Seaton fail to sparkle

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

Seaton Town have had a footballing festive week to forget!

Seaton Town have had a footballing festive week to forget! At the start of the Christmas programme Town were the only unbeaten side in Senior One and, despite leaders Budleigh pulling away from the rest, Mark Rooke's boys were well placed to claw back the Robins with games in hand. But back-to-back defeats in the space of a single week have seen Town plummet from a healthy second to sixth spot. They followed up the previous week's demise at Newtown to go down 1-0 to Otterton. But Rooke was very upbeat post match saying: "In terms of performance it was 100 per cent better than the previous week and I'd like to think that Otterton would concede that they did get a big slice of luck for their late winner - for my money a draw would have been a fair result." One huge plus for Rooke was the return to action of Jimmy Matthews who came on as a first half substitute for hamstring injury victim Steven Grigg. Rooke said: "Its typical of our rotten luck with injuries that as we welcome back Jimmy (Matthews) we lose Grigg."On Saturday, Town have the ideal opportunity to get their promotion bid firmly back on track when they make the trip to bottom placed, win-less Exmouth Amateurs but they look set to be without both Grigg and Simon Goryl, both with injuries.No Senior Two action for high flying Honiton Town or mid table Upottery, both are set to play this coming Saturday. Paul Sedgewick takes his promotion hopefuls to North Tawton while Merv Sawyer's villagers travel to Lympstone. Senior Three was badly hit by the weather on Saturday with just three games played, none of which involved local sides. The first matchday of the New Year sees Seaton Town Reserves and Colyton meet in an East Devon 'derby' whilst Motel Rangers & Offwell host Tipton St John. Dunkeswell Rovers managed to get a game in, they went down by the odd goal in seven in a thrilling contest with Axminster Town Reserves. Tigers' manager Kevin Turner conceded that the hosts probably deserved to take a share of the spoils and admitted that it was a great game of football. " We started so well and, given the fact that Dunkeswell are struggling, I really thought at 2-0 we'd go on and overpower them. But credit where it is most certainly due, they didn't give up and, had a last minute effort not stayed out, courtesy of the crossbar then they would have got a point their display deserved."Ritchie Emmet put the Tigers ahead and, when Joel Seward doubled the lead, it all looked plain sailing. But the hosts were back in the contest by half time thanks to a Dean Crabb goal. Further strikes from Seward and young Matty Preece - his a superb effort - put the Tigers 4-1 ahead before a last 15-minute rally from the Dunks, with a penalty from John Lewis and then an own goal setting up a tight finish. In the final minute a Darren Snell header struck the cross bar. The Dunks' boss Rod Hill said: "I felt we were unlucky. It was a great effort by my lot." On Saturday the Dunks travel to Chard Town whilst the Tigers second string are in Exeter at Topsham Town.In Intermediate One there was a magnificent performance - and result - from Station Road where Feniton Reserves ended the long unbeaten run of Countess Wear Dynamoes. The result was all the more remarkable because the Blues were at one stage two goals down and seemingly out of the contest, but they battled back and turned the game on its head thanks to a brace from John Lawler and one from John Phillips. The Lawler pair were both struck with venom from outside the area and Bryn Ebdon's side were full value for a fabulous victory. On Saturday Feniton travel to Cullompton Rangers 3rds. Axmouth United are also in action on Saturday, they take on Heavitree Harriers. In Intermediate Two just one game survived the rains. This weekend Awliscombe host Exmouth Amateurs, Beer Albion Reserves meet Axminster Town 3rds, Honiton's second team take on North Tawton and Rockbeare Rangers host Hemyock.Colyton Reserves went down 5-1 at Langdon, they meet Clyst Valley this weekend in an Intermediate Three game whilst in the basement Division Motel Rangers & Offwell travel to Bampton and Feniton 3rds entertain Seaton Town 3rds. The latter had a wonderful win on Saturday, beating visiting Bradninch in a game that produced 10 goals, seven of which were scored by Town. Feniton 3rds couldn't quite make it a 'perfect day' for the club as they went down 4-2 at Amory. It was 0-0 at the break and the Blues' 3rd team manager, Bruce Knight, gave his side the lead only for the Tiverton team, with the advantage of a strong wind at their backs, to take a 4-1 lead.A late goal from 'star man' on the day, Jamie Doidge, completed the scoring. Teenage keeper Simon Vittles was another of the Feniton stars on the day with a string of fine saves.

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