Teenager Reece McCabe nets opening goal in big win for Seaton Town

PUBLISHED: 19:45 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:45 20 May 2018

Seaton away to Feniton. Ref mhsp 15 18TI 1013. Picture: Terry Ife

Seaton away to Feniton. Ref mhsp 15 18TI 1013. Picture: Terry Ife

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Seaton Town produced a stunning performance in what might yet be their penultimate outing in the Macron Devon and Exeter league Premier Division for at least the next season, when they won 10-0 at Okehampton on a sun-kissed third Saturday of May.

To be fair to the home side, they were under-strength, but, to use the well oiled sporting adage; ‘you can only beat what is put before you’, Town made a flying start and struck early with a goal scored by 16-year-old Reece McCabe, who was making only his second ever appearance for the side.

Once ahead, Town dominated and further goals came at regular internals with Seth Wakely finding the net four times and Pete Knox bagged a brace.

The other goals came from Charlie Ledger, Lewis Cottam and Kyle Gould.

Player-boss Josh French, who is stepping aside at the end of the current campaign, said: “It was something of a godsend that they [Okehampton] were nowhere near their usual full strength.

“That said, it opened the door for us to put on a show and we did just that. The most pleasing thing from my point of view is that we proved again that, when we have a full squad, we are callable of so much better than a relegation avoidance scrap!”

As for the actual performance, French said: “We played some great football and our final pass was spot on nine times out of 10 to create a goal scoring opportunity.”

Town still have work to do to avoid a bottom two finish which might still send them down to Division One.

However, on Monday night Town face another side battling to avoid a bottom two finish – Topsham Town.

The game is being played at Colyford Road with a 7pm kick-off and French says: “We have a similar squad available for the Topsham Town game so I am hoping we might be able to deliver more of the same.”

The mathematics of it all are that, if Seaton Town win they will guarantee finishing outside the bottom two for they’d climb above Topsham Town and Clyst Valley, but the Tops would then have the chance, in their last game which is on Wednesday night at home to Cronies, to also exit the bottom three and that would mean Hatherleigh last, Clyst Valley second last and Seaton Town, third last which might be enough to stave off the threat of the drop.

With Elmore going up and no South West peninsula league side dropping down it means there’s one ‘reprieve’ from the drop and the it’s a case of who finishes high enough in Division One – Colyton look set to step up and the its University Reserves who, because either first team are in the SWPL Eastern Division, they cannot play in the Premier Division, but Lyme Regis, who have finished third, may wish to seek promotion.

What that would mean is that only the bottom team – Hatherleigh Town – may then be relegated. It’s all a case of ‘if’s and buts and maybe’s’ and so, clearly the best thing Seaton Town can do is beat Topsham and make everything else almost academic!

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