Upwardly mobile Upottery

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010

Feniton sent Pinhoe packing from an Acland Park visit with a 7-2 beating and that was probably a 'relief' for the hapless Exeter side who could quite easily have gone down by many more such was the Blues almost total dominance.

Feniton sent Pinhoe packing from an Acland Park visit with a 7-2 beating and that was probably a 'relief' for the hapless Exeter side who could quite easily have gone down by many more such was the Blues almost total dominance. Andy Jones and David Court both hit doubles whilst John French, Richard Austin and John Phillips also netted. The Blues currently sit seventh but they are just seven points behind leaders Civil Service and, with nine games and 27 points to play for, there is plenty left in the campaign.The Blues' boss enthused: "We did play well but take 'nowt' away from them, Pinhoe played their part in a contest that at times was more like a game of basketball as the ball pinged from end to end. There were chances galore and it was the sort of game that whoever had their shooting boots on would claim the game. Fortunately that was us!" After the game the Pinhoe manager resigned and the Carnall had some sympathy for his counterpart saying: "As I carried the balls and kit to my car I spoke with their manager and we both agreed how much more difficult these days it seems to get players to help with the very basic chores. Football is not simply about turn up on a Saturday, warm up, play the game and disappear. To keep any football club going takes a group of people doing a whole range of tasks throughout the week and sometimes it's a very lonely job being a manager!"It's struggling Hatherleigh away on Saturday and with a clean bill of health amongst his side Carnall is hoping for another positive result: "It's another game that presents a real chance of some points and if we can bring back the three points it will help us in what I see as a very realistic top three finish bid."Beer Albion were without a game on Saturday but this coming weekend they host leaders Exeter Civil Service and manager Matt Rooke is relishing the challenge.He said: "When I can put my best side out and we are at home I genuinely feel we need to fear nobody so this is a great chance for us to show what we are made of. I am looking forward to the challenge."Seaton Town launched themselves well and truly into the Senior One title race with a last gasp winner to see off Westexe Rovers at a wet and windy Colyford Road but it was no more than Town deserved for a fine all round display. Mike Wheeler was the goal scorer and the win leaves Town in fourth spot, just a point behind 3rd placed Otterton, and they have three games in hand on their East Devon rivals. What's more, Mark Rooke's side cannot be discounted as potential champions for the current leaders, Budleigh Salterton Reserves, may well sit a dozen points better off but Town have three games in hand and can still harbour genuine promotion and title hopes. Upottery are now seriously looking at yet another promotion.Andy Isaacs grabbed the individual glory with a superb hat-trick to help see off St Loye's 4-1 and keep the villagers in third spot in Senior Two. It was the Exeter side who scored first, a header from an early corner but, as is the hallmark of all accomplished sides, they respond in adversity. Upottery did just that with Isaacs climbing above the visiting keeper to head an equaliser just two minutes after the deadlock had been broken. It was Isaacs who fired his side ahead, and in some style too as he 'blasted' home a 25 yard free kick with deadly accuracy. A later goal from Bruce Leaman took Upottery into the break with a 3-1 advantage. In the second half it was the visitors who enjoyed the lion's share of the ball yet it was the home side who scored the half's only goal.Fittingly it was Isaacs who scored his side's fourth to complete an excellent hat trick. Manager Merv Sawyer said: "The conditions made it difficult to play some football and, given that we went into the game knowing that with the other sides around us in the table were playing each other it was vital we won and so to do so, and after being a goal down, is very pleasing."As for this Saturday's meeting with Upottery, Sawyer is in no doubt as to the enormity of the fixture: "It's a massive game, I'd say it is a classic 'don't dare lose' for both sides. Sidbury are a side we know well and they will be looking for the points as much as we will. We have great respect for them as a team and they are a nice bunch of people too but I am looking for us to put down a very serious marker as to our intentions for the remainder of this season. It's a game I really want to win."Upottery have just seven games to go and the next two are arguably the biggest league encounters in the village side's history for, if they can bank points from Sidbury, and repeat the process the following weekend against Honiton Town, the last five games will not present too much to stop yet another promotion season for Merv Sawyer's side. The remaining games this term see the villagers only leave their home turf twice, playing the return at St Loye's and also going into Exeter to meet Civil Service. Honiton will probably not be meeting Upottery in league action next year after they slipped to another disappointing defeat, beaten 3-1 by table topping Bow AAC. It leaves the Mountbatten Park side having to win the bulk of their remaining eight Senior Two games. Going into this weekend's visit of Newtown, Paul Sedgewick's team find themselves nine points adrift of Upottery - who they visit on Easter Saturday. The game at Bow was in fact a very even contest, won by the home side by virtue of them starting the quicker and racing into a two goal lead.A Mark Bowles goal, five minutes before the break, was the very least Town deserved for a good show all round but half time probably arrived too quickly.With the elements making the art of football more and more difficult, the second half produced just one more goal, scored by the hosts on the hour. Craig Sluman was the Town 'star' on the day. He has only played a handful of games in the first team but you'd not have thought it watching his effort on the left flank of the Town midfield. So is that the end of the Town promotion bid? Spokesman Nigel Doe's very honest view is: "We'd be fortunate to get promoted from the position we sit in at the moment!

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