Local adult football
PUBLISHED: 11:13 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 10 June 2010
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LUKE KELSALL was a four goal star as East Budleigh became the first team to beat Bow AAC in the league this season and the 6-0 victory took them to the top of Senior One, writes Mark Auton. As well as the Kelsall goals Matt Chown and player boss Dave Coc
LUKE KELSALL was a four goal star as East Budleigh became the first team to beat Bow AAC in the league this season and the 6-0 victory took them to the top of Senior One, writes Mark Auton. As well as the Kelsall goals Matt Chown and player boss Dave Cockayne also found the net. Budleigh began brightly with Kelsall and Cockayne having half chances before the former opened his and Budleigh's account, this after Chown had created the opportunity before Kelsall showed excellent composure to beat the visiting keeper. With Sean Cooling and Tim Whiteoak dominating proceedings in the centre of midfield the Jays were controlling things to such a degree that any Bow attacks were quickly snuffed out by the tenacious midfield duo and solid defensive pairing Phil Page and Neil Skinner.Whiteoak was denied by a fine save, before Budleigh keeper Rob Dance showed his quality to smartly tip over Bow's best chance of the first half. Six minutes from the break the Jays deservedly doubled their advantage. Phil Page was denied by a goal line clearance from Dave Radford's corner, only for Kelsall to force his header over the line. Almost immediately two became three as Radford found Kelsall and from his cross Cockayne made his presence felt in the six yard box for Chown to follow up and help the ball into the net. Kelsall then hit a superb first time effort to make it 4-0 before, on 69 minutes, Lee Irvine picked out Kelsall who in turn squared to Cockayne and the player boss side footed home with a little help from an upright. Shortly after it was 6-0 as Cockayne returned the compliment to hit-man Kelsall who netted his fourth. Kelsall was denied a 5th by the Bow keeper's boot, Whiteoak then had the glovesman at full stretch and Cooling rattled the bar as the Jays came close to reaching what would have been a deserved double figure tally given the dominance of their all round play. East Budleigh have an afternoon off this coming Saturday before visiting Halwill a week on Saturday.TOPSHAM Town are beginning to put some excellent results on the board, none more impressive than Saturday's single goal East Devon Senior Cup win at Otterton, the same venue where they had been thumped 8-2 on a visit earlier in the campaign.James Ware netted what proved to be the match winning goal and it books the Tops a last eight place in the competition.What made the result all the more impressive was that the Tops travelled without the cup tied pair of keeper Robbie Raddon and Gavin Ward. Boss Danny Carpenter said: "The two lads were cup tied and so we were not that much changed from the side we took across to them in September. But we are a changed and maturing side now and I was confident that we had sufficient in our locker to get a result. For me the big thing now is climbing the Premier Division table. I don't think we are in a position befitting the quality we have in the ranks right now, but they do say that tables don't lie and it is up to the players to stand up and be counted and knuckle down to the task of getting us up the table."This coming Saturday it's back to top flight action Carpenter's men, who have been beaten just once in the Premier since late September. The Tops are home to Heavitree Social United, who are playing only their 6th Premier game of the season and they start the day one point, and one place, worse off than the 12th placed Tops. Carpenter says: "I feel they (Heavitree Social) are another side in a false position in the table. They are always a powerful side but there's a new confidence in my team and I am looking forward to this one, it should be a cracking encounter."Skipper Ian Curran misses the game through family business but the absence of the talented left footer is compensated by the return to the side of the two cup tied players, Raddon and Ward.ROYAL MARINES AFC made it five successive victories with an efficient display that saw them win 3-1 at Liverton and help the side continue their upwardly mobile climb in the Peninsula League Eastern Division.The sides went in at the break all square. The home side scored first before Dan Boere struck a venomous shot similar to those hit by Ronaldo for Manchester United, the 35 yard strike dipping and swerving before nestling in the back of the net past a helpless home keeper.Some choice words at half time from assistant boss Jason Margrett seemed to have the right effect. Margrett had said that he felt the route the contest was taking would see further Marines goals but if, after twenty minutes, there were no additional scores then there'd be a tweaking of formation.Within a minute of the restart Steve Blurton saw a shot flash just wide and then on 52 minutes came the move of the game. Richie Hope, Ali Sawyer and Adam Fowler were all involved before the latter crossed for Karl Rickard to control and blast home.Almost immediately Liverton struck back as Jason O'Brien was penalised for a tug on an opposing player's shirt but the free kick was more of a threat to the hovering sea-gulls rather than James Ashford-Brown's net. Ben Shepherd was then denied by the home keeper after neat work from Dean Quinn but the Marines were not be denied. The third goal duly arrived when Hope created space and delivered for Rickard to bag his second to a seal a 3-1 win.Next up, the penultimate home game of the year for the Marines as they entertain Totnes & Dartington when a sixth straight win would see the side continue their merry way towards the top six berth that assistant boss Margrett says is the first target for the team.NOT SINCE last season have Exmouth Town managed Peninsula League Eastern Division back to back wins, but a 4-1 Southern Road victory over Ottery St Mary made it six points from two outings for Chris Dowling's side who are very quickly settling down under the new boss. James Payne put Town ahead, Daniel Plater and Scott Bellamy then fired the side into a three goal lead before the Otters scored and it was left to the boss's son, Paul Dowling, to blast home a marvellous shot to complete the scoring. Boss Dowling said: "If I am honest I'd have to concede that the score line flattered us. I don't think we played anywhere near as well as we had the week before against Budleigh but let's give Ottery due credit, they did play very well and if they sustain that level of play and commitment I can see them turning their season around very quickly. From our point of view, to not play as well as we know we can, score four times, and bank the points says a lot for how things are developing here at Southern Road." It was the appearance of Dowling's son Paul that underlined the 'will to help out' that is very evident at the club. A fortnight ago Ryan McManus did similar to help the cause but sadly he dislocated a shoulder and faces six weeks on the side lines but Dowling Junior, who has now made a couple of cameo appearances from the bench, is set to stay involved. Dowling Snr says: "He needs to get match fit and we'll work him in training to get him to the desired and required level but he epitomises what genuine feeling there is locally for this football club. There's a real incentive for Town to claim a third straight win on Saturday when they make the short trip to Alphington. The Exeter side are three points better off than Town with both sides having played the same number of games. A win of any margin would take Town above the Alphas in the Eastern Division table, a fact not lost on Dowling who says: "Okehampton are playing Stoke Gabriel and so the incentive for us is crystal clear: if we can get a result at the Chronicles (home of Alphington) then we can climb not one but a couple of places in the table and that would be genuine proof of fairly rapid improvement and progress at Southern Road." With a clean bill of health in the Town camp, an unchanged squad will make the trip to Exeter on Saturday afternoon.OTTERTON bowed out of the East Devon Senior Cup after a disappointing performance against a Topsham Town side who left Stantaway 1-0 victors, writes Andy Mitchell. The Otters had Kevin Pitt standing in as goalkeeper and he was unlucky to be beaten by the first half goal that proved to be the only score of the contest. At the other end Tom Bishop and Simon Tulley worked the Tops' glovesman. At half time regular Otters stopper Adam Williams took over between the posts, allowing Pitts to return to his more usual striking berth, but try as they did the home side could not fathom an equaliser. Gary May and Lee Mitchell, the latter making the nine division jump from Intermediate Four to top flight local football, did very well at the heart of the Otters' defence. Meanwhile Otterton Reserves won by the odd goal in seven on their trip to Tedburn St Mary where Jon Elstone bagged a brace to open his account for the season and Mark Tett also netted a double, and that takes him into double figures for the season to date. The Otters Sunday League side saw off visiting Wonford United, winning 3-2. The result was all the more remarkable for the Exeter side arrived at Stantaway sporting a season-long unbeaten record. They also took a first half lead when Dink Thomas was beaten by a free kick. Jon Dack served up some trickery to grab an equaliser for the Otters and the same player fired his side into a 2-1 lead just six minutes into the second half. The Exeter side were level with twenty minutes remaining but the home defence of Paul Yeomans, Lee Mitchell, Matt Tett and Matt Cousins then came into their own whilst behind them glovesman Thomas pulled off a number of fine saves before Stefon Kubaczka was summoned from the bench and, with four minutes remaining, arrived at the far post to knock home the winning goal, his first for the club. On Sunday Otterton are again at home when they host leaders St Martin's.