Young guns serve up day's result

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

P0200-38-08AW East Budleigh (Blue) V Axminster (Black and yellow stripes). pic by Alex Walton

P0200-38-08AW East Budleigh (Blue) V Axminster (Black and yellow stripes). pic by Alex Walton

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COLYTON served up the result of the day in the County Cup competitions as they saw to it that the holders of the Devon Senior Cup, Willand Rovers, fell at the very first hurdle when they beat the Western League club's second team 2-1 after extra time, writes Stephen Birley.

COLYTON served up the result of the day in the County Cup competitions as they saw to it that the holders of the Devon Senior Cup, Willand Rovers, fell at the very first hurdle when they beat the Western League club's second team 2-1 after extra time.Keith Somers' side all played their part in what was an outstanding performance.The opening goal came from one of last year's under-16 side, Mike Gould, who is also an accomplished rugby player. He fired the home side into the lead, one they held throughout a first half that they dominated from start to finish. With Matthew Osman and vice-captain Mike Cullum both starring in the back four, the second half ran a similar course to the first 45 minutes but just as the home followers were preparing to celebrate a famous win the visitors levelled in second half stoppage time.Undaunted Colyton continued to look the more likely during the extra half hour and 10 minutes from time Callum Somers, who turned 16 on July 30, scored what proved to be the winning goal. "I am so proud of each and everyone one of them," said a delighted Somers, who continued: "We deserved that and from start to finish, against a very good side, we have not only held our own, but actually outplayed them for great lengths of the contest."On Saturday, Somers' side begin their Senior Three campaign at home to Seaton Town Reserves and he says: "For me the league game against Seaton is much more important to me than a home cup win, albeit over the actual cup holders. I am now looking to see if we can show consistency of performance and not just save our best for the cup."FENITON slipped out of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup, beaten 2-1 by fellow Premier Division outfit, Hatherleigh. However, Dave Carnall's side played their part in a very entertaining game which, but for a combination of some poor finishing and a super display by the North Devon side's glovesman, then it would be the Blues preparing for a 2nd round game instead of looking to get stuck into their league schedule. Carnall said: "We actually did very little wrong throughout the entire contest but, if I had one moan, it would have to be our lack, on the day, of a final third cutting edge. Our approach play, passing and certainly the ability to keep the ball, was exceptional. However, the game is all about finding the back of the net and right now that is beyond us, but it will happen, trust me. We will have a day soon when everything we hit will scream in."Sean Devine had climbed above everybody else in a packed six yard box to head the blues back on level terms after the hosts had grabbed a lead. The side went into the break locked at 1-1 and that's the way it continued until mid way through the second half when the otherwise 'Mr Reliable', Russell Whitton, let a high ball slip from his grasp and roll over the line for what proved to be the winner."I think we will play a lot worse than that and win games this term," said Carnall who now prepares his side for Saturday's meeting with Topsham Town. "Topsham have not started well in terms of results but they have sufficient quality in their ranks to suggest the results will arrive. For our part we just need to be looking to have more composure in front of goal," he said.Trevor Anning and Matt Kingdom are both missing for the Topsham game but recent signing Andy Carnell should be back from holiday and there will be a full debut for Fafana Kelami who hails from Sierra Leone and lives in Whimple: "We gave him 15 minutes in our last league game but he was cup tied for the Hatherleigh game. He's very fast and will certainly give us a real threat on the flank."UPOTTERY boss Merv Sawyer saw his side go nap against Ottery St Mary to book a Devon Senior Cup 2nd Round place and said: "We should have been over the hill and far, far away by half time, such were the chances we created in the first 45 minutes. It was very poor finishing I am afraid but, as with all things like this, the huge positive would have to be that we were opening the opposition up at will and creating chance after chance." Nick Trenchard, signed during the summer from Dunkeswell Rovers, opened the scoring and further efforts from Jake Phillips, Mark Tucker, and Andy Isaac put the villagers 4-1 up at half time and Mark Reed netted one in the second half.There was something of a 'scare' for Sawyer's men just after the break. With that healthy 4-1 advantage, Dan Broom had run clear in the opening exchanges of the second half only to fail to beat the Otters' keeper and almost immediately the home side scored to reduce the deficit to two goals. But, after a short spell of home dominance, Upottery regained control of the game and finished comfortable winners."No complaints from me about the style and tempo of our football, that was very good, but we do need to fine tune our finishing," said Sawyer who takes his side into Saturday's opening Senior One game looking to get another league campaign under way in winning fashion: "Willand, by the very nature of being a Western League club's second team, should be strong but we have worked hard in pre-season and I am looking forward to yet another new set of challenges as we get our Senior One season off and running."SEATON TOWN beat East Budleigh to book place in the next stage of the Devon Senior Cup but rather than the 3-1 score line it was the manner of the victory that had new Town boss Mark Watkins purring. He said: "At times we were playing some very slick training ground football. The way the side kept the ball was a joy to behold and I was very, very pleased with so much of the play."The Town side certainly had a youthful look about them as they took to the field with three 16 year olds, (Josh French, Marcus Wyatt and Ritchie Durrant) and one 17 year old (Jack Lamb-Wilson), whilst the 'daddy' of the side was a grand old 26!The first goal of the contest, in the 20th minute, came straight off the training ground. Ben Ede began the raid on the left, switched the play to overlapping wing back Wyatt who made ground down the right before pulling it back for lone striker Brad Groves.Whilst he kept the two East Budleigh centre backs busy, young French ran 'off him' to fire home a splendid goal.The lead was doubled on 52 minutes and once again it was young French showing a very mature head on his young footballing shoulders, to apply a polished finished to a smart team move. After the visitors had scored a very fine goal of their own, Jonny Wilkinson drilled home a super strike to complete the scoring and seal a 3-1 win.Regular goalkeeper Dave Perham was injured making a fabulous save on 75 minutes and he was replaced by yet another of the Town 'young guns' with Ryan Turner, 16, taking over between the posts for the last quarter of an hour.On Saturday, Town are once again paired with East Budleigh as the two sides look to launch their respective Senior One campaigns with a win. Watkins says: "The league campaign means everything to us. We want top flight football at Colyford Road and to get that we need to get off to a good start. I am sure it will be another very close encounter."Off the Colyford Road pitch, Seaton Town's new first team manager is beginning to make his commercial presence felt. The former Axminster Town Commercial Manager is a past master at the art of raising both funds and profile for and at football clubs. He has been able to secure a superb sponsorship that will see a home matchday programme published at every 1st and Reserve team game this season. The sponsor providing the support is Steve Northcott of Steve's Print and Design in the town and Watkins says: "It's a fabulous association we enjoy with Steve and his company and he has very kindly agreed to supply us with a home match programme which I feel will be the envy of everybody in the league. It's a quality product that will have a different front page each game and will always be at least 24 pages. We are very grateful to Steve for the support."Watkins has also managed to get every one of a 30-man squad sponsored to the tune of £25 a head, and that sponsorship is highlighted in the matchday programme.


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