Seaton move closer to Premier

PUBLISHED: 09:43 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:01 16 June 2010

IN THE PINK: Axmouth on the way to beating Ottery Res.

IN THE PINK: Axmouth on the way to beating Ottery Res.

FENITON gave their bid to beat the Premier Division drop a real boost thanks to a second half goal from Ben Allen that earned the Blues all three points at Heavitree Social United.

FENITON gave their bid to beat the Premier Division drop a real boost thanks to a second half goal from Ben Allen that earned the Blues all three points at Heavitree Social United.

The win takes the Acland Park men to within four points of the safety zone and that place, fourth from bottom, is currently occupied by their next opponents, Alphington.

The Exeter side sit four points clear of Feniton, having played a game more and so Saturday success at the Alphas and the Blues will feel much happier about their prospects of finishing outside the relegation zone.

Seaton Town are looking more and more likely of becoming a top flight side themselves next season. A 2-0 win at East Budleigh on Saturday takes them a dozen points clear of second placed Cullompton Rangers. Perhaps, more importantly, with three teams being promoted to the top flight, Town now sit a full 15 points clear of the fourth placed side.

The game at Budleigh was spoilt by a very uneven surface which left Town unable to play their usual crisp, passing game. With no score at half-time, Town boss Josh Stunell changed the system to move to a 4/4/2 with Dan Norman and Miles Alphonso tasked with getting down the flanks and behind the home side. The switch paid dividends as Alphonso, in particular, put in a superb shift.

A Ben Ede cross was headed home by Cameron Vere to break the deadlock on the hour and this was the signal for Town to relax and take complete charge.

It was no surprise when Vere set up Ede to rifle a shot from 20 yards past the Budleigh keeper. Such was the second half Town dominance that keeper Dan Stapleton was relatively under-employed. A delighted Stunell said: "We deserved it and the most pleasing aspect was that we were able to change our system and earn the points. The long ball game is not our preferred style, but, on the day, it worked."

Next up for Town is Saturday's visit of struggling Elmore but Stunell will not allow any form of complacency to creep in saying: "Yes, we have a healthy lead and yes, next up are a side, according to the table, who are struggling. What we need to do is stay very focused and, if we keep winning, that will take us where we want to be come May."

Sunday action too for Town as they take on East Budleigh for the third time this term when the sides meet in the 1st round of the Seaton Challenge Cup. Stunell says: "I may well use the game to try some of the even younger players."

In Division Two there were mixed fortunes for Honiton Town and Upottery. Town were 1-0 winners at Axminster Town reserves - the same side which had beaten them a week before in Honiton! After that meeting Town boss Nigel Doe had suggested that the Tigers might not be successful in the next meeting and how right he was!

The game was certainly no more than average fare before the break but a half time 'call to arms' from Doe saw a much improved Town and they deservedly banked all three points thanks to Tim Genders' 80th minute goal.

Doe said: "As I thought, Axminster were much changed from the previous week. We were poor in the first half but, when we got it down and played after the break, we looked a tidy outfit. It was important to win. I'll have no mention of the 'p' word (promotion). Instead I prefer to see just how far we can get game by game and win by win. If. At the end of the season, the wins column represents a higher level next term then so be it."

On Saturday, Town host a Newtown side who were 5-1 winners over North Tawton at the weekend. Doe says: "That score suggest Newtown is in good form. We won at their place earlier in the season and more of the same on Saturday will further enhance our prospects."

Upottery went down by the odd goal in three at home to Exeter Civil Service. Upottery were only able to field a bare 11 for the game and score their goal via Dave Isaac.

Boss Merv Sawyer said: "It was an even contest, with precious little between the sides. Our undoing was not being able to keep hold of the ball up front for too long."

It certainly does not get any easier for the villagers as they battle to beat the drop. This Saturday they play host to high flying Witheridge. Dan Taylor, who missed the Civil Service game with a back injury sustained at work, is a doubt but certainly back are Mark Tucker and Keith Lane who also missed the Civil game.

The Colyton Division Three promotion band wagon continues to roll ever onwards. Their latest success was a nap hand dealt to hosts Kentisbeare. The Mid Devon side put up a good fight for the first half hour but, once Callum Somers had struck the sweetest of free-kicks in to the home net, the die was cast. Michael Cullum's cross from the left wing was tucked away at the near post by James Tucker to double the lead and it was 3-0 just before the break when a corner was only half cleared and full back Jimmy Richards spanked the loose ball home.

In the second half it was skipper Paul Millman's moment as he scored twice and that takes the defender to five for the season - already four more than he managed in the whole of the last campaign! C

Colyton boss Keith Somers said: "It was a good, solid performance. Kentisbeare put up a good battle in the early stages, but we were well worthy of the win. Now we have a massive task ahead of us against Royal Marines AFC. If we are to go on and make this a special season, then we need to beat them at home this coming weekend."

Mike Gould takes a break from his rugby playing commitments this weekend to play against the Royal Marines.

In Division Four, Offwell Rangers had an afternoon off, they return to action this weekend at Crediton United. Seaton Town's second string did play; they went down 2-0 at home to Countess Wear Dynamoes and this weekend travel to Newton St Cyres.

In Division Five Feniton Reserves were edged out by the odd goal in three at Sampford Peverell. On Saturday they travel to Exmouth Amateurs. Dunkeswell Rovers slipped ever nearer another relegation when they went down 4-0 ay Thorverton. On Saturday they face more Mid Devon opposition when they entertain Broadclyst.

In Division Six there was a fine 4-0 win for Axmouth United at Ottery St Mary. This weekend United travel into Exeter to meet Heavitree Social United.

No joy for Awliscombe as they slipped up again, beaten 3-1 at Alphington. The Awls have home advantage this weekend with the visit of Exmouth Town.

In Division Seven there was a rare blank day at Honiton Town Reserves where they played out a stalemate with Culm United. On Saturday Town's second string travel to Dawlish Town.

In Division Nine Colyton reserves won 2-1 at home to Tipton St John, this weekend they travel to Otterton Reserves. Feniton Thirds went down 4-0 at Countess Wear Dynamoes, this Saturday they make the short trip to Tipton St John and Seaton Town Thirds, beaten 2-0 at Hemyock on Saturday, entertain Cheriton Fitzpaine.


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