Seaton look lively in league
PUBLISHED: 13:48 02 December 2010
SEATON Town moved to within three points of the Premier Division summit with a 3-1 success at Clyst Valley.
What’s more, with table topping St Martin’s being held at University, Josh Stunell’s side now have three games in hand on the leaders!
Dan Norman, Alex Wheatley and Ben Ede were the scorers in another highly impressive Town display that left a delighted Stunell saying: “It was another very competent display but, as I keep saying, this is a very competent Town side this term.
“The key continues to be consistency of performance coupled with good old-fashioned hard work. If we keep our feet on the ground we can eventually reap just rewards for our efforts.”
Next up for Town, they entertain a Budleigh side who have already lost at St Martin’s, Newtown and Hatherleigh but picked up victories at University, and most recently, a fortnight ago, at Clyst Valley.
Beer Albion’s visit to Wellington was one of many called off owing to a frozen playing surface. Mark Ward’s upwardly mobile Fishermen are in Graddon Vending Premier Cup action on Saturday when South West Peninsula league, Western Division side Plymstock United come to Furzebrake.
The visitors are not having the best of seasons in their league campaign and currently sit in the lower half of the table and have been beaten in four of their eight away games so far, drawing two and losing two.
Had the Wellington game been played, both James Melville and Andrew Foster would have missed out through injury but they should both be okay for the Plymstock cup tie.
Ward says: “We know that, as a Peninsula League outfit, Plymstock will likely have real pace and we will need to be mindful of that.
“However, we have home advantage, have a good record at Furzebrake and our wonderful supporters can be a huge asset to us on days like this coming Saturday. We have nothing to lose and will give it a real go.”
There was no action either for Feniton who had their game with Barnstaple Town called off owing to a frozen Acland Park pitch.
With the Blues on a horrible run of six successive league defeats, stretching back to an early October draw with Honiton Town, it’s probably a blessing in disguise that Jack Frost saw an end to this game with Barum on an excellent run. Next up for Feniton is a home meeting with table-topping Morchard Bishop after which the Blues have games against sides around them at the foot of the Division One table. They play Elmore (twice) and Sidbury United, and they simply must win or they may well find themselves slipping even further down the pecking order in the Devon and Exeter League.
Honiton got a game in, but it was the same old story as they slipped to a 10th defeat in 11 Division One outings.
That said, a 2-0 defeat at high-flying University is no disgrace and there was plenty in the performance to give Town hope that their fortunes can still be turned round in the second half of the campaign.
This Saturday Town entertain a Witheridge side who have yet to concede a goal on their travels. Mind you they have only played two away league games to date with a 1-0 win at Sidbury and a 0-0 draw at Morchard Bishop – the only points the table topping Mid Devon side have dropped so far this term.
Colyton’s indifferent season continued with a 2-2 draw at University. The significant thing about the game was that this was the first time in 10 league outings that Colyton had drawn!
This Saturday, Colyton host hapless Axminster Town Reserves who were beaten 6-1 at Phoenix Club at the weekend, meaning the Tigers have now shipped 41 goals in their eight games to date and they remain the only side in the section yet to win a game this term.
Upottery’s back-room staff, led by chairman Mike Kellow, worked hard to sweep snow off the village pitch prior to the game with Division Three strugglers Crescent.
Sadly the efforts on the pitch before kick-off were not matched once the game got under way as the Exeter side, who had won just one previous outing this term, took the points with a 2-1 win, and that after Upottery scored first!
Bruce Leeman fired the hosts ahead after the Crescent keeper could only parry a smart shot from Catalan Pislaru. The villagers took their lead into the break but, in the second half, they served up a poor collective effort and the Exeter side took full advantage to claim the points.
A disappointed Upottery boss Dan Prettejohn said: “It was very poor and not what we wanted to see, especially after the effort put in the morning by the Chairman and others to get the pitch ready. Will I make changes for the next game? The players will have to wait and see but they are an honest bunch and they don’t need me to tell them how bad they were.”
The defeat ruined the side’s chances of possibly ending the day in second place.
Next they entertain third bottom Dawlish Town – another side that will arrive in Upottery having won just once this season!
Offwell Rangers, after having a tough week with the resignation of manager Nick Ogden , beat Dawlish Utd 3-0.
Andy Lord took over as manager and the players needed to dig deep to get a result.
Offwell limited Dawlish to one shot on target all game and deserved the win. Lord said: “Everyone played brilliantly and goals came from Jamie Doitch in the first half and Dan Edwards who sealed the win in the second half.”
“It’s hard to pick a Man of the Match but it goes to Jamie Doitch for his goal and effort for 90mins but nobody put a foot wrong and we showed the way we can play and should be playing every week and I’m sure this will kick start our season.”
Rangers will have their renewed confidence put to the test with a trip to Bampton.
Beer Albion Reserves entertained third-placed Sampford Peverell, beat them 3-0 and joined them in the top six of the Division Five table.
Sam Phillips tucked away a first half penalty and a strike from the outstanding Pete Salmon sent the Fishermen into the break 2-0 up.
Rob Adkin completed the scoring in the second half. Beer boss Ross Morton said: “It was a good performance and we took our goals very well.
“The midfield is looking really sharp and very organised right now and we are certainly going into game s with very real, and totally justified, confidence.”
There was no such joy for Dunkeswell who were spanked 8-1 at Whipton and Pinhoe.
The Dunks have now lost seven of their 11 league outings this term but they remain a full six points clear of the bottom three. Next up for them is Saturday’s home game against a Lords XI side who sit immediately below them in the table.
In Division Six Awliscombe had to settle for a point from their visit to Chagford who have been something of a bogey side to the Awls this term as they won the meeting in East Devon on November 6 and that remains the only league defeat of the season to date for the villagers.
This Saturday the Awls have a home game against second from bottom Bampton.
Axmouth United produced a five star show at Uplowman Athletic where they won 5-2 to continue their remarkable away record in the league this term. The win in Mid Devon was United’s fifth away victory in as many outings!
The hosts struck first after 15 minutes but parity was quickly restored when Charlie Clarke applied a neat finish. A sloppy clearance gifted the hosts the lead for the second time but once more the United response was immediate as Jamie Hughes scored with a shot from outside the area. Asa Sandman the struck to put United ahead for the first tie and send them into the break with a 3-2 lead.
Within three minutes of the re-start the lead was doubled when Clarke bagged his second of the game and the United nap hand was completed when Ashley Poynton rifled one home from the edge of the area.
The hosts responded and a superb save from Andrew Smart denied them a way back into the game. United boss Laurie Forino said: “We deserved that, especially in view of our all-round show after the break when we seized the initiative and then closed the game out very well.
“I was delighted with the debut of Glenn Gould, cut short by a knock to his knee but for me the star performance came from Charlie Sweetland who was outstanding throughout.”
This Saturday United host a Chagford side with just the one away win this term but they will need to be wary for the visitors’ only success on the road came on their last visit to East Devon when they won at Awliscombe!
Woodbury, who currently top the Division Five table, are looking for friendly matches as they try to give games to their extended squad.
The villagers are looking at running a second team next season and, as a build-up to that, are wanting to play Saturday or Sunday friendly games. Sides interested in a game are asked to contact Woods’ boss Adam Reid on 07827 910079.