Seaton Town march on with six of the best at Hatherleigh

PUBLISHED: 13:32 06 April 2011

SEATON Town moved seven points clear at the top of the Fresha Devon and Exeter top flight table with a 6-1 victory at Hatherleigh.

Doubles from Ben Ede and Alex Wheatley and one apiece from Ritchie Durrant and Dan Norman saw Josh Stunell’s side to their seventeenth win of the season and, with eight games to play, their first ever top flight title is very much theirs for the taking.

Indeed in what is now a two-horse race between them and Sidmouth Town for the title, Town will play twice more before Sidmouth next take to the pitch and so, victories over Beer at home on Saturday and at home four days later to Clyst Valley, and Town will sit a whopping thirteen points clear of their East Devon rivals who will, of course, have four games in hand, but points in the bag are always preferred as the Town boss alluded to saying: “The next two games are simply massive. If we can win them both and that’s not going to be easy, then we will have a big lead and yes, Sidmouth, a very good side in their own right, will be able to get to within a point of us, but, to do so, they’d have to win all four of those games in hand.”

The game at Hatherleigh was not one of Town’s best. Stunell said: “At half time we had the game won with a 3-0 lead and had been very slick in the first period but I think there was an element of taking our foot off the gas after the break. But it is very hard to be critical of your team after they have just won a game 6-1!”

Next up for Town is an East Devon derby with Beer Albion of which Stunell says: “When we played up there, Forcefield had a near 500 crowd and the game at our place last year attracted a 300 plus crowd so we are anticipating another big turn out on Saturday and that cranks up the pressure and cerates a fabulous atmosphere. But it has long been a contention of mine that if my team are indeed going to go on and play, collectively or individually, at a higher level, then they should be champing at the bit to be involved in games such as Town versus beer in front of a big Colyford Road crowd.”

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