Feniton knuckle down to win
PUBLISHED: 16:02 17 February 2011
SEATON Town suffered their heaviest defeat for a couple of seasons when beaten 7-2 at Newtown.
The Exeter side’s astonishing success – Town had beaten them 2-0 at Colyford Road earlier in the season – takes them above Town and into top spot, and, with Sidmouth Town also winning, Town’s dominance of a top two berth is now under serious threat for the first time this term.
It all started so well for Town in Exeter as they went ahead in the fifth minute through Miles Alphonse. They spurned a glorious chance to double the lead before three quick-fire Newtown goals put them in charge before the break. All that Town were able to take from the game was a second Alphonse goal, a late consolation.
Town boss Josh Stunell said: “It was, collectively, a horribly bad day at the office. At 3-1 down we had two choices. Either shut things up and effectively go for damage limitation, or get at them and suffer the consequences if a brave effort at getting something out of the game backfired. The latter happened and we have to take it on the chin.”
Town will look to bounce back on Saturday when they entertain University at Colyford Road. Stunell says: “We have not become a bad side overnight and I’ll remind the lads of that in training this week. We are unbeaten in two years at Colyford Road and that statistic alone should provide sufficient motivation.”
There was defeat too for Beer Albion who went down 2-0 at Topsham Town. Even more damaging to the Beer cause was nasty injury to Ollie Morgan that ended with him being taken off to hospital to have a knee injury looked at.
Topsham took a single goal lead into half time and doubled their advantage in the closing stages of the match.
Fishermen’s chief Mark Ward said: “I am afraid; Martin Adkin apart, none of the team can come out of those 90 minutes with too much credit. It was one of those days when too many of the 11 were off their game and that’s disappointing. But the team have risen to the challenge before and I am sure they know where it went wrong and will be in the mood to put it right this coming Saturday.”
Next up for Ward and his men is a Saturday home game against basement dwellers Exmouth Amateurs who had begun a mini-revival until their single goal defeat at home to Sidmouth Town last weekend.
Ward will be without the injured Morgan who returned from hospital on Saturday evening waiting to see just what damage had been done to knee ligaments when the swelling dies down.
John Cooper, who broke down in the warm up at Topsham, should be fit for the Ammies’ game whilst James Melville, who struggled through the Tops’ defeat, is also expected to be fit.
Ward says: “It’ll not be easy. Ammies have had some decent recent results, but I am very confident that my lot will seek to put the Topsham defeat to bed and deliver for the home faithful on Saturday.”
Feniton bagged back- to-back wins for the first time this season and have given their battle against the drop out of the First Division a huge boost.
The Blues were 3-2 winners at Acland Park against Tipton St John, a result that takes them six points clear of the third bottom side and, indeed, they are now just nine points shy of the sixth places side in the section, Bow AAC!
Paul Dowling fired Feniton into half-time lead and Danny Lewis, who was outstanding throughout on the right of midfield, bagged a second half brace. At 3-0, the Blues were cruising, but, two goals in five minutes put the outcome in the balance. However, the new air of confidence at Acland Park, was clear for all to see as they battened down the hatches and saw the game to a winning conclusion.
A delighted Kingdon said: “It’s a confidence thing for sure. A month or so ago we’d have shipped a third as Tipton came back at us. We have turned the season round but there’s some way still to go. We have a tough month ahead, but I am sure they will grow in confidence from these two wins.”
Next up for Kingdon and his side is Saturday’s short trip to high-flying East Budleigh.
Honiton Town were without a league fixture on Saturday and so the Feniton success does make their escape bid that much more difficult.
Paddy Thomas’ side have given themselves a fighting chance with their current three-match unbeaten run. Their new confidence will be put to the test this Saturday when they host a top four Chagford side who were beaten for the seventh time this term when they lost at East Budleigh last weekend.
Colyton banked a point from a 2-2 draw with Sidmouth Town Reserves, a result that sees them edge further away from the relegation places. Indeed, with three of the bottom four playing and losing, it leaves Colyton now a healthy eight points clear of the drop zone.
Colyton edged ahead three minutes before the break when a superb over-lapping Mike Cullum run ended with his cut back being controlled and side-footed into the net. There was still time for the hosts to level before the break as the Colyton nemesis of shipping late goals continued.After the break, Town keeper Robbie Powell produced a superb double save to deny Somers a second from the penalty spot.
Somers did eventually bag a second after some superb support play from Paul Millman but, once again Colyton’s undoing was a late goal and they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Mark Watkins said: “All season we have been conceding late goals. Self-belief suffers and you see heads go down - and we fail to shut up shop. Against Sidmouth we served up a vastly- improved performance, but the lapses in concentration are really hitting us hard and it is something we will have to work on in the coming weeks.”
Offwell Rangers earned a point from fellow promo hopefuls Chard but it was a tough game. Chard went 2-0 up, but Jamie Doidge scored and, five minutes later. Jack Knight was brought down in the box, earning a penalty. Lewis Couch converted it. The second half was dominated by Offwell and a good save from the Chard keeper denied the Yellows a victory. Offwell are unbeaten in seven games. Man of the Match was Jack Knight.
Upottery put in a superb collective shift before being edged out 3-1 at table-topping Pinhoe. This Saturday, Dan Prettejohn’s side entertain a South Zeal side who sit sixth, three places and four points better off than the villagers who head in to the weekend’s game sitting 10 points clear of the bottom three and just eight shy of the top three places.
Seaton Town Reserves are very much part of the Division Four promotion picture after a 4-1 success at Okehampton Argyle.
Town are up to fifth and sit just six points behind leaders Crediton United.
Beer Albion Reserves had a nap hand victory when they hosted Feniton Reserves.
A ninth success of the season for the Fishermen keeps them very much in the hunt for one of the three promotion places on offer. Next up for Ross Morton’s men is a visit to high-flying table topping Dolphin.
One interesting statistic is that the Fishermen are one of just two sides yet to draw a game in Division Five this season.
Dunkeswell battled bravely against high-flying Dolphin and did score against the powerful Exeter side that has shipped just a dozen goals this season.
On Saturday, Rod Hill’s side entertain Woodbury, who suffered only their second defeat of the season when beaten by mid-table AFC Sidford last weekend.
Awliscombe’s Division Six promotion bid suffered a blow when they were thumped 6-0 at East Budleigh Reserves. It’s a measure of how good a season the Awls have been having that this is only their fourth league reversal.
They will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways on Saturday when they host a Honiton Town Reserve side which will be playing only their third league game since early December!
Axmouth United suffered their third 2-1 away defeat of the season when beaten at UAU Exeter. United stay top, for now, but with the teams immediately below them all winning, their tenure of top spot may not last much longer!
There was a feast of goals in the Division Eight East Devon derby at Offwell Rangers where Feniton Thirds were beaten 8-3.
That means the two sides have struck 15 goals between them in their two meetings this term!
Goals from Ollie Cramer, Liam Spiller and an Ian Dure double, sent Rangers into the break leading 4-2.
Then, after the Blues had got a third, home nerves were settled by one from Evan Carnelly and a superb strike from Karl Allen. The visitors then struck their third, before goals from Spiller and Harry Hutton ended the scoring.
Match day sponsors, Exeter Window Stores, awarded the Man of the Match to Karl Allen, who not only put in a superb shift at left back but also scored what will possibly be the Rangers goal of the season!
Colyton Reserves were beaten at home by the odd goal in seven by Okehampton Argyle. This weekend the Colyton second string travel to Morchard Bishop.