Terrific Colyton win
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:22 15 June 2010
Beer Albion went down for the 21st time this season and the 4-1 defeat at Thorverton confirms that the Fishermen will now have to apply for re-election to the Premier Division.
Beer Albion went down for the 21st time this season and the 4-1 defeat at Thorverton confirms that the Fishermen will now have to apply for re-election to the Premier Division or slip down into Senior One for at least the next 12 months.The fall and fall of Feniton has also been alarming for all concerned at Acland Park in recent weeks and they are still not safe from joining Beer.Under normal circumstances, a point at Clyst Valley would be a decent return for the Blues but, with Budleigh Salterton winning and Hatherleigh scraping another point, Feniton can not yet plan for a top flight campaign next season. Saturday's point at Clyst Valley was only the fourth the Blues have banked out of the last 36 available and that has seen them plummet towards the drop zone. With matches still to play against University at home and Heavitree, Otterton and Wellington away, Sean Devine's side need at least another three points to stave off what is now the real threat of having to go cap in hand to the re-election committee.Seaton Town's new boss, Josh Stunell, could not have had a better start as he oversaw his new charges claim a 7-1 win at Westexe Rovers. Josh French and Johnny Wilkinson both hit braces and the other Town goals came from Ben Ede, Ritchie Durrant and 16-year-old Cameron Vere. Stunell said: "I simply asked the lads to keep it simple, sent them out in a 4/4/2 formation with the very basic instruction of getting the ball passed quickly and effectively and, to a man, or in some cases boy, they were superb." Upottery saw their four-match unbeaten run ended in a 4-1 defeat at an Alphington side who had Jamie Densham in their ranks. The former Bideford and Tiverton Town hitman struck one goal and showed his clear class throughout, whilst his brother bagged a treble. Upottery actually led for much of the opening 40 minutes thanks to Matt Frost's goal but once the Exeter side got level, the outcome was never in doubt. Villagers' boss Merv Sawyer said: "To be honest I had not expected to take anything from this one. Alphington are a very good side and rightly challenging for the title but we did not get even close to our best which we would have needed to be to take anything. We have much more winnable games to come and that's when we really do need to be at our best."Upottery host bottom three rivals Culm United tonight, Wednesday, and then host Elmore on Saturday. Three or four points from the two games and Sawyer's side will have put their escape bid right back on track.Honiton remain too close to the Senior Two drop zone after a 3-0 Mountbatten Park defeat at the hands of Morchard Bishop. The visit of basement dwellers Sidmouth Town on Saturday offers Richard Ayre's side the chance to secure their place in the division, but anything other will lead to nervous glances over the shoulder to the pack battling to beat the drop.Axminster Town's bid to secure another promotion continues after they hammered South Zeal United 6-1. Kevin Turner's team need to keep winning as Colyton continued their own challenge for a promotion berth with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Broadclyst. Callum Somers spurned a second minute penalty before another of last year's Colyton under-16s, Ed Busby, fired the side ahead. Richard Tapp converted a second spot kick and bagged another goal to send Colyton into the break with a 3-0 lead. They scored another three in the second half through Busby, an own goal and one from skipper Paul Millman. Boss Keith Somers said: "I had suggested that someone might get a hammering sooner rather than later and felt the lads really turned it on and showed what a decent side they are. I was chuffed to bits that Curtis Statham kept a second successive clean sheet."Offwell Rangers lost 3-2 at home to Crediton. Rangers dominated the first half and twice led through goals from Karl Allen and Andy Lord but each time the visitors found a reply and ultimately won the contest with a goal 15 minutes from time. Ogden said: "We are a dejected bunch at the moment and I accept that the buck needs to stop at the feet of the boss. There's no doubt we have a strong squad of players at the club but right now I don't seem to be able to get the best out of them."The Paper Shop of Honiton, the club's shirts sponsors, sponsored the match and Ben Guilbert was named Man of the Match.John Cooper and Jamie Poynton both hit braces as Seaton Town Reserves beat Pinhoe 4-1 but there was no such joy for Dunkeswell Rovers who suffered a 5-0 Senior Four defeat at home to Crescent.Axmouth United endured a miserable Easter weekend with Good Friday's 4-3 defeat at Bickleigh followed by a 6-0 home defeat to Countess Wear 24 hours later. Awliscombe trailed visiting Hemyock 2-0 at half time but stormed back to share the spoils thanks to Ben Gay and a Chris Williams penalty - both Awls' goals coming in the final 10 minutes.Feniton Reserves are just two wins away from climbing out of Intermediate football to join the Senior ranks after they won their promotion shoot out at Cullompton Rangers 2-1. A 25 yard screamer from Steve Lawlor had the Blues ahead, only for the Speeds Meadow hosts to be level from the penalty spot. But if Feniton felt a little hard done by with the award of the spot kick, they didn't show it and duly won the game with Johnny Phillips scoring the winner. Boss Bryn Ebdon said: "We deserved that. The lads played ever so well and have given themselves a great chance of finishing the season in glory." Awliscombe at home and Culm United away, and two wins for Ebdon's men and no matter what happens elsewhere, they will be promoted.Mixed fortunes for Axminster Town 3rds who lost by the odd goal in seven at Hatherleigh on Good Friday but won 2-0 at Langdon the following day.Nigel Swain got the only goal that saw Feniton 3rds to a 1-0 win at Morchard Bishop. Seaton Town 3rds lost by the same score at Cheriton Fitzpaine.
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