Penalty shoot out joy as Seaton's youngsters beat Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:53 16 June 2010

Honiton Town (red strip) beat Exmouth Ammies 3-0.

Honiton Town (red strip) beat Exmouth Ammies 3-0.

SEATON Town used three goal keepers in their thrilling East Devon Senior Cup win that saw them put Sidmouth Town out of the competition.

SEATON Town used three goal keepers in their thrilling East Devon Senior Cup win that saw them put Sidmouth Town out of the competition.

With regular glovesman Dan Stapleton unavailable owing to a coaching course, Dave Perham was promoted from the Reserves but he needed replacing at half time owing to injury.

Brother Mark swapped central defending for goalkeeping and then, just before the end of extra time, Town boss Josh Stunell delivered his master-stoke, putting Josh French between the posts and it was the teenager who was to prove the match winner with a superb penalty save in a dramatic shoot-out after the sides shared four goals following 120 minutes of pulsating action.

Stunell explained the extra-time switch saying: "In training Josh (French) has shown himself to be a real ace when it comes to keeping out penalties and it was just something I felt we needed to try as the lads had put so much in to the game that I needed to give them the very best chance of a shoot-out win."

Top flight Sidmouth Town were forced to play second fiddle to Seaton for much of the game and were probably fortunate to find themselves still in the competition before the shoot-out. Bradley Groves had scored both Town goals and, when it came to the penalties, Mark Perham, Cameron Vere, Josh French, Jack Lamb-Wilson and Ritchie Durrant all netted for Town whilst French guessed correctly to keep out one of the Vikings' efforts for Town to bank a semi-final berth.

Next up for Stunell is a return to league action and a home game with a Halwill side they beat 3-1 on the opening day of the season.

The Town boss says: "I'll be cautioning the boys against complacency but this is a really honest set of lads and I am sure they will disregard any previous results to get the job done. The league remains our number one priority this term."

If it was smiles all round at Seaton Town there was certainly an air of jubilation also at Upottery where the visitors banked a richly deserved point from a 1-1 draw at University. The point takes Merv Sawyer's battlers out of the Division Two bottom two and their next target is to escape the bottom three. Westexe Rovers sit immediately above Upottery, seven points better off, having played three more games,

Dan Taylor fired Upottery ahead and it was a move fittingly started by central defender Stuart Coombes, who delivered an outstanding afternoon's work for his side.

The University stepped up a couple of gears after the break but were restricted to the odd sight of goal thanks to the Coombes-led defence. Midway through the second half the students did find an equaliser but that proved to be the final score of the game. This weekend Upottery host a Dawlish Town side who beat them 3-0 when the sides met at Sandy Lane in early November.

Feniton's defensive frailties were once again evident as they shipped five at Premier table-topping Thorverton. The Blues did score two of their own through John Phillips and Rob Pfeiffer but will probably be glad that they will not meet the Thors again this season after the Mid Devon side put nine past them in the Acland Park meeting in December!

It's a sorry tale of 22 goals conceded in the last half dozen outings for the Blues, who, with 13 games to play, are now in grave danger of losing their top flight status. On Saturday they travel to Willand Rovers.

Honiton Town extended their unbeaten Division Two run to six and kept a third Mountbatten Park clean sheet of the campaign with a 3-0 victory over Exmouth Amateurs thanks to goals from Charles Lane, Stuart Mackay and Sam Farmer.

Town, who remain very much a part of the promotion picture sitting seventh, having played fewer games than anybody else in the section. This weekend Richard Ayres' side travel into Exeter to meet Newtown where a win would go some way to further closing the current nine point gap between Town and a promotion berth.

Colyton and Witheridge finally met for their Bill Slee cup tie, this after nine previous postponements. The Division leaders can field a powerful side as they are the Reserves of a South West Peninsula League Premier Division team whilst Colyton are real a village side. Colyton started brightly and would have been ahead but for a goal line clearance which denied James Tucker. Midway through the first half, Withy scored when a deep cross was touched in from close range but, within minutes, a sweet move ended with Rich Trant heading an equaliser.

In the second half it was finely poised until Colyton's hopes were hit by centre back Wayne Waddon sustaining a dead leg and, with just two minutes of time remaining, Witheridge found a winner that first hit the bar before bouncing down and into the net.

Visiting manager Mark Vellacot agreed with the choice of Man of the Match, the award sponsored by Vanier Ltd, and presented by Rob Collier, which went to the outstanding Kris Reid.

Paul Millman was another to dish up a superb individual performance. Colyton boss Keith Somers said: "I was really delighted with the effort the lads put in and it was music to my ears post match when the opposition manager suggested that he was glad they did not have to play us every week!"

This Saturday, Colyton resume their Division Three promotion bid with a game at Pinhoe who, like Colyton, have played just nine League games to date, and sit immediately below them in the table, a point worse off in 5th spot.

Offwell Rangers gave their Division Four promotion bid a real boost with a 3-1 win over Seaton Town reserves and they have now opened up a five point lead over the Colyford Road outfit.

After a sluggish opening quarter of an hour, Rangers suddenly found some momentum. Andy Lord scored to take them into the break with a slight advantage but that was extended with second half goals from James Dingle and Jordan Stickland before a late consolation for Town from the penalty spot.

Rangers' boss Nick Ogden said: "We knew they would be a tough opponent but the whole team, from front to back, gave what was asked of them and I'm very proud of them." Lewis Couch was Man of the Match, closely followed by Andy Lord. This weekend Ogden is looking to his side to show their resolve with what looks, on paper, like another tough assignment, at Okehampton.

Dunkeswell Rovers slipped to their tenth defeat in 11 Division Five outings with a 7-1 mauling at the hands of Bickleigh in the only game played in the section.

Next up for the Dunks is Saturday's trip to mid-table Colaton Raleigh who beat them at Dunkeswell 5-2 on the opening day of the season back in September.

Feniton Reserves moved into the last four of the Football Express Cup with a 3-1 Acland Park win over Exmouth Town Reserves. On Saturday Feniton return to Division Five action with a home game against Wellington.

No joy for Honiton Town Reserves as they exited the Geary Cup, beaten 6-0 in a quarter final tie at Rockbeare Rangers. This coming weekend Honiton meet the same opposition, but this time, rather than the prize being a semi-final cup berth, it will be for Division Seven points.

Beer Albion Reserves were without a game as their Division Six match at AFC Sidford fell to a waterlogged pitch. This weekend the Fishermen travel to Mid Devon to meet Cheriton Fitzpaine.

Albion's First team had no game and were given a boost in terms of their bid to return to the Premier Division with a 2-1 defeat for promotion rivals Sidbury at Bow AAC. On Saturday the Fishermen's 1st team have home advantage for a meeting with University.

Feniton Thirds beat Otterton Reserves 6-3 to stay fourth in Division Nine. On Saturday, they host Lapford who will arrive at Acland Park sitting immediately below the Blues in the table.

In the same section Colyton Reserves and Offwell Rangers Reserves both had games postponed. This weekend Colyton entertain Seaton Town Thirds and Rangers Res are home to Tedburn St Mary.

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