August 6, 2017 at 11:26 am #12465
New season, New Ideas and I have come up with the idea of a single thread, blog type, diary of the games I watch this coming season. I used to do “featured matches” but that came a bit of a bind so I think maybe a blog with a few comments as I visit games without the need to do full match reports every time.
Before I start, I’m feeling rather enthused for the new season with plenty to look forward to – I reckon we are all in for a real treat with title races in all 3 Divisions. In the Premier there looks to be several really strong sides so I fancy that will be another fascinating race whilst in both East & West I’m not too sure there is a “stand out” team in either in the same way that Stoke Gabriel & Sticker dominated last season, could be two very open competitions.
Anyway- a long season ahead – Hope you enjoy !
August 6, 2017 at 11:35 am #12466
Sunday 30th July : 12noon : Charity Vase
Stoke Gabriel 4 Sticker 2 (At Newton Abbot Spurs)
East Champions Stoke Gabriel got the new season up and running with a 4-2 win over West Champions Sticker, cannot claim to have seen much of the match as lots of people to see and catch up on news etc from the summer but the standout moment was the blowing away – ala Wizard of Oz proportions – of the gazebo protecting the bar-b-q !
Game 2 :
Sunday 30th July : 3pm : Charity Bowl
Tavistock 6 St Austell 1 (At Newton Abbot Spurs)
This one had me searching the record books as it turned out to be the highest winning margin for a Charity Day game, the funny thing was that St Austell had taken the lead and for a while early in the game they looked the better side, but as the game went on Tavistock were a different class and had “won” the trophy well before the referee blew his whistle.
2 games in bright sunshine (ever balding head caught the sun too!), 13 goals, £806 raised for the benevolent fund and the season was up and running.
One thing about the Charity Day that always surprises me, club stalwarts from some clubs travel miles to attend, whilst others from clubs around the corner don’t turn up, and its not a logical mix, their are Cornish clubs that travelled to Spurs such as Helston & Liskeard and regular Devon clubs too such as Crediton & Budleigh who also attend each year. Anyway was great to see all those that attended !
August 6, 2017 at 11:53 am #12467
Saturday 5th August : FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
St Austell 1 Bridport 1
When the draw came out last month this was always the tie for me, with just a handful of ties and the league not starting til next week it was a rare chance to visit Poltair Park on a Saturday rather than a floodlit game with the sleeper train home !
The match itself was OK, both sides having chances to win it but a draw probably being the right result, not that it suits St Austell who have to go to the Beehive on Wednesday night. That said with players suspended and at a wedding they may have a stronger side for the replay as Liam Eddy will be back from suspension and at least those attending the wedding, if not the groom, should be back. Jordan Pearce interestingly benefits as his 2 game ban to start the season still rules him out of the replay, but the fact of the extra game means he can now play in the lilly-whites first league game of the new season.
These changes to suspensions will have to keep club secretaries and I on my toes, Pearce becomes available but on the other hand Bodmin had a player sent off yesterday and with the new 7 day period (rather than 14) he will now miss Bodmins first league game next weekend.
Away from the football it was great to spend the afternoon in the company of Richard Rundle, the webmaster of the excellent Football Club History Database, who now lives in the Duchy and recently got the Premiership Trophy for a day to Newquay Library where he works.
I was also more than proud to see and stand quietly for a minutes silence prior to kick off for Nick Hone, President of St Austell who passed away during the summer, a reminder that life is precious and friendships should be treasured.
August 9, 2017 at 11:12 pm #12490
Wednesday 9th August : FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replay
Bridport 1 St Austell 0
Clocking the early season miles up as Cornwall last Saturday became Dorset tonight and a trip to St Marys Field for the first time in many years.
St Austell had players back from suspension and a wedding and looked well up for the match in the early stages until a wreckless lunge from Liam Eddy produced a straight red card and the striker was back to the dressing rooms just 11 minutes after having returned from suspension. Bridport used the man advantage well and took the lead with a cracking drive from distance before the break but failed to get a crucial 2nd goal, partly due to wasteful finishing but also to some good stops from Jason Chapman.
The 2nd half saw a similar pattern but the lack of another goal kept St Austell in the tie and allowed them to push bodies forward late on as the home side protected their slender lead, but despite a few half chances the Western League side held on to claim the victory.
Enjoyable night with plenty of banter from a good sized crowd, good to see Pat Whymer still cheerful despite his beloved Cambridge Uniteds early season form and also Kerry Miller who is always good to catch up with the local gossip.
August 11, 2017 at 10:42 pm #12503
Friday 11th August : SWP Premier Division
Ivybridge Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 2
The first Premier Division game of the new season, but far from a balmy summer evening it was typical football weather with grey clouds, damp and drizzly throughout.
The Friday night games normally draw good crowds and despite the weather it was no exception as 310 were at Erme Valley for the visit of the young Plymouth Argyle side.
Joe Truelove struck the 1st goal of the league season to give the Ivy’s a first half lead but two quickfire goals midway through the second half were enough for the Pilgrims to claim a 2-1 win.
Plenty in attendance and good to see Mike Sampson, new treasurer Peter Stevenson as well as Keith Mann and Paul Murphy on observing duty. Honorable mention must be made of the half time home made chocolate cake (yummy) and the persistence of Helston manager Steve Massey for prizing away my programme as they had sold out by the time he arrived !
August 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm #12514
Saturday 12th August : SWP Division One East
Ilfracombe Town 1 St Martins 1
With three new sides in the league this season I was looking to get to one of them’s first SWP encounter and as both Honiton Town & Ludgvan share their home grounds with cricket, the choice was the long journey to Marlborough Park, some 71 miles from Exeter and I can travel fairly well into Cornwall from my Exeter home without that distance being covered ! (I do wonder if the FA understand just how much travel our clubs do already, without the snipes about clubs not taking promotion to do even more, but that’s another story).
A glorious day in the sunshine and a green carpet of a pitch awaited and plenty of home club officials all raring to go meant a superb afternoon. The home side took a 12th minute lead through a powerful Sam Box header from a corner and it looked to be a perfect first day all round, but the second half saw visiting St Martins come back into the game and when the home side were reduced to 10 men following a 2nd yellow card the Exminster based visitors claimed a share of the points as Ashley Barker made it 1-1.
Several hoppers in attendance including Alan Duckstein from deepest Kernow, Mark Hardy from Farnborough and others as well as league vice chairman Mike Pett.
Plus point of the day was the superb hospitality from Ilfracombe club officials led by the stalwart that is Tony Alcock with the only negative being the weak wi-fi meaning twitter was a nightmare to update, I even wandered over to the far side where a phone mast is, only to discover it was “vodaphone” and I have an EE !!!
August 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm #12533
Monday 14th August : SWP Division One East
University of Exeter 4 Sidmouth Town 3
A boost for the old goal ratio as the first early kick off, 6.30, of the new season saw the Students go 3-0 up, only to be pegged back to 3-3 by a Sidmouth Town side who played over half the game with 10 men after a red card, only for the Uni to snatch a 4-3 victory and make it 6 points from 2 games, which is noteworthy as August is normally a poor month for them as term has not started yet.
Damp old night and one can only hope that the “Summer” makes an appearance soon !
August 15, 2017 at 11:40 pm #12547
Tuesday 15th August : SWP Division One East
Crediton United 3 Honiton Town 1
No fewer than 11 games to choose from tonight but this was top of my list as it saw Honiton Town, the wonderfully named “Hippo’s” playing their first ever game at Step 7 having won the Championship of the Devon & Exeter League last season.
It was not to be a fairy tale start to life though as they went a goal down before the break against a well drilled Crediton United side who then made the game safe with two goals inside the first 3 minutes of the 2nd half, the first coming from the penalty spot. 3-0 with 40 minutes to play meant Kyrton were able to follow up a win at Liverton last Saturday to make it 2 wins from 2 but Honiton played to the end, had a few chances of their own and scored their first SWP goal when Ben Ede netted. But this was not enough for the Hippos to get out of the pickle (ouch, local pun!) and they will go in search of their first points again next Saturday at Liverton United.
Cannot ever write a report on a game at Lords Meadow without mentioning Aunty Mary’s cakes, and nice cup cakes with icing and chocolate buttons were on the half time menu this week !
August 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm #12555
Wednesday 16th August
SWP Division One West : Penzance 0 Ludgvan 2
My first sleeper train home to Exeter trip of the new season was to the end of the line at Penzance for the Magpies local derby with new boys Ludgvan.
Another wet and gloomy night weather wise but that didn’t stop 159 hardy souls from watching a feisty derby which took all of Kevin Knowles experience to handle and keep all 22 players on the pitch.
Ludgvan took all 3 points, and a maiden Step 7 victory, with two first half goals whilst the home team tested the Hurlers resolute defence more after the break.
Just the 16th August and all 3 new clubs seen in action, Ilfracombe Town, Honiton Town and now Ludgvan.
Home about 1.30am after minor delay on train and walked home in the same wet weather that had got me soaked in Penzance hours earlier!
August 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm #12600
Saturday 19th August
SWP Premier Division : Cullompton Rangers 3 Godolphin Atlantic 5
A trip out on the double decker bus to Cullompton for the first time this season and an 8 goal thriller for the effort !
Not my original choice of match, but after some switching around with my plans it was an early season chance to watch The G and despite them only turning up with the bare 11 they contributed to an exciting game, especially after the break.
Cully will feel hard done by as they led at 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before conceding three goals in the last 10 minutes to lose 3-5 with Ed Wilton the undoubted star of the show as the former Carharrack striker helped himself to a personal four goal haul.
Speeds Meadow is one of those grounds where the loyal club people are always looking to improve facilities and the pitch has had a major, £40,000, face lift with new drainage installed and as thick a carpet of grass as I have seen, they have also added netting behind both goals in the summer…….Not that the strikers needed it today as they both hit the “real” nets on plenty of occasions!
August 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm #12622
Monday 21st August
SWP Division One East : University of Exeter 0 Teignmouth 2
With the Students being the only side to have nominated Monday for midweek fixtures, this was a quick return to Topsham Road to see them in action but was also a chance for a first look at Teignmouth this season.
After a cagey and even first half which produced no goals, the 2nd half was only moments old when Sam Chapman opened the scoring which was doubled midway through the half by Myles James. The Students enjoyed plenty of possession and played some neat football on the fine surface but lacked a cutting edge which allowed the visitors to see out the game and collect a useful 3 points on the road.
Spent the game in the company of new Results Officer Dave Deacon who was stopping off on his way back to Cornwall from having watched Spurs & Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.
Word too for the “man in black” after some early drama with the appointed referee not being available a quick call to Match Officials Director Keith Mann saw him leave his tea and get to the ground to get the game covered, not sure if his tea will be in the microwave or the dog when he gets home!
August 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm #12638
Tuesday 22nd August
SWP Division One East : Honiton Town 1 Budleigh Salterton 3
A first SWP home game for the Hippo’s at their Mountbatten Park HQ which looked splendid with a superb green & lush pitch. The attraction certainly caught the eye as around 200 attended despite it being a 6.30pm kick off and this included several hoppers keen to get a “tick” and be at the first game in the pyramid.
On the pitch however the Honiton side are still looking for their first points, they fell behind as early as the 3rd minute but did get back on level terms at 1-1 before the Robins ran out 3-1 victors. The Budleigh side with new manager Kevin Hill and a sprinkling of new signings picked up their first win of the season, but will be first of many you would think as they are a very different proposition than the young side who just escaped relegation last season.
Always good to see a new clubs first home game, and the club did well in hosting it, once they get a start and pick up their first points they will be a welcome addition I am sure.
August 23, 2017 at 11:06 pm #12644
Wednesday 23rd August
SWP West Division : St Blazey 3 Illogan RBL 2
A very welcome, and in recent times, a very rare home win for the Blaise Park faithful to witness as St Blazey got off the mark for the season with boss Stuart Morgan also getting his first victory.
The initial signs were good as they had already hit the bar before a 2nd minute goal gave them a perfect start. The visitors then got into the game before, and slightly against the run of play, a quick break made it 2-0 at half time.
Illogan never gave up and reduced the margin to 2-1 early in the second half before a goal from a tight angle restored the two goal cushion. Even then Illogan scored again to set up a tense finale.
An enjoyable game with locals like Simon Tonkin, Blazey Paul, Richard Rundle, David Bray (who won the raffle) and Tracy Banfield plus a hopper & his son down on holiday from Southampton.
Final word, we all read a lot of gossip and opinions on social media, a lot of it frankly is twaddle, but for an opinion based on facts – Stuart Morgan is a promising young manager, putting something back after playing (which far too few do), he has probably, and will certainly not get everything right – but with support and encouragement he will do fine, as will St Blazey this season.
August 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm #12679
Friday 25th August
SWP East Division : Bovey Tracey 1 Newton Abbot Spurs 3
A good sized crowd for this Friday Night local derby in South Devon where both hosts Bovey Tracey and visitors Newton Abbot Spurs went into the contest each having won their opening contests.
It was Spurs though that came out on top as they scored twice in a first half that they bossed to lead 2-0 at the break and although Bovey were much better after the break, and reduced the arrears to 2-1, a late penalty converted by Adam Dyson sealed the win for the visitors.
Good to see a few holiday makers and hoppers in attendance, as well as some rivals managers on the survillance, and a decent sized crowd for the home club who had some reward for having brought the game forward to the Friday night.
August 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm #12689
Saturday 26th August
SWP Premier Division : Stoke Gabriel 4 Helston Athletic 0
A first visit of the season to the wonderfully named GJ Churchward Memorial Ground to see East Division Champions Stoke Gabriel back in the top flight and with Helston Athletic, under the management of Steve Massey, they visitors.
In truth the game was not to much to write home about, the hosts took an early lead from a Rob Farkins header, doubled it through Ollie Booth and were 3-0 up wel before half time through Ollie Critchlow. After that it was all a bit pedestrian with Stoke guilty of taking their foot off the gas and Helston unable to fashion a fight back. Midway through the second half Critchlow added a 2nd for him and a 4th for the Railwaymen to record a first home win, and a first win since the opening day.
A pleasant afternoon though in the warm South Devon sunshine with the company of Paul Hendy and his wife from Helston, several Stoke Gabriel stalwarts such as Bill Deval, Kevin Besford, John Banks and Ray Tucker.
The Churchward ground still has work to do to reach Step 6 ground standards, but the summer has seen half the railings replaced, new netting behind the near goal, more concrete paths and a general freshen up for the pitch which looked much better than recent seasons.
Didn’t win the scratch card but a lovely sausage bap before the game and a large slice of home made victoria sandwich cake at half time, so not a bad day after all !
August 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm #12706
Tuesday 29th August
SWP Division One East : Teignmouth 1 Brixham 2
A clash of two unbeaten sides in a South Devon Derby at the quaint Coombe Valley tonight with a decent crowd in to see who would come out on top.
Brixham who had drawn their opening 3 games took the lead from a Stuart Bowker penalty early on and that was the only goal until the hosts bundled in a leveller after the half time break. They did not stay on level terms long as Reece Somers restored the visitors lead after 65 minutes and although the hosts tried to find another leveller, the visitors defence held firm to record their first win of the season, and at the same time, inflict a first defeat on their hosts.
Another pleasant evening although the nights are starting to draw in with 6.30pm kick offs almost behind us for the winter ahead.
August 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm #12715
Wednesday 30th August
SWP Division One East : Alphington 0 Bovey Tracey 4
My final match of August, I guess seeing 17 games is pretty good by this stage, and a first visit of the season to the now closest ground to my home (Exwick Villa were marginally closer).
Visiting Bovey Tracey edged a close first half and led 1-0 at the break but then started the 2nd period far brighter and made it 2-0, and then 3-0 within 10 minutes of the re-start. They added a further goal late on and the hosts had a player sent off as the light faded, in what was after all the last of the 6.30pm kick offs of the summer – all midweek games from now onwards are scheduled only at grounds with lights.
Several local personalities in attendance and at least 2 rival managers in Chris Porter and Neil Saunders plus ground-hopper Rob Hornby from Nottingham who was stopping off at the game on the way to his family holiday in deepest Cornwall where he tells me he has Mullion & Porthleven on his radar for visits.
September 1, 2017 at 10:44 pm #12737
Friday 1st September
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Parkway 5 Torpoint Athletic 1
A first visit of the season to Bolitho Park for me tonight and a chance to see two Premier sides in action that I had not yet witnessed this season.
Parkway won 5-1 in front of a decent crowd (despite Malta v England) and on a well prepared and good looking pitch.
The home side were in front within minutes of the start and were 3-0 to the good at the break, Torpoint battled game fully and pulled a goal early in the 2nd half which briefly saw a fightback on the cards but two more goals late on ensured an emphatic 5-1 margin. Two crackers amongst the goals – Lance Bailey for Torpoints only goal and the 4th goal from Parkway was a well worked effort with Glynn Hobbs running at the defence before unselfishly setting up Luke Durham to score.
Always good to visit Bolitho Park, it’s a place that always really comes alive for Friday Night Football and with a quality team this season I imagine several high profile nights will be held under the Bolitho Park lights during the season.
September 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm #12749
Saturday 2nd September
SWP Division One East : St Martins 4 Honiton Town 1
My first trip to Minster Park this season, on the bus to Exminster, for those not sure where they play, and a rather odd match. St Martins were 1-0 up inside 3 minutes, 2-0 after 11, 3-0 after 13 and 4-0 after half an hour for what looked like being a very one sided and high scoring match.
New boys Honiton Town though are to be commended for not letting their heads drop, battling away and even reducing the arrears to 1-4 by the interval.
The 2nd half was a however largely a non-event – St Martins had the game won and didn’t play at the same tempo whilst Honiton were happy to steady the ship and avoid any further damage – both sides had the odd half chance but the scoring boots that were evident in the first period were obviously changed at half time !
Good to see a fair few from Honiton watching the Hippos away including Chairman Roger and Secretary Alan, and a word too for the Hippos linesman – he used to be my manager when I played Under 18’s so that says a lot, Frank Delling played into his 60’s for various Sunday teams and was running the line today at the age of 81 – Yes 81 ! Well done Frank !
Showing the contrast of my role, last night it was Parkway under lights in a Friday Nighter, today a East game in Exminster and now thanks to a late leveller, my next outing will be a trip to Wordsworth Drive to watch Tavistock at Taunton Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday – Variety is after all the “spice of life” !
September 5, 2017 at 11:48 pm #12779
Tuesday 5th September
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay : Taunton Town 1 Tavistock 2
Their are many who have sought to reduce the number of Step 6 clubs allowed into the FA Cup, more over the threat of extinction roams still large for clubs at our level, but if anybody from Under the Arch at Wembley that cares to venture to games like tonight’s they will learn that the real value of the FA Cup still belongs to the lowest ranked clubs, the underdogs, the minnows…..
Last year Taunton Town tasted such glory as they reached the 1st Round proper and a trip to Barrow of the Conference, this year they stood – applauded – shook hands – and accepted the magic of the Cup as a Step 6 side had fought as if their very lives depended on it to get a result away at a Step 4 club, and not just any Step 4 club – the Peacocks are a good side, well supported and unbeaten in the league this season.
Tavistock fought back from 0-2 down last Saturday to earn the replay and from the first whistle it was clear it was a replay they were up for, a surging run, a keeper side stepped, panic and a handball and inside 60 seconds the referee awarded the lambs a penalty and 1 up they were. Midway through the half another surging run saw a cool finish and it was 2-0, dreamland in fact.
The second half was always going to be about the Peacocks fighting back and the Lambs having to show resolve, when the deficit was reduced after only 10 minutes of the second half it looked bad, but the Tavistock players, every last one of them, fought, were dogged and determined, defended and defended, broke when they could and just damn well held firm. Time dragged, injury time followed, pressure amongst committee men and supporters – poor old Derek Pethick was a nervous wreck – but held on they did!
For all those behind the scenes, and the supporters who traveled to Somerset, this was one of those nights that you look back on, the days you recall that things were “better then”, the days that meant something. In truth things were always good, bad or indifferent in the past, and the same applies in the future – the important things are to experience and enjoy the good days because they come along all too rarely at our level.
Chuffed for Tavistock, chuffed for the SWP, determined though to remind those that think the FA Cup starts in January and has no place for the likes of Tavistock that they are wrong – may not be 90,000 in corporate hospitality, but 373 at Wordsworth Drive tonight will to a man agree with me.
September 6, 2017 at 10:31 pm #12797
Wednesday 6th September
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 0 Plymouth Parkway 8
After the tension and competitiveness of last nights FA Cup replay tonight’s game was a bit of a let down. Plymouth Parkway were just too good on the night for Exmouth Town and with goals going in very early in the game it was over as a contest well before half time with Parkway 5-0 up at the interval.
Parkway added three further goals in the first quarter of an hour of the second half and then a goalless spell from then until the referees final whistle finally signaled the end of the match.
This was the highest away win in the league so far this season and some of the goals and attacking play, especially in the first hour, was a delight to watch, take nothing away from Parkway they were simply too good on the night for an Exmouth Town side that appears in transition.
September 8, 2017 at 10:39 pm #12808
Friday 8th September
SWP Division One West : Liskeard Athletic 2 Wadebridge Town 2
This weeks FNF – Friday Night Football – was at Lux Park where West Division leaders hosted Wadebridge Town in front of 101 on a night of heavy showers.
Both sides have started the season well and the point apiece was enough, until Saturday at least, to make them occupy the top two places in the table.
The visiting Bridgers scored the only goal of the 1st half through Harry Hopcrofts free kick and doubled the lead midway through the 2nd half after Aaron Hulme headed home.
The hosts fought back strongly and reduced the arrears with a penalty following a handball with James Lorenz scoring and then gained a man advantage as Wadebridge lost Nathan Bonney to a 2nd yellow card. This signalled a late onslaught with substitute Carlton Farnham hitting a 90th minute leveller.
Throughly entertaining and hard fought match with a draw probably the right result.
Pastie was consumed pre match and was as always a Lux Park delight!
September 9, 2017 at 7:50 pm #12827
Saturday 9th September
SWP Division One East : Galmpton & Roselands 1 Ilfracombe Town 4
A first visit to the new look South Devon side who were of course Galmpton United last season but who have morphed into Galmpton & Roselands after a tie up with the successful South Devon League club.
Visitors today, making a first visit to the War Memorial Ground were Ilfracombe Town who are new in the league this year and having had to work hard to establish themselves in the division. I last saw the Bluebirds on the very opening day of the season when they hosted St Martins and drew 1-1.
Today’s match saw both clubs cancel each other out in the early stages before the visitors had something of a purple patch before the break. The opening goal from an acute angle by Simon Townsend gave the visitors some belief and shortly after Joe Seldon had made it 2-0. The young Galmpton side did reduce the arrears through Colin Brown, but failed to get a grip on the contest after poor marking allowed Cassian Blackmore to re-establish the two goal cushion before half time.
The second period proved to be a bit of a slog to witness, without being particularly bad tempered the half was a stop – start niggly affair with the referee producing more cards than either team managed worthwhile efforts on goal, the home side lost a player to a 2nd yellow card which only made the chance of a dramatic fightback even fainter. Townsend who had opened the scoring, notched the only goal of the 2nd half some 10 minutes from time to seal the points for the visitors.
Galmpton & Roselands have a young squad and that often equates to confidence, had they scored the first goal, who knows, but having conceeded 3 in a 15 minute spell before the break they seldom looked like recovering, Ilfracombe meanwhile will feel 4 points from 2 long away days have established them in the division for the winter ahead.
September 13, 2017 at 12:13 am #12840
Tuesday 12th September
SWP Premier Division : Helston Athletic 1 Bodmin Town 2.
My latest train trip into Cornwall was to present the home club groundsman, John Reynolds, with his FA certificate for being the best in the Premier Division last season (East & West are done through County FA’s). What I didn’t expect in the 1st half of September was that I would be greatfull for a playable pitch of any description!
Storm Aileen made for a wet arrival and throughout the first half, followed by a windy second period, though the conditions dictated, the playing surface itself was fine.
I had not yet seen Bodmin this season and was aware, by their standards, of a poor start to the league season. After a first 3 point haul last time out they battled to a 2nd win and a jump up of 6 places in the table.
Bodmin, with the wind, took a slender 1 goal lead at half time but doubled the lead through Adam Carter midway through the 2nd half. Helston reduced the arrears and applied some late pressure as they looked for an equaliser but to no avail.
Long trip home on the train, but a pleasure to reward a volunteer and a journey made more comfortable by the Helston tea ladies making me a picnic supper for the trip !
September 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm #12858
Wednesday 13th September
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle 12 Stoke Gabriel 0
Well, where do I start with this one ? Wednesday nights are “goal night” for me, last week 0-8 and tonight 12-0.
Argyle fielded a strong, but by no means a “first team” and were simply far too good for Stoke Gabriel. “Goals change games” though is a popular quip and I do feel the early goals tonight were the reason why the floodgates opened, everything Argyle hit in the opening stages went in, including several that bobbled around the 6 yard box and fell kindly, one that was scored from an impossible angle and another where the Stoke ‘keeper tangled himself into the netting and was powerless to prevent a close range effort.
It is obviously hard after a day at work to play such athletic opposition, but (and I spoke to Stoke Gabriel stalwarts at both half and full time) their is an argument that on the night the visitors didn’t have their best performance of the season. I’m choosing my words carefully as clearly players like Graham Carey (suspended by the EFL but eligible to play for the reserves – not our rules, the FA’s) are quality players, Alex Fletcher who scored 5 times before being taken off with half an hour to go is a tremendous prospect. Lamerias notched a hat trick which on any other night would have taken the headlines.
Last night it was Storm Aileen, tonight was in some ways a “Perfect Storm” for Argyle – I guess they would want that to continue with the first team, but nobody should get too carried away – either up or down – as Argyle will field similar strength teams and not score half as many goals, Stoke Gabriel will pick up points without playing an awful lot different to tonight. Elsewhere tonight Willand Rovers played Wellington in a local derby and that ended 11-0 !
One final piece of irony, last month Tavistock beat Witheridge 11-0, tonight Argyle beat Stoke Gabriel 12-0, this coming Saturday sees …..
Stoke Gabriel v Witheridge in the Walter C Parson Funeral Directors Cup !
September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm #12914
Saturday 16th September
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round : Tavistock 1 Frome Town 2
The end of this particular “Road to Wembley” for Tavistock (still in the FA Vase) but they were certainly not disgraced and will feel a tad unlucky not to have at least held their opponents to a replay.
Frome Town who ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Division, three divisions higher than the Lambs, arrived in style as they had the use of Swindon Town’s official coach for the journey down and were keen to avoid falling to any cup shock of there own.
The Langsford Park pitch was lush, a tad damp but certainly playable at the start and a decent sized crowd were out in force to support them.
The early stages were cagey and tense with both sides feeling their way into the tie and it was only in the 22nd minute when the tie came to life as Frome broke and shot home from the edge of the area with Tavistock appealing in vain for a push on the last defender by the striker, looked it too me too, but to the man in black it was not and 0-1 it was. A killer second goal came just before half time with the visitors scoring from an acute angle.
As half time arrived the heavens opened, very heavy stuff for a while followed by a more steady downpour for the rest of the game. Tavistock worked hard to get back into the tie and just when it looked as if it was not to be they were awarded a 72nd minute penalty which Josh Grant duly converted for 1-2.
Tavistock went looking for a late leveller, but in truth found the Frome defence to be very solid and they failed to create that one chance that they worked so hard for.
So that’s that for another year, but a Cup run to look back with pride on and a further demonstration that teams in the SWP can give those from several divisions above a real run for their money.
September 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm #12946
Tuesday 19th September
SWP Division One East : Axminster Town 2 Honiton Town 1
A first trip of the season for me to Tiger Way, the furthest East outpost of the league, and a historic first meeting in at least 30 years of these two neighbouring towns in a first team league encounter.
As expected a good attendance was at the superb host ground with around 200 watching on with the game only arranged for so early in the season due to a quirk. Ordinarily Boxing Day and Good Friday would be the dates for this type of game, indeed the return is at Mountbatten Park on Boxing Day, but as both clubs are Host clubs for the 2018 Easter Ground Hop, they could not play each other on Good Friday, hence tonight’s floodlit match up.
Neither team has had the best of starts to the league campaign but that didn’t affect the feisty nature as local pride was put on the line. The hosts took the lead midway through the first half and then scored a real plum of a goal from distance in first half stoppage time to make it 2-0 at the break.
The Hippos came more into the game after the break but failed to get on the score sheet and with six minutes remaining the game looked well and truly up. The Tigers had broken downfield fast, the attacker bearing down on goal was fouled with the referee pointing to the penalty spot and red carding the culprit, but the Tigers failed to finish the game off as the Hippos ‘keeper saved the resultant spot kick.
Despite being a man short, Honiton kept plugging away and on the stroke of 90 minutes they pulled a goal back which led to a few moments of stoppage time where the hosts had to hang on in order to claim the points, and the local bragging rights.
September 20, 2017 at 11:02 pm #12962
Wednesday 20th September
SWP Division One East : Budleigh Salterton 3 Crediton United 1
With the league vice chairman taking in the showpiece FA Cup tie down at Bodmin Town and having been at Tavistock only last Saturday, plus Saltash United being on my radar very soon I was left with the choice of a first trip of the season to either Budleigh Salterton or Witheridge. It could well be argued that the Mid-Devon club getting a first win, with 50 year old Roger Bonaparte scoring thrown in, I made the wrong choice tonight !
I’m normally unofficially banned by the Robins from watching them play as they think it brings them bad luck, but having seen them win at Honiton last month I felt I could chance a visit to the wet & windy, but very much playable, Greenway Lane.
Aarron Denny opened the scoring from the penalty spot after player/boss Kevin Hill had been brought down but Crediton levelled the game up at 1-1 as Matt Trenaman scored in first half stoppage time. Budleigh with the winds at their backs commanded the second half and restored the lead through Mike White before substitute James Gill secured the points with a goal two minutes from time.
I guess my visa to watch the Robins may now be renewed after seeing them win again tonight!
September 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm #12990
Saturday 23rd September
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round : Willand Rovers 4 Saltash United 1
When the draws for the two early rounds of the Vase were made in the summer, this was a tie that caught my attention, as living in Exeter, and not being able to drive, a visit to Silver Street and getting to see one of the SWP’s Cornish clubs was too good an opportunity to miss.
As always, Willand Rovers home ground was looking spic & span and well cared for, and the club, also as always, very splendid hosts, even going so far as pulling out my ticket for 1st prize on the half time draw !
However, given that 8 SWP clubs met 8 Western League clubs today, and 6 SWP clubs won (with the other going out 4-5 in extra time), my presence was probably not much help to the travelling Ashes !
Saltash started the game well enough and created the better early chances and it was no great surprise when they took the lead through recent signing Lee Phillips. Willand though got into the game and had both levelled and then gone onto take the lead, before the half time break with James Blake and Luke Mortimore netting.
The second half started with both teams creating chances which went begging at both ends, a 3rd goal for Willand would probably have killed the tie off whilst a 2nd for the Ashes from one of their chances would have sparked the game to life.
Midway through the half a false dawn arrived as the referee awarded the hosts a clear enough penalty, but it was taken with all the venom of a slow worm as Ashes keeper Ryan Rickard saved it.
The thought though, that the spurned chance would cost the hosts, failed to pass as they extended the lead to 3-1 some 8 minutes from time and then scored another in stoppage time to give the margin a flattering look, but the home sides passage to the next round was fully deserved.
September 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm #13025
Tuesday 26th September
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 2 Appledore 0
A first look at North Devon side Appledore for me this season as they traveled to Lords Meadow for one of their “closer” away days in the East Division.
The match was a very close one with the visitors having as much possession and chances as the hosts, but failing to score as the Kirton defence recorded a second consecutive clean sheet, having drawn 0-0 over 2 hours with Western League Brislington in the FA Vase last Saturday.
A goal in each half, both scored by Kenny Ord (no not the Tavistock asst manager!) with the 2nd of his goals being out of the top draw and well worthy of being the match winner.
Always a hospitable venue to go to and tonight was no exception with Aunty Mary providing a selection of Half Time treats in the hospitality room !
September 27, 2017 at 10:41 pm #13034
Wednesday 27th September
SWP Division One East : Sidmouth Town 3 University of Exeter 1
Quite a night of “firsts” at Manstone Lane tonight with the Vikings switching on their brand new floodlights for the first time, and they are excellent with good illumination levels and consistent spread across the pitch.
The Vikings then proceeded to score the first goal under them with Jordan Bastin netting after 6 minutes to claim that little piece of history and the Vikings then went on to win the match against the Students by a 3-1 margin which was the first league win for them this season. The three points were also enough to move them off the foot of the table as they edged ahead of Alphington on goal difference.
The wet weather was not welcomed and inevitably kept the crowd down which was a real shame, but the Vikings were excellent hosts and put on a great show (& half time buffet!) for the specially invited guests, which included Councillor Stuart Hughes who has been a great supporter with them for many years and he did the honours of flicking the switch on the new lights.
September 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm #13056
Friday 29th September
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 4
Exmouth Town played their first ever “Friday Night Football” fixture and were rewarded, off the pitch at least, with a seasons high Southern Road attendance of 170.
On the pitch it was the visiting Plymouth Argyle team that collected the points with a 4-1 victory which pushes them 7 points clear at the top of the table, albeit having played more games than the closest challengers.
The Pilgrims fielded a young team with just a touch of football league experience, but they were fit and pacy throughout and notched their goals through Luke Jephcott and a hat-trick, which included a late penalty, from promising striker Alex Battle. Exmouth also scored via the penalty spot with James Sharkey netting.
Exmouth Town were watched by the new managerial pairing of Kevin Miller and Andy Rawlings who were at the game, but not in the managerial hot seat until the next match, and they would have seen some promising displays, but also the problems that they will look to rectify from a team that lost its 10th league fixture of the season.
September 30, 2017 at 6:51 pm #13069
Saturday 30th September
SWP Division One East : Liverton United 3 University of Exeter 3
In September you don’t normally find your plans changed at the last moment by the weather, but my lined up game for today – Ivybridge Town v Bodmin Town in the Premier – was one of two games postponed and that left me scratching around for an alternative.
An Exeter referee, a free lift, and a club I had not seen, let alone visited this season, meant a trip to Halford to see Liverton United take on the University of Exeter.
Having seen the Students in midweek when they lost at Sidmouth and struggled to create chances, it was a bit of a surprise to see them take an early 4th minute lead and then shortly after double the advantage to 2-0. The lead however didn’t last long and the young Liverton side showed plenty of quality of their own as they made it 1-2, then 2-2 and before the half time whistle they had completed the come back and led 3-2.
Five goals in the first 45 minutes was unlikely to be repeated after the break and sure enough the second period was a much less open match, the visiting Students however created the better and more numerous chances although it took a penalty 12 minutes from time to give them the opportunity, which they took, to level the scores and share the points.
Always happy to visit Liverton, a real Village club but one that always fights above its weight, and great to see the sterling club stalwarts that keep them going.
October 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm #13092
Tuesday 3rd October
SWP Premier Division : Cullompton Rangers 0 Tavistock 3
A first evening trip to Cullompton Rangers of the season for me and a chance to watch Tavistock back in league action, after previously enjoying their FA Cup exploits, in fact this was just the Lambs 8th league game of the season.
The visitors were a cut above in the first half when they scored all three goals before the break with Jack Crago breaking the deadlock followed by strikes from both Luke Brown and Warren Daw to effectively win the game by the interval.
Credit to Cullompton Rangers though as their second half performance showed some resolve with a clean sheet for the second 45 minutes and late on they were unfortunate not to grab a consolation when they hit the crossbar from close range.
Tavistock, the defending champions, are still unbeaten in the league and although they may be “under the radar” from the two Plymouth clubs at the very top, anybody who thinks Fridays nights Argyle v Parkway tussle will decide the title is seriously over looking the Lambs !
October 4, 2017 at 11:37 pm #13104
Wednesday 4th October
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 2 Stoke Gabriel 1
Exmouth Towns new managerial pairing of former ‘keeper Kevin Miller and former St Martins boss Andy Rawlings got off to a winning start with a narrow 2-1 victory at home to Stoke Gabriel which propelled Town up 5 places and into mid-table.
However the game was marred by a serious injury to Stoke Gabriels Lloyd Clark who suffered what appeared to be a broken leg after just 15 minutes of the contest. The ambulance crew were on the Southern Road pitch within 15 minutes of the incident but took time to give the player, who was clearly in a great deal of pain, some treatment before being able to take him to hospital.
Tensions ran high for a while and some of his team mates didn’t wish to continue, which is understandable, but that call is never easy to make and the match officials were damned if they did & damned if they didn’t, I think the speed of the ambulance arriving and the treatment to the player meant the stoppage was not as long as some of these matters have been recently and that allowed the game to continue. As I say, it’s not an easy call for officials to make either way.
Exmouth had taken the lead prior to the injury with former Royal Marines player Martin Finneron firing the hosts into the lead but after the stoppage Stoke Gabriel showed great resolve in adversity and very much took the game to there opponents for the remainder of the first half and deservedly got back on level terms just before half time through Sean Finch.
The second half was an even affair with clear cut chances at a premium but 8 minutes from time the hosts grabbed what proved to be the winner and secured the vital 3 points.
No report on this game though could finish without wishing Lloyd Clark the very best for a speedy recovery from his injury.
October 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm #13124
Friday 6th October
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle 1 Plymouth Parkway 3
Tonight’s Friday night fixtures was one of those stand out games that people look for as soon as the fixtures are released and with perfect weather and little TV football a season’s high crowd so far of 379 were at Coach Road to enjoy a high quality match.
Argyle fielded a young team and in the early stages it looked as if the visiting Parkway squad were in for an easy night as Nick Milton opened the scoring after just 5 minutes and by the 17th minute it was 2-0 as former Argyle player Jordan Trott netted.
The 27th minute saw the pendulum start to shift though as Parkway were awarded a penalty and up stepped leading scorer Glynn Hobbs but despite a powerful spot kick the young Pilgrims ‘keeper Childs saved, and held, the effort for a real top quality bit of goal-keeping. This incident threatened to turn the tide and although the score remained 2-0 at the break the second half was barely underway when Argyle reduced the arrears through a deflected Rio Garside drive.
Parkway then had to withstand pressure from the hosts who went close to drawing level on a couple of occasions before Parkways resolve was rewarded 5 minutes from time when a Jordon Trott free kick made it 3-1 and secured the points.
Title decided ? Nope nothing is won in October, but Parkway are clearly the strong favourites and 33 points from 33 available puts them in the box seat.
October 7, 2017 at 6:48 pm #13146
Saturday 7th October
Devon Premier Cup 2nd Round : Kingsteignton Athletic 0 Holsworthy 1
Somewhere different today as I took in ambitious South Devon League club Kingsteignton Athletic’s County Cup tie with West Division side Holsworthy.
The compact but well cared for ground of the hosts, complete with carpeted stand on the halfway line (yep, carpet brought out before the game to fit over the painted benches in the stand!) was a pleasant setting with the weather in this part of the County at least being better than had been predicted.
The game sprang to life in the very first minute, my watch said 1.58pm at kick off and before it had turned into 2pm what proved to be the only goal of the game was scored ! A well struck effort from the edge of the box from the boot of Carlo Nash providing the effort.
After that both sides traded half chances, very rarely did either side carve open any glorious attempts, but the game was in the balance right up until the end of 7 minutes injury time (after a few minor injuries). On the balance of play the tie could have gone either way and although not high scoring fare, it was certainly a better choice of mine to take this in than some County Cup ties elsewhere today with at least 3 ending in double figure scores !
Also nice to have seen West side Holsworthy for the first time this season, must make a change for them too having to travel in a different direction than their away league matches in the West !
October 10, 2017 at 12:49 am #13165
Monday 9th October
SWP Premier Division : Sticker 2 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 3
For the second time in recent weeks I was honoured to be at a league clubs big switch on of brand new floodlights. Sticker are a superbly run club and as I expected their new installation was top class with 4 poles on each side of the immaculate pitch with 2 lights on each of the 8 poles.
Thankfully, and very deservedly, they were rewarded with a bumper crowd of 278 to see the first competitive game under the lights with officials from Cornwall Council, Cornwall FA and the League enjoying the hospitality.
On the pitch it was a cracking contest with the visitors taking an early lead, Sticker came back to level, Argyle re-took the lead and before half time Sticker scored again to get in at 2-2.
The second half saw chances at both ends but with neither club finding the net a draw looked a likely outcome but deep into stoppage time the visitors snatched all 3 points with almost the last kick of the game.
October 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm #13183
Tuesday 10th October
SWP Division One East : Bovey Tracey 2 Teignmouth 1
After Monday nights excursion down to Sticker, somewhere a bit closer to home tonight with a trip to Mill Marsh Park and a keenly contested Derby between 3rd placed Bovey Tracey (who had lost just once and I was present) and Teignmouth who had also lost just once (and again I was in attendance!)
For a long while I thought any “bad luck charm” would be allayed as the game was even for most of the 90 minutes, but a stunning winning goal 8 minutes from time will see me crossed off Teignmouths christmas card list !
The first half appeared to be heading goalless until in the 43rd minute Joe Bushin headed the hosts in front for a lead at the break. The second half was just 7 minutes old though when the scores were back level as Sam Chapman netted from a shot, before the goal of the game, goal of the month, who knows maybe even goal of the season !
Bushin with his back to goal did an aerobatic, backwards, scissor kick which flew into the net for a goal worthy of winning any game.
October 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm #13245
Tuesday 17th October
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 2 Ilfracombe Town 2
After an almost unheard of, week away from watching games I was back on the touchline tonight (staying local as on the mend rather than fighting fit) and was at Lords Meadow for a first visit of Ilfracombe Town since the two sides used to meet regularly in each others previous Western League days.
It was a well contested and very even contest in which a share of the spoils was probably a fair reflection. Ilfracombe took the lead early on with Kirton levelling before the break to make it 1-1 at half time. The second half started with the hosts taking the lead at 2-1 before the visitors applied pressure and eventually got themselves back on level terms 10 minutes from time. Crediton in the very end had to hang on for the precious point which sends them top of the table as they were reduced to 10 men for the last few moments following a last man foul just outside their box.
A word too for Aunty Mary’s home made half-time cake which was well tucked into by a good turnout of visiting club officials from Marlborough Park !
October 18, 2017 at 10:44 pm #13251
Wednesday 18th October
SWP Premier Division : Witheridge 0 Tavistock 6
A first trip to Edge Down Park for me this season and a chance to see bottom club Witheridge who are now under the player-management of the legend that is Roger Bonaparte !
In truth this was always going to be a tough ask for his new charges as they faced the reigning Champions Tavistock who have yet to lose a league game this season.
It was a murky, foggy night in Mid-Devon but the home side kept the visitors at bay for 25 minutes before two goals in 3 minutes in the 25th & 28th minutes confirmed where the points would be going to. 0-2 at half time became 0-3 shortly after with both Jack Tribble and Luke Brown having scored twice each to make it 4-0 before further goals from Jack Crago and Josh Grant made it 6-0, and a rather “average” goal scoring return for the Lambs – nothing really average about 60 goals by October, but 60 goals in 10 games is clearly 6 a game !
October 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm #13288
Saturday 28th October
FA Vase 1st Rd Proper : Newport IOW 5 Bovey Tracey 0.
East Division Bovey Tracey exited the FA Vase away at Step 5 Wessex League Premier opponents Newport IOW but the scoreline certainly flattered the Islanders.
An early goal from Charlie Urry opened the scoring after just 7 minutes to set the pattern with further goals in the 21st and 32nd making it 3-0 at the break.
Bovey had clear chances to score themselves, and if they had reduced the arrears, who knows what may have happened, but a frustrating day in front of goal was punished further by two late goals in the 83rd and 89th minutes.
So the run is over for another year, but not to be forgotten as two Western League scalps were taken before a grand day out to remember today “abroad”.
October 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm #13323
Tuesday 24th October
SWP West Division : Plymouth Marjon 1 Dobwalls 5
Marjon, boosted by being the only Plymouth side at Home tonight, had a seasons best attendance of around 50 spectators on campus and they were treated to an open and attacking match.
The scoring was actually opened by the Students who took an early lead before local rivals Dobwalls both levelled and took the lead before the half time break. The second half was just moments old when the visitors increased the lead to 3-1 and then were awarded a penalty to make it 4-1 before scoring another to give a final score of 5-1. The margin of victory probably flattered the visitors as they took the vast majority of their chances whilst the Students created several good opportunities but found the visiting ‘keeper in fine form, and when he was beaten the crossbar was also on hand to keep the winning margin in tact.
This was a first look for me of both Plymouth Marjon and Dobwalls this season and it was encouraging to see a good turn out and a more organised home club with refreshments and team-sheets on hand whilst the visitors who are under new management are clearly back moving in the right direction, even climbing back into the top half with tonight’s maximum points haul.
October 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm #13341
Wednesday 25th October
SWP Division One East : Budleigh Salterton 3 Alphington 1
Last season Budleigh Salterton needed a point from their final fixture of the season to avoid relegation, the lessons of that campaign appear to have been learnt and tonight’s win over Exeter based side Alphington has pushed the re-juvinated Robins up to the, relatively, dizzy heights of 6th spot.
On a surprisingly mild night the Grenway Lane hosts took a 1 goal advantage into the break from a fairly even first half but quickly doubled the lead shortly after the re-start. Alphington then had their best spell of the game and reduced the arrears and for a while looked as if they may salvage a point before the Robins made the game safe 8 minutes from time when they restored the two goal cushion.
Whilst things are looking up for the Robins this season, in contrast Alphington remain bottom of the table but they are far from being cast adrift and showed, at least in patches, tonight that they can pick up points and climb the table themselves before too long.
October 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm #13351
Friday 27th October
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle 1 Ivybridge Town 2
Lowly Ivybridge Town who started the night in 18th pulled off a surprise win away at Plymouth Argyle who sit in 2nd spot, and who would have gone top for at least 24 hours had they themselves collected the maximum points.
This was the reverse fixture of the very first game of the season which saw the Ivy’s host the Pilgrims also on a Friday night, way back in early August. Ironically that was the last time I had a chance to watch the Ivy’s before tonight.
The young Argyle side controlled the early exchanges without finding the target but midway through the half the visitors broke clear to open the scoring with Joe Truelove netting. The lead however lasted barely 60 seconds as almost straight from kick off the hosts attached and that ended with Alex Battle levelling.
The winning goal arrived just before the hour mark with a fine effort from outside the box by Reece Shanley and this time the visitors held the lead right through to the referees full time whistle to earn the points which lift them 2 places in the table and give themselves a small cushion ahead of the relegation zone.
October 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm #13364
Saturday 28th October
SWP Division One East : St Martins 3 Galmpton & Roselands 1
Having not seen Galmpton since August (their home defeat to new boys Ilfracombe) this was a chance for me to catch up with the much changed South Devon based club and see a St Martins side who, after an indifferent start to the season, and now climbing the table, indeed today’s win takes them up to 4th place.
The first half was, to be honest, pretty poor fayre with few scoring chances at either end and would have been goalless except for a well executed free kick from just outside the box which gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half was much more watchable with the hosts creating and spurning several chances before doubling the lead midway through the half and then with ten minutes or so to go the game sprang to life with first the visitors reduced to 10 men after a player was shown a second yellow card of the afternoon, but rather than that signal the end of the visitors chances, a defensive lapse allowed the 10 man visitors to reduce the arrears to 2-1 with 8 minutes remaining. For a short while it looked as if Galmpton might salvage an unlikely point but with just 2 minutes left on the clock it was St Martins that completed the scoring and making it 3-1.
St Martins climb to 4th and are very much in form, certainly any side that gets all 3 points at Minster Park will have to work for it against an organised and physical outfit, whilst Galmpton – courtesy of Alphingtons win today – are now bottom, but they have enough about them to think they won’t just accept staying in that position for too long.
October 31, 2017 at 10:39 pm #13388
Tuesday 31st October
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 3 Torridgeside 1
East Division leaders Crediton United chalked up a 10th league win of the season with this victory over a Torridgeside outfit who had lost fewer games than any other side this season, tonight’s reversal being just the 2nd of the season for the North Devon visitors.
Crediton took an early lead through an Adam Bilcock penalty and doubled the lead before half time when veteran striker Richard Blake headed home and 2-0 it was at the interval. An early 2nd half goal from Dan McCann made it 3-0 but the visitors rallied well and reduced the arrears through Neil Bettiss, indeed they had plenty of chances to have scored again and if they had pulled it back to within a goal who knows what may have resulted.
Aunty Mary didn’t have time for a home made cake, so it was tea & biscuits and an extended discussion on one of lifes great injustices – Should a jammy dodger have just jam or jam & cream ?
With Torridgeside the away team, and well supported by travelling fans, I ticked off the 17th and final East Division team as having been seen this season, the next few days however I have two planned trips over the border to Cornwall and to see at least two more sides I have yet to have seen in action this season !
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