Three-in-a-row as Blues' team hit form
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010
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Feniton picked up a third successive Devon & Exeter League Premier Division win; this time a 2-1 success over University at Station Road, writes Stephen Birley.
Feniton picked up a third successive Devon & Exeter League Premier Division win; this time a 2-1 success over University at Station Road. The win was no more than the Blues deserved for another fine all round show. What's more they came back from a half time deficit to win the game by the odd goal in three thanks to two scores in the space of the first five second half minutes. First Dave Court's precise cross was knocked home by Jonathan French to level things up and then a Court cross-cum-shot ended up in the net. Feniton turned the screw and looked for a third but it wasn't needed, Court coming the closest to increasing the lead - his superb strike rebounding back into play off the crossbar. Blues' manager Dave Carnall was very happy with his side's effort and recent run saying: "It's coming together nicely now and this win helps to reinforce the view that we can still have a big say in just how things pan out at the top of the table. "We are playing some disciplined and yet devastating attacking football and things in the camp right now are very, very good."Carnall's side have nudged themselves into the top six and the next two games will surely determine whether they are good enough to perhaps push on and look for a top three berth. On Saturday, they face a trip to second-placed Wellington and the week after it's the current leaders Civil Service. Carnall said: "The next two games are huge now and, if we were to get positive results in both, we would find ourselves a part of the action at the business end of the campaign."Beer's game was washed out at the weekend. They are in action this Saturday when they host Clyst Valley. There was no Senior One action for Seaton, their scheduled game being another to lose out to the weather. This Saturday, Mark Rooke's side host fourth-from- bottom Elmore and a home win could take Town back into a top three berth.Upottery have moved to within three places and four points of Senior Two promotion hopefuls Honiton Town. The Mountbatten Park men were denied a game at the weekend owing to the rains but Upottery got their match in, playing and winning at Lympstone. The 6-3 success takes Merv Sawyer's villagers into yet another promotion push of their own. Andy Isaac and Jake Phillips had their side two goals to the good at the break and, after the home side halved the arrears early in the second half, Isaac struck again to restore a two goal advantage. The hosts scored next but Andy Lord quickly pounced to take his side into a 4-2 lead. Mark Reed netted to extend the advantage and, after the home side had their third of the afternoon, the scoring was finished by recent signing Dan Prettejohn, a pre-festive signing from neighbours Awliscombe. Prettejohn is better known in the village for his prowess with cricket bat and ball and so netting in the side's first football match of 2008 augers well for his particular sporting year ahead! Sawyer said: "It was pleasing to both get the game played and indeed win it. We have been very short of training time and match practice with the recent wet weather and we've not been able to use the Honiton Sports Centre over the festive period, so to come back from a 'break' and score half a dozen, against a strong and physical opposition, is very pleasing."There's no game for Upottery on Saturday owing to the funeral of chairman Peter Cruwys. Honiton Town are in Saturday action at Mountbatten Park where the visitors are Dawlish Town Reserves.With three former Seaton Town players in their ranks, Colyton had added incentive to do well in their Senior Three game at a muddy Colyford Road and it was the former Town lads who wore the bigger post match smiles as they claimed the points courtesy of a single Richard Tratt strike. The win was no more than Colyton deserved for a fine all-round team display. Tratt was a constant threat and unlucky not to score two and possibly three - first half efforts stayed out only by the width of crossbar and upright. Jimmy Richards and Jason Potter both became second half 'supersubs' to play their part and, when goal king Tratt departed, his replacement, teenager Nathan Maddocks, worked industriously across the front line. Tratt picked up the Man of the Match award sponsored by the Grove Nightclub but for Colyton boss Keith Somers there was one other individual worthy of that 'star player' honour."Matt 'Ozzie' Orsman was sublime in a fine back three, he's my number two at the club and he certainly was magnificent throughout this contest. We played well and I thought fully deserved the win in front of a large crowd, and thanks must also go to our travelling support, they were brilliant."On Saturday, Colyton host Uplowman, Motel Rangers & Offwell entertain Beacon Knights and Seaton Town Reserves travel into Exeter to meet Heavitree Social United Reserves. In Senior Four on Saturday Dunkeswell Rovers host Woodbury. Rod Hill's side were another to be left kicking their heels last weekend owing to the New Year rain.Beer Albion Reserves got the better of Axminster Town 3rds in their Intermediate Two game, winning by the odd goal in three thanks to Sam Phillips and Luke Bartlett. Ben Turner got the Tigers' goal, one that gave his side the lead before the Fishermen took charge. The Intermediate Four East Devon 'derby' at Station Road, Feniton saw the Blues throw away a 3-1 lead and ultimately share the points with visitors Seaton Town 3rds. Lee Rowles, with a brace, and Jamie Doidge with one goal made up the home scoring. Doidge was the Blues' 'star man' and there was an impressive debut from new signing Sean Windows in the home forward line. Feniton's Bruce Knight lamented: "That's two points dropped for sure. At 3-1 up I felt we ought to have had enough in the tank to take the points but credit where credit's due, Seaton battled back very well.