Upottery start to climb

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:56 16 June 2010

Dunkeswell (red) lost out to a prolific Colaton Raleigh

Dunkeswell (red) lost out to a prolific Colaton Raleigh

Upottery claimed their first victory of the Devon and Exeter League Division Two season with a nap hand against visiting Dawlish Town.

Upottery claimed their first victory of the Devon and Exeter League Division Two season with a nap hand against visiting Dawlish Town.

Dan Taylor (2), Dave Isaac, Dean Crabb and the outstanding Adrian Coombe were amongst the scorers.

Boss Merv Sawyer said: "Dawlish were clearly weaker than normal but all you can do is win your game and we are rapidly gaining in confidence."

As well as the fine performance given by Coombe, the shift put in by left midfielder Dave Isaac had his manager purring.

The result breathes new fire into the villagers' battle to avoid a second successive relegation and follows quickly on the heels of the previous week's draw with high flying University Thirds.

The next target for Merv Sawyer's battlers is to close in on fourth-from-bottom Westexe Rovers who are currently seven points away having played three more games than the villagers. This weekend Upottery host a Newtown side who, if they beat them, are another team they can target to overhaul in the table.

Another side to be smiling on Sunday were Seaton Town after they brushed aside the challenge of Halwill and then learnt that the three sides who started the day immediately below them at the summit of the Division One table failed to win their games.

So Town have opened up a three point lead with next best Cullompton Rangers Reserves having a game in hand, but the Town goal difference stands at double that of the Mid Devon outfit.

Marcus Wyatt bagged a brace for Town with Richie Durrant also scoring as Town went into the break three up.

Halwill are a decent side and came back strongly in the second half but could only manage the one in reply.

Town boss Josh Stunell said: "The key for me was the ball retention which I thought the lads did exceptionally well. If I have a moan it was that, after the break, we at times over cooked keeping possession but this team are learning all the time and, when they keep it and move, are a joy to watch."

Next up for Town is Saturday's visit to a Broadclyst side who have been beaten just twice at home this term.

Stunell says of the game: "They (Broadclyst) gave us a tough game at Colyford Road and so we are going to have to be ready to roll our sleeves up and work hard to bring something home."

Mike Wheeler netted for Beer Albion as they maintained their challenge for a place back in the top flight of Devon and Exeter football.

However it was very much a case of another two points dropped by the Fishermen who were again unable to make a home game provide maximum points as struggling University left with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

With 10 of their 13 Furzebrake games now played, Beer have managed to win just five of them. The promotion hopes for Beer face the ultimate test this weekend when they travel to Speeds Meadow to face second placed Cullompton Rangers.

There was more despair for Feniton as they went down 3-0 at Willand Rovers Reserves and the Blues are in danger of being cast adrift in the relegation berths as the games begin to run out.

The Acland Park men have just ten points from 18 outings to date and sit second from bottom, six points shy of fourth bottom University who have played five games fewer! Feniton don't have far to travel this Saturday as they are at Manstone Road for a derby meeting with high flying Sidmouth Town. When the pair met at Acland Park in September the Blues were beaten 1-0.

In Division Two, the Honiton Town promotion push remains very much on the rails after they won 2-1 at Newtown. Town, who sit seventh, have played fewer games than anybody else in the section and, if they were to win their two in hand on the leaders, would be just a point behind Tipton St John who currently head the pack in a cluster of clubs that sees a single point separate the top four.

This weekend Town head for 4th bottom Westexe Rovers

Axminster Town Reserves shared six goals with North Tawton in their Sector Lane, Division Two meeting. On Saturday the Tigers' second string travel to Uplowman.

Colyton claimed a seventh Division Three win in nine outings with a 3-1 at Pinhoe, who were losing for only the second time this term.

The hosts struck first when a cross drifted over Colyton keeper Kris Reid and into the net but this did provide the spark the visitors needed.

With Callum Somers in a central midfield role pulling the strings and strike partners Richard Tratt and James Tucker willing workers across the line, chances were created.

The best of them fell to Marc Potter but he was denied by a fine save. An error by the home glovesman gifted Tratt an equaliser before the break and then goals from Mike Cullum, his a penalty, and Potter sealed a richly deserved 3-1 win.

Boss Keith Somers said: "It was a tough game, and Pinhoe made life very hard for us. I thought we deserved to win and the experience will have helped the younger players no end."

One such youngster, Erich Busby, was given his first start and responded with a superb display.

On Saturday Somers' side travel to meet Winkleigh, who they beat 1-0 at home in early October.

Seaton Town Reserves won 3-1 at Crediton United. This weekend Town face the same opposition but with the difference being this time Town are the home side.

Offwell Rangers scored another three goals away from home, but shipped three as well and had to settle for a point from the long trip to Okehampton in their Division Four meeting.

Dan Edwards supplied a polished finish to level things up before Andy Lord fired them ahead, only for the hosts to hit back and lead heading into the closing stages when, with almost the final kick of the contest, Jamie Doidge prodded home from close range.

Manager Nick Ogden said: "It was a game we probably should've won but, in the end, we are glad to have got a point out of it. Our commitment and work rate right through the team was top quality against a good side and if we can learn from little errors and keep improving we can do good things.

"We are a young team that's growing every week and I'm honoured to be a part of it. Next Saturday we have the new league leaders at home and we can't wait to get stuck into them."

Dan Edwards was named Man of the Match, closely followed by the all-action skipper Andy Lord. Next up is that home meeting with table-topping Sandford.

In Division Five Dunkeswell were beaten 8-0 at Colaton Raleigh and are now 11 points from safety at the foot of the table. This weekend it's a home game for the Dunks as they entertain Westexe Rovers Reserves. Feniton Reserves went down 4-2 at home to Wellington Town Thirds.

In Division Six there was a 2-0 win for Beer Albion Reserves at table-topping Cheriton Fitzpaine - this only the second defeat of the season for the Cherries. That Fishermen success boosted the Awliscombe bid for divisional honours as they won 3-1 at UAU Exeter to move to within eight points of the leaders who have played two games more than the Awls. There's no League game for the Fishermen this weekend.

Axmouth United showed there is still life in their bid to stay in the Division as they drew 2-2 at Uplowman and the point sees United move to within a single point of climbing out of the bottom three. They have games in hand on both Silverton and Ottery St Mary who sit immediately above them. On Saturday United host Alphington and a win over the Exeter side could lift the hosts out of the bottom three.

Honiton Town Reserves went down 3-0 at home to Rockbeare Rangers. This was only a fourth league defeat of the season for Town but does harm their promotion bid. This weekend offers an East Devon derby as they entertain East Budleigh Reserves.

In the bottom division, Seaton Town Thirds won the East Devon derby at Colyton Reserves by a single goal to complete a fine day for the Colyford Road senior sides. On Saturday, Town head to Tedburn St Mary where a victory would be win number five this league campaign for the young side.

Feniton Thirds joined the other two Acland Park senior sides in slipping to defeat as they went down 3-1 at home to Lapford.

On Saturday Feniton Thirds are again at home when they entertain an Offwell Rangers Reserves side who need points to escape from the bottom three.

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