Honiton Town's league cimb continues
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:39 15 June 2010
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Feniton, playing for the first time with Sean Devine in the managerial hot seat following the resignation of Dave Carnall, served up a five star performance to welcome the new man at the helm.
Feniton, playing for the first time with Sean Devine in the managerial hot seat following the resignation of Dave Carnall, served up a five star performance to welcome the new man at the helm. Andrew Jones hit a hat-trick and there was also a brace from Jonathan French as the Blues put Hatherleigh to the sword at Acland Park to the tune of a 5-2 defeat. The new boss had a unique pre-match plan that involved a late night trip on the eve of the game to the Feniton Sports and Social Club. To his pleasure, he found none of his players - no doubt they were all tucked up in bed ready for the following day's game! Devine said: "I am still not totally convinced I'd like the job on a regular basis, we'll have to see how it goes over the next couple of games. The key for me to the job is delegating work out to others. Dave (former boss Dave Carnall) clearly reached the end of his tether in terms of what he saw as a lack of commitment and ambition to match his. He did a great job, but clearly tired of the endless, and thankless, work that a manager gets tucked up with. I'll do things my way and we'll see where it takes us."Next up for the new man is Saturday's trip to University and Devine says: "They will be the usual mix of energy and enterprise and we'll have to look to match them in all areas, but we are not a bad side and I'd like to think we will give a good account of ourselves up there."Beer Albion had no game scheduled last weekend but this coming Saturday they take on the one side to sit below them in the Premier Division table, Wellington. Meanwhile the current 'feel good' factor sweeping through the Fishermen's camp was underlined as the Reserves hammered UAU Exeter 6-1. Rex Kirby (2), Pedro Fontes, Lee Wakely, Justin Adkin and Paul Johns netted the Albion goals, leaving boss John Moughton to say: "I think we, as a club, may just be seeing signs that we are turning that corner. This was an excellent display full of confidence and it augers well for future games for the club."Seaton Town boss Mark Watkins is going back to basics as he seeks to get his new side 'back on track'. A defeat by the odd goal in three at Halwill was Town's fourth reversal in their first six league outings and leaves them nearer the foot of the Senior One table rather than challenging for one of the three Premier berths. Watkins says: "I made a decision half way through the game on Saturday to take us back to the very basics and as such we will bin the concept of playing with five at the back and deploying wing backs to bomb on. Instead we'll go with the tried and trusted 4/4/2 and concentrate now on winning games of football rather than hoping for a longer term fix to arrive earlier than expected. I still believe there is enough about us and indeed sufficient football left in the season for us to mount a charge. A couple of wins will get us going." Richard Durrant scored the Town goal at Halwill, his first for the club, but the home side scored one of their own in each half to take the points, despite Dave Perham making a number of excellent saves. Jack Lamb-Wilson was once again outstanding at left back for Town who are next due to travel to Upottery on Saturday afternoon -that is if the villagers' Glebe Park ground sees no more rain!Upottery were once again left without a game as the weather put paid to their hopes of Saturday action and they switched their Sunday East Devon Senior Cup tie with Otterton to the Otters' ground with Glebe Park once again unfit for action. Despite scoring as early as the third minute through Mark Reed, Upottery were pegged back just before half time and behind just after the restart. Stuart Coombe restored parity before a scrambled goal from the Premier Division hosts saw them into a 3-2 lead before two late strikes saw Otterton win. Upottery boss Merv Sawyer said: "I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves, we had a few missing but the balance to that was that Otterton had a number of players who had played in the morning too." As for the fact that his side are suffering more than most in the league programme, Sawyer says: "It is a worry that the games to be rearranged are mounting up, but we can do nothing about it and simply have to make the best of what we have." Honiton Town manager Richard Ayres was delighted with his side as they won again to move up to fourth in the Senior Two table. What's more Town were victorious from a half time deficit at Beacon Knights where the Exeter side led 1-0 at the break before a superb second half display was rewarded with goals from Tim Genders and Robin Hunter. The home side had used their slope to great effect to go in 1-0 up at the break but, during the interval, Ayres got amongst his players to champion the fact that they would have the slope and the elements to their advantage and if they could increase the tempo a notch or two then the game was theirs to be won. The side produced a fabulous second half show with right back Ben Welch, centre half Darren Witt and central midfielder Ben Price all serving up outstanding individual performances to seal a 2-1 win. Genders was summoned from the bench with 20 minutes remaining and within four minutes had equalised and it was Robin Hunter who scored a deserved winning goal five minutes from time. Next up for Ayres and his men is a Bill Slee Cup tie on Saturday against Heavitree Social United. The Town boss says: "It's a cup we can win and I am hoping the players can take this good league form into the knockout competition." Sam Farmer is missing through holiday, otherwise Town are unchanged for the clash at Mountbatten Park.Colyton completed a quick fire double over Axminster Town Reserves to complete this season's 'derby matches'. Manager Keith Somers says: "To have taken nine of the 12 'derby' points available this term is very pleasing. I thought we were a tad fortunate in this one but Tigers' boss Kevin Turner was magnanimous in defeat and he said we deserved it. One thing is for sure it was a wonderful game of football contested in a superb spirit - and well controlled by an excellent match referee."It was Callum Somers who opened the scoring, knocking the ball past the impressive Bret Garner in the Tigers' goal. The home side were level with a goal of 'Walt Disney' proportions as Colyton's stopper and central defender somehow contrived to 'score' an own goal to even things up but, with three minutes to go, Richard Tratt netted what proved to be the decisive, and winning, goal. Ed Busby made an impressive first start on the left of the Colyton midfield, becoming the fifth of last year's under-16 side to step up into the senior first team, and Gary Larcombe produced an excellent shift in the winners' midfield when summoned from the bench in the second half.Offwell Rangers won a third successive game on the road with an excellent performance that saw the lead change hands three times. Lewis Couch fired Rangers ahead only for hosts Newtown to level, and then take the lead themselves. The comeback was started when Karl Allen netted the first of a second half brace and Liam Spiller sealed a 4-2 win with the game's final score. Paul Dudley and Alex McCreadie were named 'men of the match'. Rangers' boss Nick Ogden said: "We can, have done, and will again, play a lot better than this but for me the effort and battling qualities were superb. Hard work does indeed bring just rewards and that is what my team got in this particular contest.