Last gasp goal secures points for Seaton FC
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010
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FENITON once again slipped to defeat at the hands of Topsham Town who, in recent seasons, have carried something of an Indian sign over the Acland Park outfit, writes Stephen Birley/
FENITON once again slipped to defeat at the hands of Topsham Town who, in recent seasons, have carried something of an Indian sign over the Acland Park outfit.The Blues went down by the odd goal in five and that's three single goal margin defeats at the hands of the Tops this term, matching the number of losses to them last season! Dave O'Connor and Eliot Dyer scored the Blues' goals. Next up for Sean Devine's side is a trip to Exmouth Amateurs who suffered only their second defeat of the league season last Saturday when beaten by Clyst Valley. Beer Albion struck first in their game against Otterton before falling to a 3-1 defeat. Next for Phil Crabb's side is a visit from Hatherleigh Town who will arrive at Furzebrake as the only side to sit below the Fishermen in the Premier Division. The North Devon side raced into a two goal lead against title chasing St Martin's last weekend only to ultimately lose the game 8-2.Seaton Town scored a last minute winner to bring all three points home from a trip to East Budleigh but it was no more than another fine display deserved.Town were caught cold at the start of the game and fell behind in the fifth minute but were level shortly after when Jack Lamb-Wilson was sent sprawling in the area and Josh French dispatched the spot kick.The hosts had a penalty of their own on 14 minutes after Ollie Morgan upended a Jays' player in the box but, on the half hour, parity was restored when French pounced on the loose ball following a well struck Ben Ede free kick that the home keeper couldn't keep hold of.As the clock ticked down the Town dugout had settled for what was, on the face of it, a fabulous share of the spoils, but it ended better than that when, in the 90th minute George Moore's through ball released Matt Rowson and he netted from a narrow angle to seal a 3-2 victory.Town boss Mark Watkins said: "That was a brilliant all-round effort, the lads played with a right royal level of confidence and in the second half we bossed the proceedings. They (East Budleigh) have a fabulous top two and it's testimony to our resolute defence that we came away with all three points."Whilst Watkins would not entertain such thoughts it is a fact that Town are now in a position to be considered genuine promotion contenders.Given that none of the Senior One leading sides is pulling clear away, it looks like being one of those campaigns that will offer hope of promotion to sides currently sitting below half way. As things stand, Town are now just six points off the side currently in second place, University.With a visit from struggling Cullompton Rangers Reserves on Saturday afternoon it's clear that another victory against the Mid Devon side will catapult Watkins' side back into the promotion picture. Watkins says: "On a game-by-game by basis we need to focus but there is no denying that, if we can bank four wins in the next five games, then we will be very much a part of things at the right end of the table."Honiton fell to a ninth defeat in 15 Senior Two games when beaten by the odd goal in five at table topping North Tawton. Tim Gender fired Town level after the hosts had opened the scoring and then, after Morchard Bishop grabbed the lead, Town were denied a chance at a second equaliser when a Ben Price blast was stopped in its tracks by a home defender with his hands in front of his face. Vociferous appeals for a penalty were turned away and, shortly after, the home side took a 3-1 lead.Robin Hunter scored to set up a frantic finish and Town were unfortunate not to take something from the game. Boss Richard Ayres said: "The performance was outstanding. The lads got stuck in when they needed to and passed it when that was called for - all that was missing was something to show for their efforts."Steve Rampaul swapped his normal striking duties for an 80 minute cameo at left back. Ayres said: "He was exceptional, his pace was key in that he was able to get back and defend and yet also get forward when opportunities to do so allowed."Next up for Town is a trip to Civil Service, Ayre said: "If the lads apply themselves in Exeter as they did at Morchard Bishop then we will surely bring something back from the contest."In Intermediate One Beer Albion Reserves went down at home in a thrilling contest against Cullompton Rangers 3rds. There were five goals in the contest with the Mid Devon side taking the points. The East Devon derby at Mountbatten Park was saw Feniton Reserves go nap against hosts Honiton Town thanks to a brace from Johnny Philips and other goals by Trevor Anning, Phil Palfrey and an own goal to seal a 5-1 win. Awliscombe won 3-0 at UAU Exeter and in Intermediate Four Feniton 3rds were involved in an amazing game that produced a round dozen of goals as the Blues drew 6-6 with Lapford.l THE players at Upottery could be forgiven for packing up the game of football and taking up another sport - one that allows for a more regular outing following the cancellation of yet another of the clubs Devon & Exeter League Senior One Division matches on Saturday.With the notorious Glebe Park ground once again waterlogged it means that the village side have still to play their first game of 2009. What's more, with next weekend offering up the final Saturday of the first month of the year, it is a fact that Merv Sawyer's side have played a home game just once since October 18, and have not played at home since that November 22 game with Seaton Town, one they lost 3-2.A more alarming statistic is that, in 17 weeks, Upottery have played just two home league games!With just 13 Saturdays remaining between now and the start of May, Upottery still have 18 games to negotiate in their league programme and, as things stand, the league website currently shows them as needing to find new dates for four home games and three away outings.Factor in the small squad the village side operates with and it becomes a big logistical problem as to how to get all the remaining matches played.Axmouth United are another side who have yet to play a league game in 2009. The Senior Five promotion hopefuls have been inactive since the December 27th's 3-4 home defeat to Kentisbeare and they have played just two games since late November.United have 14 games to play, nine of which are at home and, if the weather allows this coming Saturday's game at Colaton Raleigh to be played, then that will see them finally complete the first half of their season, this with five months of the campaign played, and just three months remaining before thoughts turn to the cricket season.Another game to be hit by the weather was the Senior Three derby game at Sector Lane where Axminster Town were set to host Seaton Town. No action for Colyton as their Chantry Bridge home was another unfit for any action, apart possibly, from the noble art of mud wrestling! Keith Somers side are another who have yet to play a competitive game in 2009. They have played only twice since the end of November and indeed just one at home since earlier that month.Senior Three has been harder hit than most this season and, since the start of the year, just eight games have been played in the section. Colyton have a further 15 games to play to complete their league season, one that has the potential to be a promotion winning campaign.Next up for Somers' men is Saturday's home game with South Zeal, weather permitting.