Fellingham, 17, back in the Yeovil youth fold
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010
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Beer Albion slipped to a seventh defeat in eight Premier Division outings when beaten 4-0 at Furzebrake by University but the Fishermen can take heart from a gutsy display.
Beer Albion slipped to a seventh defeat in eight Premier Division outings when beaten 4-0 at Furzebrake by University but the Fishermen can take heart from a gutsy display that probably did not deserve to see them finish on the end of such a one sided score line. The Fishermen are at home again on Saturday when they entertain a Newtown side who were hit for seven at Thorverton last weekend and the game presents a real chance for Albion to claim a second success of what has, to date, been a disappointing season. Feniton were another side to slip to a top flight defeat, beaten 2-0 in the East Devon derby at Greenway Lane by a Budleigh Salterton side who are beginning to look capable of mounting a bid for a top three finish. Boss Dave Carnall missed the match as he was holidaying in Cornwall but he will be back in the dugout for this weekend's meeting with an Otterton side who have been denied a game for three weeks! Without a fixture three Saturday's ago the top flight new boys have since had both scheduled matches washed out and they will no doubt be glad they are set to go to Acland Park which generally withstands the worst the elements can throw at it. Seaton Town's lofty ambitions of joining Feniton and Beer in the Premier Division next season took another knock when they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Sidbury. This was a third defeat in five Senior One outings for Mark Watkins' side. The game was played in the face of a very strong wind, one the home side had to play against in the first half, but in truth it was one of those games when Town's early season nemesis once again appeared - they play some delightful football up until the decisive third of the pitch when the final ball is often not up to the standard of the preceding play. Despite this, Town still managed to fashion three or four 'gilt edged' chances in the game, the best of which fell to George Moore who, with the goal gaping in front of him, somehow managed to put the ball high over the bar. Bradley Groves was the 'main man' for Town but sadly there was no finish to match his outstanding work rate. The points were won in the second half when the visitors, against the run of play on both occasions, managed to find the back of the Colyford Road net. They would have taken an earlier lead but for an incredible goal line clearance by central defender Mark Rooke, but they were not to be denied and took the points with those two second half strikes leaving Town boss Watkins to say: "Sidbury were sharper in the tackle and they also seemed to win every 'second ball'. I really do believe in this bunch of players at the club but what's very apparent, is that right now, perhaps they don't believe in themselves. I don't see enough of that much needed 'stomach for a battle' ingredient, and that is something I need to address quickly." Town are in Devon Senior Cup action this coming weekend when they travel to Plymouth for a meeting with United Services and Watkins says: "I intend to spring a surprise or three with my selection for the game." Upottery manager Merv Sawyer was left wishing his side's first visit to Horsdon Park, Tiverton, to contest Senior One points, had been a game of two halves of 35 minutes. If it had, the villagers would have taken the points back to East Devon with them! Upottery led the contest, albeit against the run of play, 2-0 on 35 minutes and again, with 10 minutes of the match remaining, 3-2 but the home side finished both halves strongly to win the game 4-3. Dan Broom and Andy Isaac had Sawyer's men two up when the Eagles launched their end-of-first-half comeback and they would have gone in 3-2 up but for a second successive splendid penalty save from keeper Adrian Coombe. Nick Trenchard put Upottery into the lead for the second time before two late, but nonetheless, exceptionally taken, goals gave the home side the points and allowed them to retain top spot in the Division. Sawyer said: "The 2-0 lead did flatter us but that's football and I thought the longer the second half went on we might just get away with some 'daylight robbery'. They are not table toppers without good reason and the quality of their two late goals was fitting of a side set to challenge for the top honour. A huge positive for me is the way we have shown we can compete with the very best at this level - if only the game was 35 minutes each way though." On Saturday Sawyer's side take a break from league duties when they are cast in the role of possible 'giants to be killed' when Senior Five side Colaton Raleigh, who hit 11 last Saturday, provide venue and opposition for a Devon Senior Cup tie. Sawyer expects a tough game: "It'll be strange to be the 'favourites' because of our Senior One status but they are obviously in good scoring form and will no doubt fancy their chances of a spot of 'giant slaying'. We'll need to be focussed and I am sure we will be." Honiton Town saw their run of three straight wins ended with a 3-1 Senior Two defeat at Newtown Reserves. On Saturday Town host an East Devon derby at Mountbatten Park with the visit of Lympstone. Dunkeswell took a point from the visit of Newtown 3rds in Senior Four thanks to a cross-cum-shot from Jerry Hill that found its way into the back of the net. Hill's effort put the Dunks ahead but the visitors took a share of the spoils with a goal in the final 10 minutes. Matt Woolacott had another outstanding game at the heart of the Dunks' defence. Rod Hill said: "It was a decent game played in a strong wind and probably, on reflection, a share of the points was about right." On Saturday Hill and his side are again at home when they receive a visit from Crediton United Reserves. Offwell Rangers banked their first away points of the season with a hard fought 3-1 success at Newton St Cyres. A first half Karl Allen brace and a Liam Spiller goal in the second half sealed the win leaving manager Nick Ogden saying: "I was delighted with the way the side performed, in particular 'the spine' of the team. What was most pleasing was the lads did not allow themselves to be 'bullied'." Ogden continued: "We were forced into some changes owing to injuries and I must pay homage to my assistant Pat Nield, for it was he who identified one or two things we could try, and they worked very well." Chris Webb was outstanding throughout for Rangers and next up is Saturday's trip to Tiverton to meet Westexe Reserves where Ogden and Nield hope the team can again do well. Ogden says: "We'd like to think the win at Newton St Cyres will help install belief that we can go away and win and Pat and I are looking forward to overseeing more of the same back in Mid Devon this weekend." Seaton Town Reserves' manager Jamie Bond was left feeling delighted but slightly disappointed after his side returned from a visit to a powerful Uplowman outfit with a Senior Division Three point, the home side levelling in the 96th minute of the contest! Charlie Clarke was once again amongst the Town scorers, the other coming from Scott Dyer. This weekend Town Reserves host Tipton St John. Rockbeare Rangers recovered from being an early goal down to power back and beat visiting Dawlish Town to book a place in the fourth round of the Devon Intermediate Cup. With the club being part of the Lucozade Performance League, the Rooks received a midweek visit from a sports scientist and his presence seems to have had an instant effect as the side played some exceptional football. Nic Perrem crowned a superb all-round performance with one of the goals and the others came from Si Edhouse, Bryn Lister and a first ever competitive Rooks goal from Mike. l Mark Watkins is set to be without young starlet Robbie Fellingham for the foreseeable future and the Seaton Town boss could not be happier! Fellingham, who recently celebrated his 17th birthday is a protege of the Town youth teams and he had last year been invited to attend training at Yeovil Town before being 'released' after a seven week stint at the Huish Park club. But it seems the Glovers have continued to monitor the youngster's progress and he was called up to play for the club's U16 side in last Saturday's 4-1 win over Cheltenham Town. The youngster played in central midfield for the full 90 minutes and is likely to be on duty for the Glovers again this Saturday at Swansea.
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