Jail Ale headache for beaten Seaton

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 00:41 16 June 2010

There was Jail Ale Devon Senior Cup heartache for Seaton Town who were knocked out by Dawlish, who ply their trade a couple of divisions below them in the Devon and Exeter League, writes Stephen Birley.

There was Jail Ale Devon Senior Cup heartache for Seaton Town who were knocked out by Dawlish, who ply their trade a couple of divisions below them in the Devon and Exeter League, writes Stephen Birley.

What made the defeat all the more painful was that it was also the first time that they had lost any game under the management of Josh Stunnell, who took charge last Spring!

Second half goals from Josh French and Brad Groves turned the game on its head after Dawlish had led 2-0 at the break but the South Devon were not to be denied their moment and won it in extra time.

Town head into this weekends game at home to Beacon Knights looking to maintain their 100 per cent start to the league campaign.

There was no action for Feniton with their top flight game at Otterton being postponed. This weekend the Blues entertain the reigning champions, St Martin's.

In Division Two the East Devon derby honours went to Honiton Town who beat Upottery 2-0 thanks to a brace from Sam Farmer.

Town have been beaten just the once in their league campaign this term so far and are up to 7th, sitting just eight points off the leaders. This weekend Town host Axminster Town Reserves whilst for win-less Upottery take on Tipton St John at home.

In Division Three Colyton are within three points of the leadership. Playing their first game for five weeks, they showed few signs of rustiness, banking the points from a 4-3 win at South Zeal United.

An own goal and a good finish by James Richards saw Colyton 2-1 up at the break. The surface was pudding-like and the small pitch, was not conducive to Colyton's preferred passing game so it was a battling performance that boss Keith Somers required and he certainly got that after the break.

Callum Somers and the side's star man Marc Potter, increased the advantage to 4-1 before a couple of sloppy goals gave the final score a somewhat unbalanced look of 4-3 in favour of the visitors.

Colyton boss Somers said: "The score line suggests a close game but, in reality, we should have won by a cricket score. With the exception of Marc (Potter), this was most certainly a below- par performance."

In Division Four there was a disappointing single goal defeat for Offwell rangers at Newtown. It was only a 2nd win of the campaign for the Exeter side and just the third league defeat for Rangers who are at St Martin's on Saturday afternoon. A note of caution though - Newtown were in the bottom three and so too are St Martin's.

In Division Five, Feniton Reserves doubled their success account for the season with a 4-2 win over Westexe Reserves. The Blues will seek a third straight win at Acland Park this coming Saturday when they receive a visit from Colaton Raleigh.

In the same section Dunkeswell were thumped 4-0 at Hemyock. The Dunks are propping everybody else up in the table with just a solitary point from eight starts to date. It doesn't get any easier next time out for Rod Hill's side for they travel on Saturday to face table topping Wellington.

Axmouth's Division six game was one of a few postponed, they go to Cheriton this weekend.

If it's currently doom and gloom at Axmouth it's the very opposite at Awliscombe who remain unbeaten six games into their Division Six campaign. The Awls have five wins and a draw to date and have conceded just six goals. A win at Alphington this coming weekend will strengthen their already very genuine title credentials.

Sitting just below the Awls are Beer Reserves who have charged up the table in recent weeks. Their 3-1 win at UAU Exeter was a fourth successive victory and, given that they won just one of their first five, represents real progress for the Fishermen.

In Division Eight, Offwell Rangers Reserves shared eight goals with hosts Cheriton Fitzpaine. On Saturday, the Rangers' second string entertain Morchard Bishop.

Colyton's second string went down 3-1 to Lapford and they meet the same opposition this coming weekend with the return in Mid Devon.

There was basement Division delight for Feniton 3rds after they beat Hemyock Reserves 4-2 and this coming weekend the Blues make the long trek to Mid Devon to meet Winkleigh. Seaton Town 3rds, who saw their game postponed on Saturday are this weekend engaged in a local derby at Tipton St John.


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