French hat-trick as Seaton Town march on in County Cup

PUBLISHED: 18:47 09 November 2011

Seaton Town moved smoothly into the last sixteen of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup with a 5-2 victory at Kingskerswell and Chelston.

All the goals came in the second half and Town boss Josh Stunell had a good idea why that was.

He said: “The game was played on what looked like a school football pitch that was very narrow and it took us much of the first half to work out how to play the pitch! Once we got them in at half-time we had a chat, tweaked the formation, and then set about getting the game won in the second half. Once the first was scored I never felt we would nothing other than bag a place in the next round as we are a maturing side and know how to close a game out now”.

Josh French struck a hat-trick whilst the other Town goals came from Ben Ede and Cameron Vere. The opener arrived after the impressive Vere had been hauled down in the area and French made no mistake from the spot.

At 3-1 with Town in control, there was a pivotal moment when the South Devon side were awarded a penalty but Dan Stapleton made an exceptional save and thereafter Town closed the game out in some comfort.

This weekend its back to Fresha League engagements and a home meeting with East Budleigh. Town were set to host Topsham Town but the Exeter side have to try and play their County Cup tie postponed last weekend. East Budleigh have not had the best of times on the road in their first ever season of top flight football. They have lost at Clyst Valley, Hatherleigh and Topsham Town whilst their only success was a 2-1 victory at Willand Rovers Reserves.

Dan Norman, who missed the cup tie in South Devon with a back injury, remains a doubt for the game with the Tops.

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