Seaton still on course

PUBLISHED: 14:26 11 January 2011

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Beer Albion Reserves’ Division Five game at University was abandoned with ten minutes to go after a horrific injury to Shaun Densham.

The right back slid into a challenge and came out of it with a torn underside of his chin that later required 16 stitches!

The Fishermens’ boss Ross Morton said: “It was an accident - one of those most unfortunate incidents that can happen in a contact sport.”

The impressive Callum Gribble, who put in a superb shift in the left hand berth for the Fishermen, opened the scoring, but the students were level within 10 minutes. Next up for Morton and his men is a rearranged game at home to Whipton and Pinhoe on Saturday.

Seaton Town moved six points clear at the top of the Premier Division thanks to a 2-1 home win over Hatherleigh Town.

That win took Town to eight straight Colyford Road wins so far this glorious season!

A delighted boss Josh Stunell said: “I must give credit to Hatherleigh who really played very well and they justified my pre-match caution to the team to be wary of them.

“Their goalkeeper had an outstanding game. I’ve said it before but there is no such thing as a ‘gimme’ in this division and being fully focused in every game, no matter who the opposition, is so important.”

It was a masterful substitution by Stunell that changed the course of the game. After an even first half the game was heading towards a stalemate until, with 20 minutes to go, Jack Lamb-Wilson was summoned from the bench. The youngster went into central mid-field and immediately began to orchestrate things.

Lamb-Wilson got on the end of a sweet passing move to put Town ahead and then a screamer from Josh French doubled the advantage.

The visitors halved the deficit with five minutes to go and that did make for a nervy end to the contest for the Colyford Road faithful but Town, and their excellent glovesman, Dan Stapleton, stood firm.

Next up for Stunell’s men is Saturday’s visit to Heavitree Social United who they beat 5-3 at Colyford Road back on September 18.

Stunell says: “That game at our place counts for nothing next week, they (Heavitree Social United) are, like many of the Premier sides this season, quite capable of producing an excellent performance and we will need to be at our best.”

Alex Wheatley and Brad Groves, who both missed the Hatherleigh victory, return to the squad and that makes for a selection headache for Stunell who says: “That’s my job and I’d much rather have to ponder over who should be playing rather than be forced to pick from a bare squad. If we are to take this club to the heights we think we can then we need competition for places right across the pitch.”

Beer Albion maintained their season long unbeaten home record with a 0-0 draw against Sidmouth Town – that a result that leaves the Vikings eight points adrift of the table toppers.

Centre back Andrew Foster emerged from an engaging contest with flying colours and another to earn the praise from Fishermen boss Mark Ward was Luke Bartlett.

Ward said: “Luke (Bartlett) epitomised everything that is so good about his game. His non-stop effort made him a thorn in the Sidmouth defences’ side all game.

Andrew (Foster) was a colossus for us, especially during a 20 minute first half spell when Sidmouth played some really slick football and put us under extreme pressure.”

There is no game for Beer this coming weekend as the Fishermen are off on their annual trip to the European ski slopes. This year’s tour party of 20 are spending a long weekend in Austria and boss Mark Ward can’t wait, saying: “It’s become an annual trip and one that is great fun to be involved in. It’s my third time and I hope to show an even greater improvement on the slopes than the form I produced last year!”.

Feniton slumped to an eighth straight defeat, beaten 5-0 at Heavitree Social United Reserves. Typical of the Acland Park outfit’s luck this year there was precious little between the sides, certainly during the first half when just a single goal separated the teams.

However, a second goal shortly after the re-start saw one or two heads amongst the Blues team drop and the Exeter team finished with a nap hand of goals.

Blues’ boss Mark Kingdon said: “Roll on the cricket season! We are certainly in a struggle now to avoid slipping back a further division. It’s not all over yet though, and we have sufficient time to mount a recovery mission but it is going to need a concerted effort by all concerned to dig us out of this current predicament.”

Carl Wilson served up a typically battling central mid-field performance for the Blues whilst, despite the five goals being conceded, centre half Jonathan French was another to gain his manager’s post match praise.

There was no game for Honiton Town at the weekend and that leaves them heading into this weekends trip to East Budleigh sitting rock bottom of the Division One table having played a dozen games this term.

Saturday’s trip to East Budleigh marks the half-way stage of the Town season. They will pitch up at Vicarage Road with a whopping 25 points between themselves and the home side. All is most certainly not lost for Town, who are still just six points shy of the side sitting fourth from bottom, Feniton who they meet at the end of the month.

Colyton were unable to build on their Bank Holiday Monday 2-0 success over Axminster Town where goals from Richard Tratt and Nick Pritchard sealed the points.

This weekend, Colyton travel to Uplowman and they will be looking forward to their next home game. The last time that Colyton enjoyed home comforts was back on November 6 when Clyst Valley were the visitors - they lost that day so the last time that Colyton celebrated a home league victory was the October 30 single goal success over Sidmouth Town Reserves.

There were just two games played in Division Three which has seen only 13 games played in four match days since November.

That meant no action for either Offwell Rangers or Upottery. Both sides have played 11 of their 28 league games so far this campaign and sit in eighth and ninth places in the table. Both are scheduled to be in action this coming weekend with Upottery, who lost 3-2 at Lympstone last Monday afternoon, travelling to Topsham Town Reserves. Offwell Rangers, who were also in action last Monday, winning 7-1 against hapless Exmouth Amateurs, are at home to Winkleigh.

Seaton Town Reserves climbed into second place in the Division Four table after edging out hosts Kentisbeare by the odd goal in seven. Only Crediton United sit above them and they have a great chance to close the current five points gap between the sides this coming weekend when the pair meet in Mid Devon.

There was more frustration for Dunkeswell Rovers who were left kicking their heels. This weekend they are due to host Heavitree Social United Thirds and, if the game is played, the Dunks will be seeking to claim their first win of any kind in the league since a nap hand success over Cullompton Rangers on October 23.

Just a brace of games were played in Division Six meaning blank-days of the weather enforced variety for Awliscombe, Axmouth United and Honiton Town Reserves.

The Awls are in action this coming weekend when they go to Mid Devon to meet Cheriton Fitzpaine. Axmouth are also in Mid Devon when they go to Silverton and they have more reason than most to hope for improved weather as they have not played at home since an October 23 6-2 win over UAU!

Honiton Town’s second string are at home this weekend with the visit of Hatherleigh Town.


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