Season goes awry for Feniton and Beer

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:26 15 June 2010

P1518-18-09TI Offwell v Otterton.
photo Terry Ife

P1518-18-09TI Offwell v Otterton. photo Terry Ife

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The last rites of Beer Albion s stay in the Premier Division are being heard.

The last rites of Beer Albion's stay in the Premier Division are being heard and their penultimate top flight game ended in a 6-0 defeat at Hatherleigh. The North Devon side have put together a storming finish to the season and seem unlikely to be making the drop to Senior One with the Fishermen who will probably be amongst the favourites to bounce straight back at the first time of asking when it all starts again in four months time.Feniton picked up the three points that they have been seeking to put an end to the talk of them being dragged into the relegation mix. It seemed unthinkable, at the turn of the year, that the Blues might be looking for points to preserve their Premier status, but a miserable run has seen them plummet down the table. A 2-1 win at Heavitree Social United leaves them seventh but in mathematical terms that is still only six points from the relegation mark!In Senior One the brave battle by Upottery to avoid an immediate return to Senior Two was hit by a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Broadclyst Social Club - but there remains time for the villagers to complete a remarkable escape bid, boosted by Monday night's 4-2 win over Cullompton Rangers.Seaton Town showed just what might have been this term with their side as they were only narrowly beaten at Willand Rovers. Just a single goal was enough for the Western League Club's Reserve team to bank the points and they will be playing in the Premier Division next season. If Town can keep their current side together, and add a couple of others in the summer, then they might well finally realise their dream of bringing top flight local league football to Colyford Road in the 2010/11 season.In Senior Two, Honiton Town complete their league campaign at Mountbatten Park tonight (Wednesday) with a visit from Beacon Knights. A point will see Town finish above Exeter Civil Service who currently sit eighth in the table.East Devon continues to have two of its sides very much in the thick of the race to climb out Senior Three with both Axminster Town Reserves and Colyton claiming significant victories in their respective bids to win promotion and this section looks to be one of the hardest of any to call as the campaign draws to a close.The Tigers have three to play, including what looks the crunch game on Monday, May 4, when they travel to Uplowman Athletic and, with Uplowman also still to meet Witheridge, it means that if Axminster can win on Bank Holiday Monday in Mid Devon, and also claim maximum points from a trip to Kentisbeare and a visit to Lapford, then they will be guaranteed a top three finish. Witheridge have back-to-back games with Sandford to negotiate, as well as home meetings with Pinhoe and Bampton on top of that crunch game at Uplowman.Colyton can only win their remaining games and then hope that the sides above draw games when they meet each other. Colyton go to Clyst Valley and Bampton and then host South Zeal and Clyst Valley.Axminster Town beat Pinhoe 3-1, thanks to goals from Michael Beer, Matt Ellis and Andy Hurford.Colyton were a goal down after totally bossing the first 45 minutes of their game at Sandford and had not broken through for the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Then a huge dollop of lady luck arrived as a fortunate bounce in the penalty area allowed Richard Tratt the chance to level. Five minutes later, the comeback was completed when Tratt, with his back to goal, controlled the ball with his right foot before lashing it home with his left. Paul Millman's late shot was deflected into the net off the knee of teenage hitman Callum Somers and Colyton had the game won at 3-1. Boss Keith Somers said: "We made hard work of it but, come the end, I thought we deserved the win. It's getting mighty tight now and all we can do is win each of our remaining games. I still harbour hope that even a fourth placed finish might obtain the promotion we so desperately seek."In Senior Four, Offwell Rangers were on the end of a severe beating as they went down 8-2 at promotion-chasing Oakwood.To be fair to Rangers, the score line did flatter the home side who were ahead within 15 seconds and three up inside the opening 10 minutes!Then Rangers got a toe hold in the game and were actually the better side for the remainder of the first half. They hit the woodwork half a dozen times before the break and were also denied no fewer than four times by the host's keeper when players broke clear.Oakwood added a fourth just before the break but, within five minutes of the re-start, Rangers had twice rattled the crossbar before the home side scored a fifth.Karl Allen slotted a penalty home, but three more came from the home team before a late second consolation for Rangers' from Ollie Cramer.Ranger's boss, Nick Ogden, said: "We were caught cold early doors, but I cannot fault, to a player, any of the side who kept going to the end of the contest. As daft as it sounds, on chances and possession of the ball, we deserved a draw."Dunkeswell Rovers fared little better than Offwell as they went down 7-1 at title-chasing Phoenix.Feniton Reserves saw their bid to jump out of Intermediate football hit by a draw at second bottom Culm United. Had the Blues claimed all three points they would have sealed a top three finish and, with it, a place in senior football next season. However, the game ended 1-1 and that means that, should Cullompton Rangers 3rds defeat Exmouth Town at Speeds Meadow on Saturday, then Rangers will be assured of that place and Feniton will be left to see if Hemyock can earn nine points from their remaining six games to deny the Blues a podium finish.Rockbeare Rangers recorded their second successive clean sheet when they beat Clyst Valley 3-0. George Robinson struck an upright before a Scott Jeff corner was headed home by Paul Chapman and this proved to be the only goal of the first half. It was not until the 75th minute that the advantage was doubled when another Jeff corner was headed home by Stefano Ferrari. Five minutes later the third and final goal was scored by Bryn Lister after some neat, creative play by Robinson.Colyton Reserves shared six goals with visiting Bradninch. A brace from Mark Potter and one from Chris Platts made up the home scores.

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