Seaton can match anyone
PUBLISHED: 14:18 25 November 2010
SEATON Town produced a five star show as they defeated visiting Willand Rovers 5-2 and climbed back into a top two berth in the Premier League. Dan Norman bagged a brace and there were goals, too, for Ben Ede, Ollie Highett and a penalty from Robbie Fellingham.
Town boss Josh Stunell said: “The first half was as good as anything this set of players have ever produced, it really was that good!
“We were superb across the pitch and, had we been four or five up at the break I don’t think the opposition would have had any cause for complaint”.
Stunell continued: “Central to our play was the midfield trio of Alex Wheatley, Ben Ede and Charlie Cross with Alex, in particular, in inspired mood. On that sort of form there is surely not a team at this level to live with us, but, of course, we now need to show a serious level of consistency to repeat that sort of level of play.”
Ollie Highett was another to earn his manager’s praises and Highett will again be on duty when Town travel to Clyst Valley on Saturday.
The Exeter side have been beaten just twice at home this term and each time only by the odd goal in three – the most recent reversal being last Saturday when they went down to Budleigh.
Beer Albion’s season just gets better and better, with further evidence of their renewed confidence being the 3-3 draw they had with top three Newtown.
What’s more, the Fishermen’s dressing room was more morgue-like post match with the players feeling they’d lost the game!
The reason for that was they had led 2-1 and 3-2 and probably had enough of the ball to win the game.
An Ollie Morgan double and one from John Cooper saw to the Fishermen’s goals and boss Mark Ward says: “It speaks volumes of how far this team has come this season that they regard a 3-3 draw with high-flying Newtown as disappointing! I’m not complaining though, for it tells me there’s a steely backbone to this side which craves to improve and I am very happy with that!”
Mark Rooke was in great form for Beer, making a number of top drawer saves.
Next up for Ward and his side is a trip into Somerset to meet Wellington who were beaten 3-0 by Newtown in their last home outings.
With James Melville limping out of the Newtown game with hamstring trouble, the likelihood is he will miss the trip to the Bootmen, but back comes Pedro Fontes who missed Saturday’s game through injury.
Feniton slipped to a sixth defeat in nine Division One outings and these are worrying times for all concerned at Acland Park.
The Blues were beaten 6-0 at home by Chagford in what was the first of five successive home games. It is likely to get even tougher for Feniton before some sort of respite comes their way for their next two engagements are against ‘beaten once’ Barnstaple Town and unbeaten table toppers Morchard Bishop.
After those two games, the Blues then meet basement dwellers Elmore twice and the team currently immediately above them in the table, Sidbury, so all is most certainly not yet lost at Acland Park.
There’s still plenty of fight left in Blues’ boss Mark Kingdon who says: “The Chagford game was typical of our current luck. We were two down at the break and bossed the first part of the second half before shipping a soft third and then our heads dropped.
“What we need is a win, any kind of win will do, one gained with a scuffed shot – anything, please and I am sure that would boost the spirits and lead to us kick-starting our season. Undoubtedly, we have a couple of tough games forthcoming but I look around our dressing room and I see sufficient quality to get us out of the mire.”
David Court’s wedding takes place next weekend so some of the squad will be missing at that..
No action for Honiton as their derby meeting with Tipton St John fell to a soggy pitch. Next up for Town is Saturday’s trip to University where even a point will be dramatic improvement in terms of away results, for Town have lost all six of their games away from Mountbatten Park this term.
There was an afternoon off also for Division Two Colyton who had to call off their home game with Royal Marines AFC Reserves owing to a waterlogged pitch.
This weekend Colyton travel to University where they will hope to do a little better defensively than on their previous three away games this term which have seen them ship three, four and five goals, respectively.
No Division Three action either for Offwell Rangers who lost their home game with top four outfit Topsham to a wet pitch. Next up for Rangers is another game with a top four side as they travel to Dawlish and, after five defeats in their previous five league outings, any sort of positive result will be a big boost for them.
Upottery completed a Division Three double over Exmouth Amateurs with a 2-0 win at Warrenview, Exmouth.
Dan Prettejohn’s upwardly mobile outfit claimed their fifth win in nine league outings and, the clean sheet means they continue to sport the meanest defence in the section, with just five goals shipped in their nine games so far.
After a goalless first half, it was Brad Spiller who broke the deadlock, finishing well on 54 minutes after good work from Mark Tucker.
The win was sealed in the 77th minute when a Bruce Leaman free-kick was headed back into the danger area by Tucker for Matthew Frost to apply the finish.
What made the victory all the more impressive was that the villagers went into the game without seven regulars. One of the players called in was keeper Jack Trevesthick, and he was fully deserving of the clean sheet he kept in only his second outing for the side. The star of the show though was Adam Crabbe who put in a polished shift on the left of the defence.
A delighted Prettejohn said: “Being without so many regulars might have been an issue, but it wasn’t and that is very much down to the way the whole team bonded and delivered. Confidence is very high right now and the games can’t come quick enough.” Next up for the villagers is Saturday’s home meeting with Crescent.
Beer Albion Reserves won a fourth successive match and, for the third game running, did so after conceding the first score of the contest!
After Dunkeswell Rovers had struck first, back powered the Fishermen to win through goals from Michael Westlake, Callum Gribble, Rob Adkin and Samuel Wyatt.
Adam Brewer was the star of the show, being inspirational in the middle of the Fishermen’s midfield.
Boss Ross Morton said: “We deserved that and I am seriously considering telling the lads before kick-off on Saturday that they are going out a goal behind as it seems we need to let one in before we take charge!”
This weekend, Beer entertain Sampford Peverell, who, if they beat them, they will join on 18 points in the top four of the Division Five table.
Both high flying Division Six pair Awliscombe and Axmouth United lost their respective matches to waterlogged pitches.
Both the Awls and United remain in the top four and both travel this coming weekend with Awliscombe heading for Chagford and United making the trip to Uplowman.
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