Local football round-up
PUBLISHED: 14:44 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 10 June 2010
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TOPSHAM Town heaped more misery on basement dwellers Beer Albion by tanning the Fishermen to the tune of a 5-1 victory at Coronation Field last weekend in what turned out to be a personal triumph for teenage striker James Ware.
TOPSHAM Town heaped more misery on basement dwellers Beer Albion by tanning the Fishermen to the tune of a 5-1 victory at Coronation Field last weekend in what turned out to be a personal triumph for teenage striker James Ware.Ware is a product of the Tops' thriving youth section and has been on the score sheet before this term, but not, until now, with a treble. Lewis Heaver and Ryan Pym also got their names on as the upwardly mobile Tops suddenly look to threaten the top six sides in the Premier Division.The victory was no more than the side deserved for a bright performance according to Secretary Michael Webb, who said: "It was a cultured show and, whilst it is of course fair to say that Beer Albion are currently struggling, they do have bags of spirit and, as in any game of football, you have to put a decent shift in to score five in any standard. The youngsters are coming through now and that is so encouraging for all concerned at the club."Another Town youngster to catch the eye was keeper Joe Foster. The 17 year old was once again called in to deputise for the unavailable Robbie Raddon and maintained his remarkable record of having yet to play in a Topsham defeat this term.This was the glovesman's fourth outing of the campaign and the late consolation that the visitors netted was actually the first Foster has conceded in six hours of 1st team football.The Town Reserves' trip to Newton St Cyres fell foul of the weather. This coming weekend the Tops' 1st team have a day off but the Reserves are in Senior Four action with a home game against Newtown.Webb is delighted with how things are developing at the club. He says: "Some time ago a lot of hard work went into establishing the youth set-up. Chairman Kevin Heaver was so instrumental in it and his vision then is paying dividends today as the club's 1st team continues to blood youngsters."EXMOUTH TOWN boss Chris Dowling used a day of inactivity for the club's 1st team to go along and take a look at Town's young Reserve side as they contested a Devon Intermediate (East section) Cup quarter final tie against the Met Office at Southern Road. Dowling could not fail to be impressed as the home side booked a last four berth courtesy of goals from Graham Tapp, Ryan Smith and Sam Walkey in a 3-2 win that was no more than the home side deserved. Dowling said: "We do have a very tidy crop of young players in the 2nd team and it is testament to their collective efforts that they are now into the semi-finals of a County competition." The Reserves return to Intermediate One action this coming Saturday with a visit to Cullompton Rangers (2.15pm). Dowling's own team are back in action this coming Saturday when they host a much changed Liverton side at Southern Road (3pm). The South Devon side are now under the stewardship of former Newton Abbot boss Tony Bowker. The new look Liverton went down 3-0 against Exeter Civil Service last weekend but Dowling knows what to expect from both the opposition and, indeed, his own side. He says: "Any side that has Tony (Bowker) in the dugout is going to be competent and competitive and given that our last time out was that, at times, rocky horror show at Alphington, I am expecting to see just what sort of a reaction this particular Exmouth Town side can rustle up. Being without the game last weekend may just have helped as it allowed the players that little bit longer to think about how they let themselves down at the Chronicles and I think we will see the real Town stand up and be counted on Saturday. That is certainly what I am expecting. The one thing I do know about this current Town side is that they do have big hearts and they will have something to prove."JUST the one Otterton game beat the weather last weekend with the Saturday 1st team and the Sunday Morning XI both falling foul of the elements. The only side to see action were the Reserves and they were involved in a thrilling contest that ended 4-4, writes Andy Mitchell.The Otters managed to continue their recent excellent run of results, sharing the eight goals with Seaton Town but, given that the last goal of the game, scored by the visitors came in the 6th minute of added time, the Otters were left feeling that it was points dropped as opposed to one gained.Mark Tett fired the hosts ahead in the 13th minute but within four minutes Seaton were level. Tett was to have the final say of the first half, his second score taking the Otters into the break with a 2-1 advantage.The second half was barely ten minutes old and yet the home side had opened up a 4-1 lead thanks to a brace from Paul Sanders but the visitors were still very much in the game and a quick fire double from them set up a tense finish. Given that there were no second half injuries the addition of six extra minutes at the end of the match was a mystery to all, but the visitors used the added time to their advantage and in the last of the half a dozen minutes they netted the eighth and final goal of the contest.This coming weekend all three of the Otters' teams are back in action, weather permitting. The 1st team host Feniton in an East Devon derby, the Reserves travel to Morchard Bishop and the Sunday side travel to Barley Celtic.EAST BUDLEIGH Reserves were beaten in the quarter final of the Devon Intermediate Cup (East section) when they went down by a single goal at home to Uplowman, writes Mark Auton. This was a much improved performance from the side, but they lacked that vital spark in the final third to take something tangible from the contest. The visitors were first into their stride as the Budleigh midfield took a while to settle but once the hosts got going they began to see more of the ball but chances, at either end, were very much at a premium, although a rare gilt edged chance for the visitors was knocked home at the far post following a deep cross. Budleigh keeper Marc Bown did okay between the posts and Zack Pearce produced another consistent defensive display. In the 17th minute Pete 'the pole' supplied a nice pass for the run of Laurie Ward who was denied by the oncoming keeper and the two sides went into the break with the Mid Devon team still holding that single goal advantage. The hosts were the better side in the second period. Martin Williams hit a first time shot over the top but might have been better served taking another touch and, when the industrious Ward showed good close control, he almost gave Adam Jones the perfect chance to equalise. Midway through the half Bown produced a fine parried save to prevent an Uplowman second as Budleigh pushed for the equaliser. The Jones long throw and the Frank Howarth long ball became Budleigh's greatest threats as the game ran it's course, but it simply was to be 'one of those days' for the hosts and they slipped out of the County Cup. Man of the match went to the impressive Pearce for the second week running. Next up for the side is a visit to Clyst Valley on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm). The East Budleigh 1st team had their game at Halwill last weekend cancelled. This Saturday they entertain Elmore at Vicarage Road (2.15pm) and this promises to be a thrilling game with both sides currently locked in the battle to hold leadership of the section going into the New Year.
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