Vikings triumph over Fishermen

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

Feniton came from behind twice to take a point from their game at home to Clyst Valley.

Feniton came from behind twice to take a point from their game at home to Clyst Valley. John French and Jamie Easterbrook netted for the Blues, whose boss Dave Carnall applauded the visiting linesman for 'confirming' one of the home side's goals. Beer Albion boss Matt Rooke was very frank about the reasons for his side's 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Sidmouth Town. He said: "Sidmouth simply had much more fire in their bellies than my lot. We were nowhere near the level we can be and on the day they were the better side and deserved their win." Martin Hancock's second half penalty was merely consolation for the Fishermen who were already trailing by three goals at the time. Rooke did have a view as to why his team had been so poor on the day: "I think we were certainly feeling the effects of the midweek Axminster Hospital Cup tie with Exmouth Town."That game at Southern Road had seen the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division promotion-chasing outfit held by Albion right until the closing moments of extra time when a double whammy from the home side settled the game at 2-0 in favour of the hosts. He said: "We played ever so well and I was very proud of the lads for their effort on the night; we gave them a real fright!"There's better news for Rooke on the selection front this coming weekend with the return to action of long term absentee Mark Anning, who has sat out the last three months through suspension. Rooke's options are further increased with a couple of other 'senior' players returning to the fold this coming weekend.Ben Ede's equaliser was sufficient for Seaton Town to claim a point from a 1-1 draw with Alphington and take Town in to third place in Senior One. The Exeter side had shocked the Colyford Road faithful with a first half lead but Town's persistence paid off and they go into this weekend's game with East Budleigh knowing that a win will put nine points between the teams.It puts Mark Rooke's outfit very much 'on the front foot' to go on and see the promotion push to a happy conclusion.Promotion remains very firmly on the agenda at Upottery, where the village side are well placed to go on and clinch a place in next season's second tier of local football after a 0-0 draw with near neighbours Honiton Town. With leading scorer and main goal threat Andy Isaac in Las Vegas enjoying a stag weekend, and a number of other regular players missing, Upottery boss Merv Sawyer was more than satisfied with the result.He said: "Under the circumstances I'll take the point happily. It keeps Honiton some distance away and, with Halwill also drawing, we did no lasting damage to our promotion bid."Honiton came the closest to scoring, Dean Goddard rattling an upright, whilst Upottery also had the ball in the back of the Town net only for a clear off side to rule the score out. The Honiton promotion bid is not yet over as spokesman Nigel Doe alluded, saying: "With Pinhoe withdrawing from the Premier Division it may well be that fourth place gets promotion this term and if that is the case we need to win as many of our remaining games as we can to ensure as high a finish as possible."There was a disappointing defeat for fellow promotion chasers Colyton in a Senior Three game at a windswept Winkleigh. After six successive wins manager Keith Somers was looking for more of the same and so a 4-2 defeat led to a major inquest post match! Somers said: "Hands up, my tactics and so my fault - well at least as far as the switch to a 3/5/2. But sadly some of the players let us down too. Indeed only two left the pitch with any credibility, the others may as well have stayed at home."James Tucker and Ian Gooding scored the Colyton goals and Somers summed up his feelings saying: "I set the tactics for the game, which went horribly wrong, therefore I must take the blame for this result. "People have been telling me how well I have made the lads play this year so it is only right that I hold my hands up when I make a mistake. This is one of those occasions. The boys know they let themselves down so I am happy to deflect attention away from them this time. They will, however, not enjoy training this week!"Dunkeswell Rovers went down in their Senior Four game whilst the Axminster Town promotion push was 'stalled' owing to an afternoon of inactivity with their game at Woodbury being called off. The Tigers received a huge boost though with the news that nearest rivals for the title, Witheridge, were held in one of their games in hand and, with the two sides meeting at Sector Lane on Saturday, the stage is set for the Tigers to make a real statement both in terms of the promotion effort and indeed the destiny of the Senior Four title.Intermediate One provided one of the few local wins on the day with Axmouth United giving further boost to their promotion effort with a 2-1 win at Exmouth Town and Axminster Town 3rds were 4-0 winners at home to Rockbeare Rangers in Intermediate Two. Beer Albion won the 'derby' meeting between themselves and the second string at Honiton Town, the Fishermen taking the points with a 2-0 win.

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