Colyton remain upwardly mobile
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010
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Feniton caretaker boss Sean Devine seems to have the Midas touch as he led the Blues to a second successive victory.
Feniton caretaker boss Sean Devine seems to have the Midas touch as he led the Blues to a second successive victory following the departure from Acland Park of Dave Carnall. It was a case of 'all the threes' for Devine's side who scored three times to take the three points at University, and, what's more, they are only the third team to beat the students in a top flight game this term and the win takes Feniton to third spot in the Premier Division table!Alex Frankpitt hit two and Andy Jones was also on target as the Blues came back from a goal down to seal the points. It means that in five matches that Devine has looked after the side he has a 100 per cent winning record. Devine said: "When Dave was away a couple of times earlier in the season I was fortunate enough to oversee three wins and so it's a five from five record to date."So does that mean he is ready to take on the job on a regular basis? Devine says: "I am not convinced totally yet. I still want to play and the only way I could see my being able to combine managing the side and continuing to play was if I could recruit somebody to come and help me from the touchline. I have got a few irons in the fire on that score and I privately hope something can be done so that I can take it on. I enjoy it and I recognise that that is half the battle."Next up for Feniton is a trip to Mid Devon and a meeting with the top flight's current 'form team' Thorverton.Beer Albion slipped to defeat in Somerset when they faced the only team to sit below them in the Premier table at the start of the day. Wellington climbed off the bottom rung and left the Fishermen in that spot after a 3-2 win. Next up for Albion is a visit to Furzebrake from Exmouth Amateurs who reclaimed top spot on Saturday.Seaton Town picked up only their second league win of the season with a 3-2 success at Upottery and what that means is that Mark Watkins' side are now just seven points shy of the third promotion berth. Watkins is refusing to be drawn into predicting what the future might hold, preferring instead to adopt a stance of taking each game as it comes and trying to build a run of victories before entertaining any thoughts of loftier status. The Town boss says: "Game by game is the only way for me now. This one was nip and tuck and we had to go the distance before securing the points but I felt we deserved the win, one we certainly needed."Watkins paired Ben Ede and Matty Rowson as the top two in a standard 4/4/2 system and it was Ede who capitalised on some great work by Josh French to level things up after Upottery snatched an early lead. The hosts took the lead for the second time in the dying embers of the first half but French equalised from the penalty spot before heading home in the 92nd minute to seal the win. The contest was superbly officiated by a lady referee leaving Watkins to say: "Her control of the game was superb, she was in charge from start to finish and the game flowed throughout. It was a very commanding performance."Matty Hancock, making his first Town appearance since his recent switch from Axminster Town, and Dave Clarke provided the fresh legs that Watkins threw into midfield on the hour, and that move proved a master stroke. Watkins said: "The two lads did very well. They have certainly added to my problems in terms of selection, which is now a headache for the next game." That next game is against Bow AAC who were beaten for the first time this term, thrashed 6-0 by East Budleigh last Saturday.It was a good day all round for Town's three senior sides. The second team once again denied all conquering Uplowman Athletic in a 2-2 draw. Scott Dyer and Gareth Richardson had put Town 2-1 up before the Mid Devon side levelled with five minutes remaining. Steven Grigg was outstanding for Town and the club's third team went on a goal rampage, hammering 11 past the Tipton St John stopper. Asa Sandman continued his fine recent run of goals with four, Bill Yeoman netted a treble and the others came from Alan Schlour, Johnny Hancock and Luke Morrison. It was Hancock's first ever senior goal whilst, at 16 years of age, young Morrison was making his first start in senior football. Such was his performance that 2nd team boss Jamie Bond has already pencilled the promising youngster into this coming weekend's 2nd team!Upottery manager Merv Sawyer lamented the fact that his side once again spurned a lead in a game they perhaps ought to have taken something from. Nick Trenchard and Mark Tucker scored the goals to give the villagers the lead twice before they were denied at the death. Sawyer said: "I am disappointed as I thought our second half performance deserved something from the contest but, if anything, we are being undone by our own naivety - it's four penalties conceded in six Senior One outings and that's a nemesis that needs to be stamped out - quickly."Honiton, who have been steadily climbing the Senior Two table over the last few weeks, were in cup action and battled bravely before being dumped out of the Bill Slee competition by current holders Heavitree Social United 5-2 . Town boss Richard Ayres said: "We got what we deserved, absolutely nothing. To be fair to the lads, and they are a decent set of honest players, you could see post match in the dressing room that they all recognised they had done themselves a massive injustice. That was nowhere near the standard I, and most importantly the players themselves, know they can perform. We were simply no match for Heavitree on the day."Town were two down within five minutes of the start, then spurned two glorious chances before Steve Rampaul got them back into the tie. Some criminally sloppy defending gifted the visitors a 3-1 lead which they added to before Dave Woodman struck to give Town hope. That was soon extinguished with a fifth from the Exeter side.Sam Farmer, who missed the cup tie, is back again this coming weekend when Town are again at home, as they stage an East Devon derby with the visit of Sidmouth Town. Ayres said: "I did text all the lads later on Saturday to advise them to keep their chins up and remember that the game against Heavitree was history. A huge positive to take from the defeat was that no league points were lost. Now I hope for a response against the Vikings this Saturday."Axminster Town Reserves were beaten 4-1 at Clyst Valley. This coming weekend Kevin Turner's young Tigers team make the trek up to Mid Devon and a meeting with Witheridge Reserves.Colyton continue to be upwardly mobile in Senior Three after a 5-4 win at Pinhoe. In a devastating first half performance Keith Somers side showed the hosts no mercy and rattled in five goals through Richard Tratt (2), Callum Somers (2) and Jimmy Richards. The home side got one back but after the break were a different team, helped by some inept Colyton defending on a mud bath of a pitch. The Exeter side found scoring almost as easy as Colyton had before the break and knocked in three to take the score to 5-4 with just 15 minutes remaining. At this stage club captain Paul Millman was introduced from the bench. Millman is battling his way back to fitness from a long term injury and cometh the hour, cometh the man, as he played a leading role in ensuring that the hosts added no further goals to allow Colyton to return to East Devon with the points. Somers had praise aplenty for the contributions of Ed Busby and Gary Larcombe, both of whom did enough to warrant staying with the 1st team this coming weekend, away at Winkleigh.Offwell Rangers went down 4-0 at home to Crescent. The result came as a disappointment to joint manager Nick Ogden who said: "We just never looked up for it. There was no spark at all and I think the fact that half the side have been suffering some sort of flu bug during the week played a part. We were okay in terms of possession but created little or nothing in the final third."Match sponsors SAK Logistics opted for Ryan Sellick and Scott Phillips to share the Man of the Match award. Next up for Rangers is another home game when they host Woodbury.Dunkeswell Rovers went nap in their meeting with Tedburn St Mary. The highlight of the 5-0 win was a hat-trick from Danny Drummond. Then other goals came from Dan Snell and star man Max McKeown who had a fine game on the right of midfield. Next up for Rod Hill's side is another home game with Saturday's visit of St Martin's.Axmouth United are very much in contention with the 'chasing pack' in Senior Five. Their latest success was a 3-1 win at bottom of the table Kentisbeare. After the hosts had taken a surprise lead John Copper raced clear, rounded the home keeper and slotted home the equaliser. All was square at the break when United boss James Teed told his side to slow things down and try to find some calming influence on their play. The ploy worked as Sam Bastin crossed to force an error in the home defence resulting in an own goal and the points were sealed when Rory Tucker scored with a fine shot from the edge of the box. On Saturday, United have a great chance to further their ambition when they host another of the sections current strugglers, Sidbury Reserves.In Intermediate One Honiton RESERVES were on the end of a 9-0 hiding at Alphington 3rds, no joy either for Awliscombe who lost 2-0 at home to Exmouth Amateurs 3rds.In Intermediate Two Axminster Town 3rds lost by the odd goal in five at home to Oak.In Intermediate Four Offwell Rangers Reserves lost 2-0 at Countess Wear Dynamos but there was better news from Acland Park where Feniton 3rds beat Amory Argyle 2-1. Rockbeare Rangers met Heavitree Social United 3rds for the second successive Saturday and once again came second! The Exeter side were two goals to the good before Stefano Ferrari struck a superb left foot volley to give the Rooks hope. They thought they had equalised in injury time when Si Edhouse fired into the net only for the 'goal' to be ruled out as the match official had seconds before 'blown' for a free kick - to Rangers!The previous week's defeat meant no league points for the Rooks, this reversal meaning no place in the next round of the Geary Cup.
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