Upottery look ahead

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:30 15 June 2010

Feniton have climbed into 5th place in the Premier Division after a 2-1 success in the East Devon derby against Sidmouth Town.

Feniton have climbed into 5th place in the Premier Division after a 2-1 success in the East Devon derby against Sidmouth Town. Charlie Selley is a local youngster who spends much of his time with Exeter City but is signed at Acland Park and is playing for the Blues in a bid to return to fitness. He scored a 'classy' goal to put Feniton one up and Mark Simic doubled the advantage just after the restart. Sidmouth got one back when Blues' keeper Russell Whitton sent an onrushing attacker sprawling, the ball calmly tucked away and thereafter, with the 'kitchen sink' being thrown at them by Paul Ashford's side, the new centre back pairing of former Ottery St Mary defender James Hudson and Andy Carnell stood firm.Next up for Carnall is an East Devon Senior Cup meeting with Topsham Town who beat them 3-2 in a Premier Division meeting last month, after the Blues had raced into a two goal lead: "Topsham proved that day they have character so we will give them due respect and I am looking for us to make cup progress, that's for sure."Beer Albion went down again, the Fishermen slipping to their seventh defeat in eight top flight outings but the manner of their performance, and the closeness of the final score in their 2-1 defeat at Budleigh Salterton, suggests that they are not far off the Premier pace. On Saturday Phil Crabb's side play in the East Devon Senior Cup but they could not have been given a tougher task. The Fishermen have to travel to St Martin's who have a season Premier record of played five and won five. Crabb says: "Form wise this one is a no brainer, but the cup is littered with strange results and you just never know, on the day it might be our moment."There was no game for Mark Watkins' ambitious Seaton Town at the weekend but they are involved in the only Senior One game on Saturday with their visit to University. "With everybody else engaged on cup duties, the chance is there for us to steal a march on the other sides. It won't be easy even though we have beaten them already this term. Since our win they have beaten a good East Budleigh side by five and hit six on Saturday. But the surface at their place in conducive to a passing game and that should suit our style. I expect us to take something from the game," he said.Club captain Ollie Morgan whose season to date has been restricted to just a couple of cameo appearances from the bench, is now match fit and will start but Charlie Cross, who was outstanding in his last game, is away on holiday and another blow comes with the news that knee ligament damage will keep Jamie Poynton out for at least a month.Upottery banked a fourth point from their fourth Senior One game this term with a 0-0 stalemate in the meeting with Alphington. The villagers' Adrian Coombe made a superb penalty save to take his side in at the break on level terms but Upottery were the stronger over the latter stages and only a superb stop by the Alpha's keeper denied Jake Phillips what would surely have been a winner. On Saturday, the villagers are in East Devon Senior Cup action when they host Otterton in what presents an opportunity to do some giant killing, a fact not lost on boss Merv Sawyer who says: "We look upon this coming game as a great chance to see how we stand in the grander scheme of things. Otterton have enjoyed year-on-year promotions, rather like ourselves, and the game presents a real chance for us to test our mettle against a Premier outfit. I am looking forward to the challenge."Honiton Town won a second successive game and once again their victims were bottom side Dawlish Town who they beat on the South Devon coast by the odd goal in five. Having led 2-0, they needed a last minute Rory Wheal winner to bank the points. Earlier Darren Witt and Rich Newby had put the Mountbatten men in control against a side who were much changed, and far stronger, than the outfit that had been beaten at a canter the week before. Ben Price was superb in the centre of midfield and there was an outstanding debut from centre back Robin Hunter. Manager Richard Ayres said: "Robin really did look the part, it was a very impressive first game from him."On Saturday, the side host Westexe Rovers Reserves in a Bill Slee Cup first round tie and hope to be able to welcome back Tom Poole who has been out since picking up an injury in pre- season. Ayres says: "It'll be a huge boost to everybody to get Poole back. He's training midweek and if he's ready he'll be involved against Westexe."Offwell Rangers lost 2-0 at Phoenix Club in a Senior Four game. Rangers gave a tremendous account of themselves and were holding the powerful hosts at the midway stage. They were caught cold at the start of the second half when the home side netted a brace of quick fire goals. Rangers' boss Nick Ogden said: "It was a super effort by the whole side against the section's best team. "As long as the players learn from the silly little mistakes that are being made then we will be okay." One element of the game that Ogden was very critical of though was the atmosphere the contest was played in: "I am afraid some of the intimidation from the touchline by so called 'home team supporters' was intolerable. At this level you do not expect to hear, or indeed have to put up with, verbal threats. It spoilt for me what was an otherwise great game of football and certainly a wonderful advert for the division."Alex McCreadie was outstanding for Rangers and he will be on duty this coming Saturday along with his team-mates when they host Tedburn St Mary in another league match.Axminster Town Reserves won by the odd goal in five with victory at Tipton St John thanks to goals from Ben Turner - his a fine far post header from a well worked corner routine - Adam Downes and Joel Gostling.Seaton Town Reserves shared the points with visiting Winkleigh in a 1-1 Colyford Road draw. Charlie Clarke scored the hosts' goal and watching first team boss Mark Watkins was very honest when he said: "It was not a very inspiring contest. These games happen at times and this is one of those forgettable games." Next up Town play in one of just two Senior Two games being staged on a day dominated by cup matches.In Senior Four Dunkeswell Rovers went down 4-1 at Topsham Town Reserves. The Dunks entertain Sandford in a Bill Slee Cup first round tie on Saturday.Axmouth United slipped to a disappointing 4-1 defeat at home to Sampford Peverell in a Senior Five game. Next up for James Tweed's side is a trip to Mid Devon to meet Bickleigh in the opening round of the Football Express Cup.Rockbeare Rangers overcame a strong Otterton Reserves side. After a goalless first half, the Rooks took charge and deservedly grabbed the lead when Rob Langmaid netted his first ever goal for the club. Langmaid is one of those 'real club people', much respected throughout the Rangers' set-up, and his joy at scoring was shared by all his team mates. Awliscombe United's joint managers, Martin Willmington and Paul Layzell were pleased with their 3-0 win over Beer Res following last weeks 1-0 loss to the same team. They felt that the players needed little motivation after the Beer manager's comments in last week's paper - that he felt Beer would face a lot stiffer opposition this season! After a headed own goal from a Duncan Bryant free kick in the first half, Awliscombe stepped up a gear in the second half and two excellent goals following good teamwork from Dave Trenchard and Pete Nelson sealed the points and but for some good goal line clearances the scoreline could have been greater!On Saturday the Awls are at Hemyock in the Football Express Cup first round.Feniton Reserves' Luke Gallen netted a hat-trick but in vain as the Blues scored four times at Uplowman but lost the game by the odd goal in nine. Honiton Reserves were thumped 6-0 at Mountbatten Park by Hemyock.Seaton Town 3rds shared four goals and the points at Hemyock Reserves. Asa Sandman and player boss Gavin Warren got the Town goals, the gaffer's coming from the penalty spot.l Seaton Town can call upon the services of Marcus Furneaux-Harris for the next two weeks as he takes a break from his Metropolitan Police training course. Town boss Mark Watkins says: "His experience could be invaluable so he will be on the bench for me at University on Saturday."l The recent story in the Midweek Herald where we reported Feniton boss Dave Carnall as falling foul of his daughter in a game of Ker-plunk encouraged Sidmouth Town boss Paul Ashford to arrive at Acland Park for the sides' meeting on Saturday with a bag of marbles which he presented to his counterpart! Carnall says: "Amidst all the pressure of these games and the need to get points, it just shows that there remains humour in the game.


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