will allow them to maintain what is now a top three berth in the table.With half the Colyton side at a wedding, a couple more at Twickenham watching rugby and a sprinkling of flu casualties, boss Keith Somers was forced to summon assistance in the shape of Ian Gooding and Nick Pritchard, who journeyed back from their respective universities at Chichester and Portsmouth, for the trip to Winkleigh in Senior Three.Gooding was the subject of a fierce challenge on 15 minutes which left him limping throughout the remainder of the first half. The hosts grabbed the lead just before the break with what proved to be their only positive attack of the half.With the Winkleigh slope to contend with and the biting wind in the second half it looked a tall order for Colyton but they more than coped and deservedly levelled through Ed Busby only for the home side to again seize the lead. The fleet footed Callum Somers nipped in to score a second equaliser with 10 minutes remaining before Matt Hewer scored what proved to be the winner. Boss Somers said: "Star of the day for me was Matt Orsman nursing a heavy cold and wearing about ten shirts to battle the cold, he was very tidy at makeshift left back. Previous Coly sides would have lost this game but I see resilience in this bunch who have now grasped what football is all about at this level. It's a case of rolling your sleeves up and battling for wins.Seaton Town Reserves went down 3-1 at Sandford although, after a dreadful first half, they did manage to win the second period with Steven Griggs' goal proving to be the only score. The goal was Griggs' first for five years! Joel Gosling was amongst the goals as Axminster Town's second team recorded an impressive 3-0 win at Witheridge Reserves, thanks to a brace from Rory Holmes and a spot kick from keeper Brett Garner.In Senior Four, Dunkeswell Rovers followed up their five-goal tally the previous week with another four as St Martin's were sent packing with a 4-1 defeat. Offwell Rangers produced a below par second half display to end up having to share the points at home to Woodbury after a 2-2 draw. The visitors struck first but some lovely passing football saw Rangers level and then take a 2-1 lead into the break. Chris Webb netted both the Rangers' goals. Nick Ogden said: "I am at a loss to explain how this team can change from looking a good side in one half to poor in the second half! Clearly there are things to sort out, and they will be." Match sponsors for the day, Sweet Black Angels, selected two goal star Webb as the Man of the Match. Next up for Ogden's side is Saturday's trip to St Martin's.Rockbeare Rangers produced a stunning second half display to turn abject defeat into extraordinary victory, claiming a 5-4 win at Clyst Valley.Three down inside 10 minutes, the Rooks were 4-0 down at half time when assistant manager Roy Burridge made changes. He put on two sets of fresh legs and reverted to a 4/4/2 formation. Within 10 minutes of the restart, there was only a single goal between the sides thanks to a rapid fire brace from Mike Ferrari and one from Jamie Thomas. Thomas netted his second just past the hour mark and the glorious comeback was completed five minutes from time when Tom Burridge scored the winner to seal a 5-4 victory.Axmouth United slipped to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Sidbury United Reserves. The visitors held sway in the first half taking a two goal lead, but the home side rallied after the break, halving the deficit through John Cooper, but his effort proved to be the only goal of the second half. It's Lords XI away on Saturday.In Intermediate One Feniton Reserves shared four goals with hosts Alphington Reserves but Honiton Town's second string went down 4-1 at Exmouth Amateurs and there was a 1-1 draw for Awliscombe in their game at Exmouth Town Reserves. Beer Albion Reserves were 2-1 up just past the hour mark at a very strong Wellington 3rds. Rex Kirby hit a double to put Albion in the box seat but the Somerset hosts dished up a powerful finish and scored seven goals in that final third of the match to claim an 8-2 win.In other Intermediate football Axminster Town 3rds lost 4-2 at Heavitree Social United, Colyton Reserves shared four goals with hosts Beacon Knights, Feniton 3rds went down 6-1 at Otterton Reserves and Seaton Town 3rds lost by the odd goal in seven after a gallant battle at home to Dawlish. An own goal and strikes from Asa Sandman and Jeremy Rostron made up the Town goals and they deserve bags of praise for a valiant effort.

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