July 29, 2018 at 7:11 pm #16175
A series of Tail’s from Walkies with Toby – The kindness or harshness of the reports can be improved with the provision of doggie treats, sausages etc etc !
Sunday 29th July
Charity Vase : St Martins 3 Millbrook 1 (At St Dennis AFC)
The first outing of the new season saw the traditional curtain raiser with the Champions of East & West meeting, with this year day being staged at St Dennis AFC. After weeks of wall to wall sunshine it was no surprise to see the rain return, but the pitches need it, so cannot complain too much !
The first goal of the season came with Ben Watson firing St Martins into the lead after half an hour which the Minstermen maintained to the interval. The East Champions doubled the advantage with a 59th minute penalty, again scored by Watson, before the goal of the game came from substitute Jamie Harkness who made it 3-0 after 82 minutes with Millbrook grabbing a late Tom Payne consolation.
It was a well fought encounter which will have helped both clubs prep for the upcoming season. A word too for St Martins, who travelled the furthest of todays four sides, arriving by coach, they stayed all afternoon and were only just seen heading back to Exminster at gone 5.30pm from a game that ended before 2pm – well done lads !
July 29, 2018 at 7:17 pm #16176
Sunday 29th July
Charity Bowl : Falmouth Town 2 Plymouth Parkway 1 (At St Dennis AFC)
The second part of the Charity day double saw Walter C Parson Cup winners, Falmouth Town, lift the Bowl for the very first time after a 2-1 win over Premier Champions Plymouth Parkway.
The sun made an appearance as the weather improved and a good sized crowd watched a close contest that was nothing like a pre-season friendly as both sides put in a good shift. Despite no goals in the first half, we did see a rare Red card in the Charity day as Parkways Nick Milton reacted to being fouled and was dismissed for violent conduct with the Falmouth player booked.
The opening goal came after 63 minutes with Dave Broglino firing Falmouth in front and then they had to defend deeply as Parkway piled on the pressure. A late flurry saw Falmouth break away to double the lead as Luke Brabyn made it 2-0 after 88 minutes but they could not rest easy as Parkway soon reduced the arrears through Aaron Bentleys header.
Both sides will I’m sure, in their respective competitions, have good seasons ahead of them.
August 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm #16231
Tuesday 7th August
SWP Premier Division : Millbrook 1 Saltash United 4
The opening night of league action saw a hop over the River Tamar and a visit to Premier new-boys Millbrook for their first ever game at Step 6.
Entering Jenkins Park it was obvious to see the work that has been done off the pitch with four of the six floodlight pylons up, extra hard standing and barriers added, new dugouts in place, and whilst their is still work to do the host club are clearly well on their way to meeting the FA grading standards.
On the pitch however, the visiting Ashes gave the hosts a lesson in the step up to Premier as they fired themselves into a 2 goal lead within the opening 11 minutes and were never in any danger of not collecting maximum points. The honour of the first goal of the season (tonight’s other games kicked off an hour later) fell to Sam Hughes who scored after 7 minutes from close range and just 4 minutes later Lewis Russell shot home to make it 2-0.
Millbrook then started to find their feet and kept the score at 0-2 to the half time break, but within 2 minutes of the re-start it was 3-0 after Chris O’Brien netted.
The hosts first ever goal at Step 6 arrived just after the hour mark, and indeed the strike was the best goal of the game, as Ryan Knight let fly from distance to reduce the arrears. The final word came from the visitors though as O’Brien scored his 2nd, and his teams 4th, with 10 minutes remaining.
All in all though an enjoyable night with plenty of familiar faces to meet up with again including Dave Deacon, Kevin Marriott, Mike Sampson and Gordon Bennett, not to mention the Callington “mafia” who were out in force !
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August 8, 2018 at 10:28 pm #16247
Wednesday 8th August
SWP Division One East : Elmore 4 Waldon Athletic 1
The battle of the Divisions two new boys drew a good sized crowd to a rainy Horsden Park as the two squared upto each other a few days earlier than planned due to the Throgmorton Champions Cup on Sunday.
Elmore who had a brief spell in the Premier Division a couple of years ago were soon off the mark with veteran striker James Mudge firing the Eagles into a 4th minute lead.
Waldon rode the early pressure and showed that they will compete in the division as they got back into the game and scored their first Step 7 goal after 27 minutes with a neat finish from Josh Mason making it 1-1.
The hosts edged back in front before the break with Stuart Davies scoring on his debut following a move from Champions St Martins and after the break it was soon 3-1 with Kieran Rapo netting. The scoring was completed 15 minutes from time through Jesse Howe.
Despite the rare wet weather it was a good nights entertainment and was good to see familiar faces in Chris Cole from Witheridge, Pete Gartrell fresh from a World Cup tour in Russia watching the finals and the Elmore behind the scenes stalwarts, they clearly still know how to make a positive impression – as I walked away with the cash from the Eagles 50/50 half time raffle !
August 10, 2018 at 10:42 pm #16263
Friday 10th August
SWP Division One East : Axminster Town 1 Sidmouth Town 0
The first Friday night games of the season, and the increase in attendances again clearly demonstrated as 171 were at Tiger Way to see the local derby between the Tigers and the Vikings.
The game started in typical derby mode with plenty of robust challenges from both sides and a very busy referee in the early stages, not least in the 11th minute when Darren Hutchings received a straight Red card for the hosts after reacting to a hefty challenge from Danny Clay of Sidmouth for which he received a caution.
Despite having 10 men for the best part of 80 minutes, the hosts, who are under the joint management of Josh Stunnell who had been in the Sidmouth camp until the summer, grabbed the three points with Tony Pinder scoring the all important goal after 27 minutes.
The visiting Vikings, under the new management of former Exmouth & Barnstaple boss Richard Pears, and giving debuts to many players, threatened on several occasions to restore parity but were unable to provide the final touch.
A cracking nights entertainment at the superb venue, between two sides who will, I’m sure, each a enjoy good season ahead.
August 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm #16275
Saturday 11th August
SWP Premier Division : Ivybridge Town 0 Torpoint Athletic 2
The first proper Saturday matches and after wall to wall sunshine, the weather changed to create proper football weather at a damp and drizzly Erme Valley.
Both sides were playing their first games of the new season and for the opening hour or so their was nothing to choose between them as defences dominated. Indeed a goalless draw looked firmly on the cards until, in the 71st minute, Torpoint substitute Sam West found space in the box and slotted home from 6 yards.
Like the proverbial bus, a second goal soon followed as just four minutes later Danny Zalick opened his account for the season with a low drive from the edge of the area. Ivybridge fashioned a few chances of their own with Kelvin Fyneboy going closest, but they failed to get off the mark as Torpoint retuirn over the ferry with all 3 points.
August 13, 2018 at 10:06 pm #16297
Monday 13th August
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 3 Bovey Tracey 4
A really cracking fixture to celebrate the return of Monday night football to Lords Meadow with Kyrton reverting to Monday nights for their floodlit games this season.
The decent attendance were treated to a 7 goal thriller with plenty of action and some quality goals throughout the contest.
Visitors, Bovey Tracey, made it 2 wins from 2 outings with the verdict and in fact were never behind in the contest as they tool an early lead through Charlie Johansen. The only other goal of the first half saw Michael White level for the hosts to make it 1-1 at the interval.
The second half was action packed to say the least – Bovey restored the lead after 48 through an angled effort from distance by Gavin Collins and three minutes later could have gone further ahead when awarded a penalty, but Kieran Bridgers effort was far too high and cleared the bar by several yards ! They paid the price shortly after as Steve Goss headed home a 56th minute corner to make it 2-2.
Bovey then looked to seal the game with Lewis Woodmore making it 3-2 and then a Ryan Batley deflected shot gave Bovey a two goal lead at 4-2 with 23 minutes remaining. Even then Kyrton reduced the arrears with a crisp, dipping drive from Ollie Snow and late on they pushed hard without success for a leveller.
A cracking nights entertainment !
August 14, 2018 at 10:54 pm #16313
Tuesday 14th August
SWP Premier Division : Launceston 1 Saltash United 4
A real game of “two halves” tonight at Pennygillam as all five goals were scored before the half time break. In fact the home side were the ones to open the scoring as Sam Davey gave the Clarets a 5th minute lead with a header which was a dream start as they were in action for the first time this season.
The visiting Ashes though have started the season in good form with a league win at Millbrook and an FA Cup win at home to Odd Down, and the Ashes were soon back on level terms as Richard Maddison levelled after 18 minutes.
Saltash took the lead midway through the half with Ryan Richards on target and it was Richards again who doubled the advantage with a neatly taken effort three minutes before half time, even then there was still time enough for a fourth goal with Sam Hughes getting in on the act in stoppage time.
The second half was largely uneventful with the Clarets trying to reduce the arrears without success and the Ashes seeing out the game and keeping their lead firmly intact.
A pleasure as always to visit Pennygillam and see many of the Clarets faithful for the first time this season.
TOBY BONUS: Nice belly rub from Paul “Spider” Hider !
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August 15, 2018 at 10:56 pm #16335
Wednesday 15th August
SWP Division One East : Sidmouth Town 1 Torridgeside 1
A first visit of the season to Manstone Lane and a first chance to see the visitors, Torridgeside, for an early season floodlit encounter.
This proved to be a very competitive, and hard fought, encounter which in the end finished in a draw which was probably the fair result.
North Devon side Torridgeside had got off to a winning start on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over the University of Exeter and in the early stages they were the better side tonight. In a tight affair they eventually edged in front when Nathan Walter rose well to head home a 33rd minute cross and that lead lasted until the very latter stages of the contest.
Sidmouth who are under the new management of Richard Pears, had lost their opening game 0-1 and for a long time it looked as if that scoreline would be repeated. The home side pushed hard for a leveller as the game wore on and came close in the 88th minute when a shot from outside the area rattled the crossbar before being cleared. With the game into stoppage time they did get back on level terms though as Ollie Jarrett fired home low from 8 yards to earn a first point of the new season.
August 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm #16344
Friday 17th August
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle Reserves 3 Elburton Villa 1
This was a hard fought and determined Plymouth “derby” but staged in Newton Abbot !
The Pilgrims had a strong side out but were made to work hard for what was their first win of the new season by an Elburton outfit who are coming to terms with the step up from the West Division.
Argyle took a 16th minute lead when a scramble saw the Villa keeper Jack Dixon parry away two efforts before, 3rd time lucky, Lionel Ainsworth converted. The visitors however were back on level terms just a quarter of an hour later when a powerful Matt Thackeray header from a corner made it 1-1.
The scores remained level until just 15 minutes from time, but a fine individual goal from substitute Alex Battle with a strong run and calm finish restored the lead. The scoring was completed in the 86th minute when a defensive error gave Luke Jephcott an easy chance to settle the result.
August 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm #16356
Saturday 18th August
SWP West Division : Bere Alston United 1 Liskeard Athletic 4
The first Saturday of the West Division season and I took the opportunity to take in Bere Alston’s first ever Step 7 game as they hosted Liskeard Athletic at The Down.
A well prepared pitch, programme produced and a smattering of hoppers including Paul from Clevedon, The Moose from Trowbridge, Richard Rundle were all part of a crowd of around 75 who were treated to a good contest.
The opening goal came from the visitors who had dominated the opening stages and went in front from a superb Sam Gilbert strike from distance. The hosts though responded well and got themselves back on level terms just before the break with Alex Lowe netting their first goal at this level to make it 1-1.
Until the latter stages it looked as if Bere Alston would get their first point too but the visitors extra possession finally paid off with James Lorenz bagging a quick fire hat-trick with goals in the 78th, 84th and 87th minutes. The first was well taken, the second took a wicked deflection and the third was a gratefully received defensive mix up to complete the hat-trick.
All in all a very enjoyable trip and great to visit a new club to the SWP and I hope to see them again during the season, visitors Liskeard will also be on my radar as I am sure come May they will not be far away in the shake up.
August 20, 2018 at 8:56 pm #16374
Monday 20th August
SWP Division One East : University of Exeter 2 Sidmouth Town 4
A cracking early evening kick off at Topsham Road this evening with a full tempo contest and six goals to entertain those present.
The Students have yet to get off the mark so far this season but came close tonight as they took the lead, not once, but twice, before the visitors ended the game strongly.
The home sides first attack after 9 minutes opened the scoring with Luke Barner slotting home low. The Vikings were back on level terms in the 27th minute when Martyn Hancock shot home but they were barely back on level terms for just three minutes when the Students restored the lead through George O’Neill. That was still not the end of the first half scoring though as the experienced Chris Duchenski levelled just before the break.
The second half saw the visitors the better side and they took the lead for the first time in the 53rd minute as Ollie Jarrett scored for the third game running for the visitors. What proved to be the winning goal came 19 minutes from time with Will Jenkins heading home to seal a 2nd win in three days for Richard Pears charges who have also scored 9 times in 2 games after only scoring once in their opening two contests.
Rare SWP night off tomorrow as I have a freebie at Yeovil Town v Oldham Athletic, but back with my clipboard somewhere on Wednesday night !
TOBY BONUS : Came down for “Walkies” but went home hungry !
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August 22, 2018 at 9:06 pm #16390
Wednesday 22nd August
SWP Division One East : Honiton Town 2 Budleigh Salterton 1
A visit out to Mountbatten Park tonight and a chance to see two teams who I had yet to see this season, who also started the game having not yet picked up a point between them.
On a lush green and well prepared pitch it was the hosts who opened the scoring in some style with Ben Ede scoring from inside his own half with along range lofted effort that deceived the visitors ‘keeper for what proved to be the only goal of the first half.
The second period was just 7 minutes old when the Hippos doubled the lead with Blake Freemantle shooting low into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. The final goal came 14 minutes from time as the visiting Robins reduced the arrears with a close range headed effort, but rather than look as if they would salvage a late point they ended the game with 10 men as the ‘keeper brought down Freemantle after racing out of his box and was promptly red carded.
The Hippos register their first 3 points whilst the Robins must try again on Saturday.
TOBY BONUS : Stayed on the stand side away from the Cricket square as the Groundsman was eyeing me up !
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August 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm #16422
Friday 24th August
SWP Premier Division : Torpoint Athletic 0 Plymouth Argyle 5
Torpoint played their first home game of the season after earlier matches were re-scheduled due to the sun-scorched pitch at The Mill – with ironically enough the match starting tonight in fairly steady rain !
Despite the weather a good crowd of 209 were at the match and were treated to a well contested game which was not as one sided as the scoreline suggests, in fact the late flurry of goals were harsh on the hosts, with the Pilgrims young side finishing strongly.
The only goal of the first half did not come until the 39th minute with Alex Battle heading home from close range to open the scoring and it was 0-1 at the interval.
The second half was 9 minutes old when Battle scored his second to double the scoring and the Pilgrims made the game safe with 20 minutes remaining Luke Jephcott scored with a shot from an acute angle.
With less than 10 minutes remaining Argyle were reduced to 10 men as Cameron Sangster received a 2nd yellow card, but the disadvantage in man power made no difference as Argyle scored goals in the 83rd and 86th minutes with Jephcott on target for both to complete a hat-trick inside 20 minutes of play.
Argyle are unbeaten from 4 matches so far this season and looked good tonight, Torpoint started with 4 points from their first two games but have now lost back to back games and will want to be amongst the points again soon.
TOBY BONUS : Met lots of other doggies at The Mill and had nice seat in the stand, but Fingers didn’t share the half time buffet with me !
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August 25, 2018 at 6:54 pm #16435
Saturday 25th August
SWP Division One East : Waldon Athletic 0 Bovey Tracey 4
A trip to Torquay and a first visit to new boys Waldon Athletic for me today and a chance, after taking in Bere Alston last weekend, to tick off watching a game at all the leagues venues once more.
On a hard and bobbly pitch and in an evenly, and at times fiercely contested, game it was not the easiest on the eye but in the end visiting Bovey Tracey extended their 100% start to the new campaign with a 4-0 win.
The hosts best chance came very early as they were awarded an 8th minute penalty but the taker saw his effort hit the post and although he hit home the rebound it was disallowed as no other player had touched the ball. The hosts luck didn’t improve either as their keeper, who was already a stand in custodian, went off injured after 25 minutes to be replaced by an outfield player and within 6 minutes he had been beaten with a shot from some distance by Dan Taylor to score what proved to be the only goal of the first half.
The visitors were much more dominant after the break and were 2-0 through Cirean Bridger after 47 and a superb bicycle kick from Cliff Walters made it 3-0 after 54 minutes. The scoring was completed just before full time with Lewis Perring getting in on the act.
Nice to have visited the newboys and a word of praise in particular for the clubs efforts with the matchday programme, a very good effort and just £2 which includes ground admission to Windmill Hill.
August 27, 2018 at 7:29 pm #16442
Monday 27th August
SWP Premier Division : Godolphin Atlantic 2 Millbrook 1
The first game of a bank holiday double saw Godolphin host newly promoted Millbrook with a lunchtime kick off and their were 122 at Godolphin Way to see the home side run out 2-1 victors.
The visitors started brightly but were caught out by a 16th minute breakaway which was scored by Phil Lowry and just after the half hour mark Lowry slotted home calmly from the edge of the box to double the lead.
Millbrook created as much, if not more, than the hosts but had no joy in front of goal which was demonstrated when a 50th minute penalty was awarded only for the home keeper to save it and later they saw a shot from distance beat the keeper all ends up, only to crash against the underside of the bar and bounce back into play.
With time running out though Millbrook finally pulled a goal back with a firm header from Zak Pearce, but they were unable to grab a leveller which left Godolphin to pick up 3 points and climb 4 places in the table.
TOBY BONUS : My favourite trip so far, even had Tania hand feeding me a sausage – yummy !
August 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm #16443
Monday 27th August
SWP Premier Division : Newquay 2 Helston Athletic 1
The second part of the bank holiday double saw 178 in attendance at Mount Wise to see the home side record just a 2nd win of the season with a 2-1 margin over visiting Helston Athletic.
The scoring was opened after just 7 minutes with Josh Harris scoring from close range but it was not long after that Helston restored parity as Tyler Cooke made it 1-1.
The first half saw many stoppages for injuries which included two players having to be substituted, and in the added on time at the end of the half it was the Peppermints who scored what proved to be the winning goal. Jack Bray-Evans was the scorer with a calm finish from 10 yards out.
The second half saw Helston try to get back on terms for a second time, but found the host defence in good form and in fact the closest to a late goal came the way of the hosts when Jose Perez saw his shot come back off the post.
TOBY BONUS : Lovely day out, got strokes from Sandra Biggin and a bit of Burger from Tracy Banfield – Oh I do like to be beside the seasside !
August 28, 2018 at 8:59 pm #16454
Tuesday 28th August
SWP Division One East : St Martins 6 University of Exeter 0
The East Division Champions bounced back to winning ways in some style tonight with a 6-0 win at home to local rivals the University of Exeter with the Minster Park men putting last Saturdays defeat at Elmore behibd them.
The Students had just the bare 11 players and are clearly struggling until the term resumes late in September, but worked hard and restricted the hosts to just one goal in the opening half with Dan Western scoring in the 28th minute to give them a 1-0 advantage at the break.
The second half saw the Champions score at regular intervals to run away with the points as Jake Chisholm made it 2-0 from close range after 51 minutes, Dan Western then scored two goals in a 10 minute spell in the 63rd and 72nd minutes which gave him his hat-trick.
Late on Ben Watson who had not found much luck in front of goal finally got on the score-sheet with the 5th before veteran Matt Byrne who was on as a substitute got the final touch to make it 6-0 with 5 minutes remaining. Even then they should have added another with a last minute penalty kick, but Watson saw his effort well saved by the Students ‘keeper.
Always good to pop out to Exminster and it was good to see the Civil Trio of Mark & Sue Willey and Clive Martin – Clive who did the programmes for Exwick Villa is now doing St Martins and it was certainly much improved and even included a summary of recent action written, not by I, but by my Yorkshire Terrier Toby who also came out to watch – “Toby’s Tails” to replace “Hiscox’s Hoppings” ???
TOBY BONUS : Got paid for my page in the programme with some Mini Cheddars from Mark Willey whilst Sue tried to help me escape – She’s a bad lady ya know !
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August 29, 2018 at 9:25 pm #16488
Wednesday 29th August
SWP Division One East : Alphington 1 Elmore 5
The final night of 6.30pm kick offs and with the weather being good, Toby and I took the decent walk out to The Chronicles and the chance to see Alphington for the first time this season. The Alphas home looked better than ever as on our arrival I was delighted to see installed two fine new dugouts and top notch they are too.
The visitors tonight were new boys Elmore who were hot from their Team of the Week Award winning performance over St Martins and boasting a 100% record from their opening games.
It took the visiting Eagles just 6 minutes to open the scoring with Kieran Rapo scoring from an angled drive and after 20 minutes it was 2-0 as Ian Patchett headed home from close range. Just after the half hour mark and Isaac Furness made it 3-0 before Jamie Mudge made sure of the verdict by making it 4-0 and it was not quite half time.
Either side of the break the hosts had a mini revival with Harry Warren reducing the arrears just before the half time whistle and within 4 minutes of the re-start they had a golden chance to reduce it further when they were awarded a penalty but Aidan Barrett in the Eagles goal saved well.
An unsavoury incident shortly after saw a foul on Mudge and then a lot of shoving and pushing with most of the players involved, when it was settled down the Referee sent off two home players who were both already on yellow cards and an Elmore player who was not already on a card received a yellow too.
With a 4-1 lead and 11 v 9 the last half hour was a low tempo affair with the points in the bag although Jamie Mudge did add his 2nd goal and the Eagles 5th to push his side level points with leaders Bovey Tracey with both those now played 5, won 5.
TOBY Bonus : A good “walkies” to and from the ground for Toby and still energy to try and play football with the children kicking a ball around beside the pitch !
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August 31, 2018 at 10:23 pm #16516
Friday 31st August
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle Reserves 3 Camelford 0
The Pilgrims extended their unbeaten start to the league season to six matches with this victory, but in truth it was hardly an inspiring performance from what looked on paper a very strong line up.
The initial start was good enough with Calum Dyson firing them in front after just 12 minutes, but for all the possession they rarely looked like adding to that in the first half. The second half saw another fairly early goal with Dyson again scoring, this time with a close ranger header, and Dyson could or should have completed his hat trick in the 86th minute when he took a penalty kick, but it was blazed astonishingly high of the crossbar. Shortly after Niall Canavan headed home to make it 3-0.
Camelford deserve much credit for sticking to their task and make life difficult for the hosts, and on a few occasions they threatened to get on the score-sheet themselves too.
TOBY BONUS : Got a stroke from Hilary the Camels Secretary and was quick to hoover up the cake crumbs at the half time hospitality table !
September 1, 2018 at 6:53 pm #16528
Saturday 1st September
FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round : Exmouth Town 4 Callington Town 1
A first visit of the season to Southern Road and a chance to see two teams in action that I had not already witnessed this season. Visiting Callington Town were also making their debut in the Vase, although it was hardly a great introduction as they fell behind within approximately 30 seconds as Exmouth scored from the first attack with Ace High opening the scoring.
The hosts were fairly comfortable throughout and doubled the lead after 20 minutes with Karl Rickard slotting home and it remained 2-0 through to half time and on past the hour mark.
A tie that was drifting along sprung to life with two goals in two minutes as Callington reduced the arrears direct from a 62nd minute corner only for the hosts to restore the two goal cushion in the 64th minute with Rickard again the scorer.
With ten minutes remaining Exmouth were awarded a clear cut penalty with Rickard given the spit kick responsibility which he duly scored from to complete his personal hat-trick.
Exmouth will host Western League Premier side Bridgwater Town in the next round in a fortnights time on September 15th.
September 4, 2018 at 9:45 pm #16535
Tuesday 4th September
SWP West Division : Liskeard Athletic 4 St Dennis 0
A trip over the Royal Albert Bridge on the train this evening and a visit to Lux Park to see Liskeard go top of the West table and bounce back from an FA Vase defeat at the weekend to Bovey Tracey.
Whilst 4-0 sounds pretty convincing, it was not as one sided as that especially in the first half when the visitors dominated the attacking chances, but they could do nothing to stop a 10th minute rocket from Tom Cleveland with the only goal of the half.
The second half started with the hosts scoring twice in the first 10 minutes with James Lorenz scoring both to continue his rich vein of early season goal scoring.
The final goal came late on with Tom Cleveland netting his 2nd and his teams 4th in the 88th minute to seal a 4th league win from 4 outings.
Toby Bonus : No Toby tonight but that meant he didnt get to meet Alfie & Violet – 2 bundles of cuteness owned by home Sec. Lianne Williams!
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September 5, 2018 at 10:44 pm #16557
Wednesday 5th September
SWP East Division : Budleigh Salterton 0 St Martins 1
A first visit of the season to Greenway Lane to see a Robins side who are pointless after a summer of management and player movement. With reigning Champions St Martins in town an away win was always the bookies favourite outcome, but a spirited performance by the young Robins saw them go mighty close to collecting a first point of the season.
The first half saw the visitors on top, although the hosts restricted them to a handful of chances and from one of those Ben Watson fired in a 27th minute effort for what proved to be the only goal of the contest.
As the game wore on, the Robins enjoyed the better of the contest and at times towards the end of the game they lay siege to the visitors goal as they pushed hard for an equaliser. The closest they came was 9 minutes from time when substitute Craig Higham saw his shot beat the ‘keeper but come back off the post before being cleared to safety.
On the evidence of this performance it won’t be long before the Robins are off the mark, but the points tonight went to St Martins who climbed two places to 4th in the table.
September 7, 2018 at 10:06 pm #16574
Friday 7th September
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 0 Stoke Gabriel 7
Stoke Gabriel climbed, until Saturdays matches at least, to the top of the East table and remain unbeaten after cruising to a 7-0 win away at Crediton United in a Friday night game at Lords Meadow.
Liam Moseley opened the scoring as he side stepped the home ‘keeper and slotted into an empty net after 12 minutes, but the main turning point came on the half hour mark. Kyrton ‘keeper Ben Dommett came out of his box to make a challenge which was deemed to have denied a goal scoring opportunity and was red carded. Kyrton were not just down to 10 with an hour to go, but had to put defender Matt Trenaman in goal as well. His first task was to pick the ball out of the net as Josh Webber scored direct from the free kick that had led to the red card.
Either side of the half time break Stoke Gabriel scored again to ensure the win with Kevin Dadd heading home in the 41st minute and Nathan Hebbes firing home in the 46th. Stoke’s Ollie Critchlow helped himself to the next two goals and in stoppage time Webber grabbed his second of the night to bring the scoring to a close.
My first look at Stoke Gabriel this season, hard not to be impressed, but equally all fell right for them tonight.
TOBY BONUS: Toby was the centre of attention and is made more welcome than the league secretary these days, even players coming off the field after being substituted stopping to say hello !
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September 8, 2018 at 7:13 pm #16586
Saturday 8th September
SWP Premier Division : Cullompton Rangers 0 Tavistock 2
A chance to watch two clubs that I had not yet seen in action this season was the reason for the trip to Speeds Meadow today. As always a warm welcome from the host club and a visit whose main controversy was the Devon way of “Cream first, jam on top” of the delicious half time scones, Toby would have enjoyed them but he was off for “walkies” with my grandchildren today.
As for the on the pitch action, it was not a particularly exciting or high tempo match and Tavistock did enough to extend their unbeaten start to the league season, without ever really out playing their hosts. A goal in each half was the difference with Liam Prynn opening the scoring with a low shot from 6 yards in the 22nd minute and a Dave Hallett shot from distance, which took a deflection, making the game safe with 11 minutes still on the clock.
Stoppage time saw the visitors have a chance to extend their lead when they were awarded a penalty, but Bailey Williams effort from the spot was well saved by home keeper Adam Seedhouse-Evans.
September 10, 2018 at 9:59 pm #16607
Monday 10th September
SWP Division One East: Crediton United 1 Ilfracombe Town 3
A quick re-visit to Lords Meadow as Kyrton played Home games on the rarer nights of Friday and Monday, but this did at least provide a chance to view Ilfracombe Town for the first time this season.
The visiting Bluebirds are unbeaten in 7 outings and up to 4th in the table with tonights win which comes just 48 hours after another away win on Saturday at Liverton United.
Two goals midway through the first half set the tone with the impressive Sam Box providing clinical, albeit close range, finishes for both. The first after 22 minutes was rammed home with his foot and two minutes later it was a headed goal that did the damage.
Crediton were much improved on Friday and battled away and 11 minutes into the second half they got back into the game when they were awarded a penalty which Simon Durrant duly scored from. Late in the game a goal would prove critical and it was the visitors that scored it to settle the result as Chris Roberts shot home low into the bottom corner after 83 minutes to seal the maximum points.
TOBY’s Tails : Toby allowed out to play again and he enjoyed plenty of attention, and then smuggled a bit of half time biscuit from the interval refreshments too !
September 11, 2018 at 11:21 pm #16620
Tuesday 11th September
SWP Division One West : Holsworthy 6 Bere Alston United 0
A trip North tonight and a chance to not only see, but also visit, Holsworthy for the first time this season and a chance to check on new-boys Bere Alston who were the visitors to a damp and murky Upcott Field.
Although the score was rather one sided and certainly the Magpies deserved the win, the game started with the visitors sharing the early pressure, in fact the opening goal did not arrive for half an hour when Joe Barker shot home from a low angled drive. Once the first goal went in the floodgates did open for a while though as Carlo Chandler finished off a fine move from defence to attack and before half time Dominic Abbot sealed the verdict as he made it 3-0 at the break.
The visitors came closest to pulling a goal back 5 minutes after the restart when Paul Simpson bundled the ball home only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.
Three further goals just after the hour mark came along in quick succession with Harry Barrett making it 4-0 after 63 minutes, within 3 minutes it was 5-0 as Harry Stevens got in on the act with a neat finish and by the 70th minute it was 6-0 as Joe Barker completed the scoring with his second of the night.
September 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm #16629
Wednesday 12th September
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 4 Saltash United 1
A very keenly contested match at Southern Road tonight where the hosts confirmed that they should be taken seriously as one of the main contenders after inflicting a first defeat of the season on the visitors, Saltash United.
The opening goal came inside the opening minute with Ace High prodding home the very first attack of the night for what proved to be the only goal of the first half.
The second period saw plenty of drama with first the Ashes getting back on level terms as Steve Sargison headed in to make it 1-1 after 49 minutes. Next up, in the 56th minute a rash foul led to a lot of pushing and shoving and when order was restored the visitors were reduced to 10 men with Henry Wilson sent off.
Exmouth took full advantage of the numerical superiority as they re-took the lead barely a minute later with Jimmy Hinds sliding in to tuck the ball home and then two further goals ensured the win. Karl Rickard made it 3-1 with an angled drive after 70 minutes and Aaron Denny completed the scoring in the 73rd.
A good crowd of 170 were present tonight, and with the improved football on offer it can only be hoped that they will be back to watch regularly.
September 14, 2018 at 10:37 pm #16658
Friday 14th September
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle Reserves 3 Millbrook 0
With most clubs on FA Vase duty this weekend, Plymouth Argyle & Millbrook who were both unable to enter, played their 10th league games of the season. Although the sides around the top have upto 3 games in hand now, the young Pilgrims climbed to the top of the table as they put another 3 points “in the bag”.
Millbrook were stubborn opponents though and made Argyle work for the win with only two goals in the last 20 minutes making the game safe. With Home Park boss Derek Adams watching on the opening goal didn’t come til just before half time with Alex Fletcher shooting home low.
The all important second goal arrived 19 minutes from time but even then Alex Battles shot took a deflection on its way past Chris Wearing in the Millbrook goal. Wearing then denied Fletcher in the 87th minute but his save rebounded back to the young striker who made no mistake the second time around to complete the scoring.
A very sporting encounter, cannot recall a booking or even a stern word from the excellent lady referee Stacey Ford and all in all an enjoyable Friday night out, Toby was also keen to prove that he does watch the games as you will see from his attentive gaze from the main stand at Coach Road below :
September 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm #16673
Saturday 15th September
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round : Falmouth Town 2 Clevedon Town 1
Thanks to the FA appointing match officials from Devon, I had a kind offer of a lift from the Exeter based referee which enabled a rare Saturday trip to one of my favourite grounds in the atmospheric Bickland Park.
Vase action and a Western League Premier opposition ensured it was always going to be a tight game and, in the end, Falmouth earnt and deserved their passage through to the 1st Round proper next month.
The first half however saw visiting Clevedon Town more than a match and they took a 24th minute lead when Lucas Vowles scored with a powerful header from a corner kick for what proved to be the only goal of the first period.
The second half saw the hosts far more attack minded and steadily they got on top and levelled after 52 minutes with a very similar goal to the visitors as James Ward scored with a towering header from a corner kick. What proved to be the winning goal came just after the hour mark with Dave Blizzard scoring with a rasping shot from the edge of the box that gave the keeper no chance.
Clevedon pushed late on for a leveller, but in truth any further goals could just have likely have come from Falmouth who missed a few chances on the break to put the tie to bed, but in the end 2-1 was enough to earn a place in Monday lunchtimes draw.
September 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm #16694
Tuesday 18th September
SWP Premier Division : Cullompton Rangers 0 Millbrook 0
After very nearly 200 games across the three divisions so far this season it was inevitable that a 0-0 scoreline would occur soon, and this was it (and as Toby had been confined to barracks it was my just punishment he says!)
Although both sides showed plenty of effort, chances were at a real premium with neither keeper often being seriously tested and a point each was indeed a fair result.
The main talking point was how the hosts had two players sent off (just days after ending the Vase game with Ivybridge with 9 players) but in fact still had ten players on the pitch this time! Dan Baily had been substituted and midway through the second half whilst stood in the technical area he made a comment to the referee and was promptly sent off. On the pitch meanwhile Ashley Donohue was red carded in the 78th minute to leave the on pitch team a man short.
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September 19, 2018 at 11:08 pm #16713
Wednesday 19th September
SWP Division One East : Sidmouth Town 3 Bovey Tracey 3
If last night’s game had seen no goals and few chances, tonight’s outing was the complete opposite with a thrilling and energetic match from start to finish and plenty to keep the good sized crowd enthralled.
Two statistical facts were also evident tonight, the 3-3 scoreline is the highest score draw so far in the division this season and Bovey Tracey saw their’s, and the last in the division, perfect record go, although they remain unbeaten from their 8 league outings so far.
The hosts were the first out of the blocks as Dan Churchill opened the scoring from close range in the 11th minute and by the 20th minute Ashley Small had rammed home to make it 2-0 to the Vikings. The visitors however were back in the game in double quick time as first Charlie Johansen reduced the arrears in the 24th minute and barely a minute later they were awarded a penalty which Sean Finch duly scored from to make it 2-2.
From 0-2 down in the 23rd minute, Bovey Tracey found themselves 3-2 up by the 33rd minute as captain Shane Gill slotted low past the advancing home ‘keeper. It was then the turn of the hosts to get back to scoring when they were awarded a 44th minute penalty of their own which Ashley Small duly converted to make it 3-3 at the break.
The second half obviously didn’t have the scoring and the drama of leads established & lost, but it was still an action packed 45 minutes with both sides very much going for the win. Each side went mighty close, Bovey Tracey had a shot from distance that beat the keeper but came back off the foot of the post whilst the hosts, very late on, had Ashley Small squaring the ball across the face of the goal but nobody could get the final touch on the tempting ball.
The only gripe about the game I can have was the theatrical falling about by players on both sides and the totally unnecessary appeals for a free kick for the slightest of touches, the referee did well to keep 2 committed teams with 11 each on the pitch but the flow of yellow cards inevitably saw a player pick up a 2nd card and that fate fell on Liam Head when a pullback to stop a counter attack saw a 2nd yellow and a red card in stoppage time.
Take nothing away from that though, this was a cracking game and true entertainment with both teams contributing and both teams picking up a very well deserved point.
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September 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm #16737
Friday 21st September
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle Reserves 3 Saltash United 2
A thrilling Friday night encounter at Coach Road between two of the top 6 sides in a game that see-sawed from one clubs advantage to the other.
After a quiet opening period Plymouth Argyle took a 38th minute lead from a superb quality goal. Alex Battle ran from midfield before unleashing an unstoppable shot to open the scoring, but the lead lasted barely a minute as the Ashes levelled through Ryan Richards from the very next attack to make it 1-1 at the break.
The second half saw Richards give the Ashes the lead with a 74th minute shot past Michael Cooper in the Pilgrims goal, but they too were unable to hold onto the lead for long as two minutes later a low drive from Luke Jephcott found the bottom corner.
Lots of drama in the last ten minutes with first Ryan Richards being sent off for what I would call a “wreckless” rather than “malicious” foul on home ‘keeper Cooper that required a lengthy stoppage for treatment. When play did re-start the Pilgrims took full advantage of being a man up with Klaidi Loloas scoring the winning goal. Even then the Ashes could have levelled again and claimed a penalty for handball, but the referee deemed it just outside the box and the resultant free kick was cleared away.
Toby Treat : Toby was on his best behaviour tonight and will be rewarded soon enough, especially as I won the half time 50/50 Draw and will be under orders to spend some of it on tasty dog snacks !
September 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm #16753
Saturday 22nd September
Walter C Parson Cup 1st Round : Bovey Tracey 2 Millbrook 1
The wet weather saw me find a ground with a good dry view from a grandstand ! Having not been to Mill Marsh Park this season it was Bovey Tracey from the East, hosting Premier side Millbrook in the Cup.
The hosts were missing several regulars and several from the team that had been so impressive in midweek whilst I watched a Millbrook side who I had seen in action twice recently and they had not scored a goal on either occasion!
The East Division side took the lead with the only goal of the first half as Owen Stockton fired home low in the 12th minute, but the visitors had as much, if not more, of the play but failed to create the clear chances their possession should have enabled.
With the visitors spurning chances it looked as if I was to see them draw another blank but just past the hour mark they finally scored and got back on level terms with Curtis Damerell shooting home from close range. The goal though did not ignite the spark and it was the hosts who restored the lead with what proved to be the winning goal as substitute Jamie Orchard turned in a low cross with 11 minutes remaining.
Bovey Tracey held on for the win, and a place in the 2nd round next month and another home tie against Premier opposition to look forward to as they will host Launceston.
Toby was absent today, having taken him out for his lunchtime walk in the rain he clearly does not like the wet stuff and stayed at home in the dry !
September 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm #16765
Monday 24th September
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 4 Waldon Athletic 1
Crediton came from behind to record a first win since August 22nd and climbed three places in the league table as a result. Hosting new-boys Waldon Athletic who were making their first visit to Lords Meadow the visitors started brightly and took the lead as Ashley Harris scored with a well struck low drive after just 9 minutes.
The hosts were soon back on level terms though as they were awarded a 14th minute penalty, although Waldon keeper Kit Glanville saved the initial effort from Simon Durrant the penalty taker was able to react and slot home the re-bound.
The game was then tied at 1-1 for the best part of an hours play and looked to be heading for a draw until the visitors conceded another penalty, with Durrant making no mistake with the kick to make it 2-1 in the 75th minute, the game was up three minutes later when Ollie Snow made it 3-1 with and angled drive that deceived Glanville and with pretty well the last kick of the game Marc Heritage, on as a substitute, added his teams 4th goal.
Toby Bonus: Toby was back at Lords Meadow and making a fashion statement tonight as he wore his brand new doggie coat to keep him warm now that the evenings are turning colder !
September 25, 2018 at 11:13 pm #16777
Tuesday 25th September
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle Reserves 0 Exmouth Town 1
A train journey down to Coach Road tonight (without Toby!) and a chance to watch Exmouth Town in away action against an Argyle side that were previously unbeaten at home.
The 1-0 win for Town came first courtesy of Nathan Cooper tucking away what proved to be the only goal of the game after just 7 minutes and later because of a disciplined and hard working performance from an Exmouth side who are genuine title contenders. Town have beaten Saltash and now Argyle in the league and lost just once, away at unbeaten Tavistock.
The Argyle team were young and lacked the first team “names” but under the watchful eye of Derek Adams and his managerial team team they never stopped running, and I can imagine a few aching legs from the visitors in the morning, but with the win in the bag they won’t be complaining too much.
September 26, 2018 at 10:26 pm #16781
Wednesday 26th September
SWP Division One East : Sidmouth Town 12 Liverton United 2
Having not seen Liverton United this season, and obviously concerned by them forfeiting the cup tie last Saturday, I took advantage of them being at Sidmouth and was pleased to see that they fulfilled the fixture with a full 11 players who clearly were committed, even if clearly they were out played by a Vikings side who made short work of collecting the maximum points.
It’s always difficult reporting on double figure scores, on the one hand you have to praise the victors for creating and scoring the goals, but on the other hand it’s not the fault of the players on the pitch, after all they turned out, fulfilled the game, and tried their best.
The scoring started in the very first minute with Ashley Small scoring from a low angled drive and Small was on hand to make it 2-0 in the 9th minute. Then for a while the visitors fought their way back into the game with a penalty awarded after 19 minutes being scored by Chris Newnham and three minutes later it was 2-2 as John Devine scored from distance with possibly the best goal of the match.
The hosts however soon re-established the lead and led 5-2 at the break thanks to an own goal, Martyn Hancock and Dan Churchill.
The second half saw two quick fire goals in the 55th and 57th minutes from Sam Johnson and a 2nd from Hancock before a 20 minute quiet patch with no further goals until a late rally saw Will Jenkins score his 1st in the 77th minute, then substitute Scot Hughes made it 9-2 and Rob Knight, another substitute, brought up the double figures in the 86th minute. Two late goals from Jenkins made it 11, then 12, and the last goal brought him his hat-trick.
The highest win in the league this season was duly recorded, and the first double figure score. Take nothing away from Sidmouth, they did their jobs to the full, but I and I’m sure all SWP followers, will hope Liverton, a friendly and long established club, can turn the corner soon.
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September 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm #16800
Friday 28th September
SWP Division One East : Newton Abbot Spurs 0 Stoke Gabriel 1
A good sized crowd of around 130 were at the Recreation Ground to see this Friday Night South Devon Derby with Newton Abbot Spurs hosting a Stoke Gabriel side that included no fewer than 7 former Spurs favourites in the starting 11.
Spurs had lost 0-9 at Torpoint last time out in the Cup, whilst Stoke Gabriel had won 9-1 in their last league outing, but this was all about local pride, defensive discipline, effort and application.
Lowly Spurs very nearly grabbed an unlikely point and had even had the ball in the net at 0-0, but riled out for offside, but their efforts in the end were in vain as a 79th minute free kick given for the keeper picking up a back pass, saw Danny Gaze nudge the ball to substitute Dean Stevens who shot low into the far corner for the games only goal.
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September 29, 2018 at 8:27 pm #16810
Saturday 29th September
SWP Premier Division : Millbrook 2 Elburton Villa 1
A trip over the ferry into Cornwall this afternoon for a chance to watch the only two Premier clubs who were promoted in the summer as West Champions Millbrook renewed rivalry with an Elburton Villa side who were also promoted from that division.
Jenkins Park was looking splendid as the ground improvements to reach Step 6 standards are well on track whilst on the pitch it was a tight and at times feisty affair.
Elburton Villa were the better side in the first half but had to wait until just 6 minutes before the break to get in front as Rob Mann fired home low for the only goal of the half. The second period was just moments old when the scores were back level as Jack Wood shot home from close range to make it 1-1 and that led to the hosts taking the upper hand.
What proved to be the winning goal came five minutes from time as Curtis Dammerell crossed for Rikki Shephard to head home from close range. What had at times been a niggly affair saw a melee of pushing and shoving late on and in a handful of yellow cards handed out, one was a second card meaning Villa’s Josh Tattersall was sent off and he missed the last few moments of the match.
October 2, 2018 at 11:08 pm #16829
Tuesday 2nd October
SWP Premier Division: Launceston 2 Cullompton Rangers 2
A second visit to Pennygillam this season as a presentation to groundsman Julian Sanders was made prior to kick off, it’s always great to acknowledge the volunteers that make the league so special!
Despite the nights choice of action being “on duty”, I choose well as this was an entertaining game with both sides playing some good attacking football and a draw probably being a fair result.
The hosts took a very early lead, didn’t get an accurate time for the goal but it was certainly from the first attack of the match with Tom Savigar shooting home low and across goal into the far corner. The Clarets had a fine opportunity to double the lead in the 27th minute when they were awarded a penalty, but Adam Seedhouse-Evans in the visitors goal produced an excellent save to prevent Jordan Hogan although just 4 minutes later Hogan made amends when he made it 2-0 with a shot from 8 yards.
The second half saw Cullompton come into the match and ten minutes after the re-start they were awarded a penalty of their own with Jordan Harris making no mistake. Shortly after another set piece, this time a free kick just outside the box, and another Jordan Harris goal and it was 2-2.
Both sides had half chances to win it late on, but a draw it was, with both teams starting the night with 10 points each and both ending it now on 11 points !
October 3, 2018 at 10:35 pm #16834
Wednesday 3rd October
SWP Division One East : Elmore 1 Appledore 1
A first visit to Horsden Park since the very opening night of the season and a chance to see in action an Appledore side who I had yet to watch this campaign. In truth I, like most in attendance at Horsden Park, expected to see the unbeaten league leaders have too much for the 16th placed Fishermen, but I was very much mistaken.
With tally’s of 16, 12 and 11 goals being scored in the last week it was great to see the slender margins and defences on top of a real battle royale with Appledore not there to make up the numbers and Elmore forced to throw everything forward to preserve an unbeaten run that stretches back 18 months with – and I have done my home work – 44 Wins and 4 Draws from their last 48 league outings, now 49 !
Elmore were sluggish in the first half and that allowed the visitors to grow in confidence as they found chances to get forward and with 24 minutes on the clock it was not against the run of play that Elliott Whitecross gave the visitors the lead when he turned and shot home in a crowded penalty area.
The second half saw Elmore push forward, but for the most part Appledore gave as good as they got and were just as likely to add another goal as to concede one which left to frustrations from the home side being all too clearly visible. But with time running out Elmore used all their substitutes, pushed forward at every opportunity and in the 89th minute they finally levelled through substitute Jamie Mudge to much relief from the home faithful.
Always difficult to say if a result so close was deserved, Elmore had the possession and the late pressure and will feel they did enough to get back on level terms, but Appledore were a credit to themselves, richly deserved the point, and will have gone back up the North Devon Link Road disappointed it wasn’t all three.
Champions league on TV whilst sat on your sofa ? No need when real drama and passion for the game is on display on your doorstep.
October 5, 2018 at 10:40 pm #16855
Friday 5th October
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle Reserves 6 Callington Town 3
Plymouth Argyle re-opened a 3 point gap at the top of the table, albeit from more games played, with an entertaining 6-3 win over Callington Town in this weeks only league Friday encounter.
The Pilgrims had lost at Newquay on Tuesday and had fielded teams at Barnsley on Tuesday and at home to Derby County in the Under 23 competition on Thursday night, so fielded again a very young side. The lack of experience though was made up for with the energy of youth as in reality the difference between the sides was that extra bit of fitness late in the game.
Argyle took the lead with an Isaace Burden header in the 24th minute with Callington then scoring with two headed goals of their own, Lloyd Russell making it 1-1 and then Paul McAdam giving Callington the lead. The sides were back level by the break though when Adam Randell scored from a superb free kick a few minutes before half time.
Callington restored their lead in the 56th minute when they were awarded a penalty which Kevin McCallion scored from but again the hosts were soon level as Klaidi Lolos made it 3-3 on the hour.
Late on it was the turn of Rio Garside to shine for the Pilgrims with the young striker making it 4-3 after 64 minutes, them 5-3 with 10 minutes to go before completing his hat trick in stoppage time.
A very open and entertaining game with plenty of well worked goals from both sides.
October 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm #16873
Saturday 6th October
SWP Premier Division: Exmouth Town 5 Ivybridge Town 0
With just four league games today the choice of where to go was limited, but a train ride down to Exmouth brought a chance to see an Ivybridge Town side in action for the first time since the opening weekend.
Exmouth are very much in the mix this season and in truth dominated the match to chalk up another win and also claim another clean sheet, they have conceded just 4 goals this season – the meanest defence by some margin.
Visiting Ivybridge kept the score level through the opening period but were undone by Town pressure and after Ace High had hit the post in the 27th minute from a tight angle it wasn’t long before the opening goal arrived with Aaron Denny shooting into the top corner in the 29th minute.
Two more goals before half time settled the contest with Exmouth awarded a 35th minute penalty for pulling which Nathan Cooper scored from and three minutes before the break an opportunist, cross come shot, sailed in from distance to the surprise of the scorer Scott Merritt.
The second half saw the hosts again have the majority of the play and in a low key 45 minutes they added a 75th minute goal through Max Gillard and with 6 minutes remaining Ace High finally got on scoresheet to complete the scoring with his 13th goal of the season, taking him to the top of the Divisions Golden Boot standings.
October 8, 2018 at 10:02 pm #16880
Monday 8th October
SWP East Division : Crediton United 3 Honiton Town 0
Monday night, must mean it’s Lords Meadow then, as Crediton are the only club to use Monday for midweek fixtures and were able to be the first club back into league action after a weekend break for the County Cup.
The hosts ran out 3-0 winners against a Honiton Town side that I had not seen since August, with the 3 points lifting Crediton up four places in the table, including leap-frogging the Hippos.
All three goals came in the first half with Kenny Ord opening the scoring when he slotted home from a superb defence splitting pass out of midfield. Shortly after it was 2-0 as a low cross was turned into the visitors own net for an own goal and just before half time it was 3-0 as Ord grabbed his second goal of the night.
Toby, in his smart coat, was at the game and met Dillon the dog of Western League press officer Kerry Miller who was taking in the game and Toby also enjoyed a few nibbles of half time biscuits as Chris Gillard tried to teach him “catch” !
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October 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm #16891
Tuesday 9th October
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle 5 St Austell 2
A thrilling and high quality game at Coach Road tonight with the current top two in the table going head to head.
Having not seen St Austell so far this season, but having heard good things about them, I was suitably impressed in the opening half of the contest as they started much the livelier and were on the front foot in the opening period. It came as no surprise when they took the lead, being scored by Mark Goldsworthy from a clear penalty kick award after 18 minutes and just three minutes later it was 2-0 as Goldsworthy again was on target, this time from open play. Although Argyle had some chances, including one stop superbly by visiting keeper Jason Chapman, it was still a surprise when Argyle reduced the arrears with virtually the last action of the first half, a free kick wasn’t cleared and Rio Garside poked the loose ball home.
The second half though saw the Pilgrims by far the better side, they were the side doing all the attacking and soon levelled with Alex Battle scoring from a 49th minute free kick. Just after the hour mark a superb run and well placed shot from Battle gave the hosts the lead for the first time at 3-2 and within minutes it was 4-2 as Lolos shot home from the edge of the box. The scoring was completed in the 81st minute with the impressive Alex Battle again scoring and in doing so completing his hat trick.
A lot is said about facing a “strong” or “weak” Argyle team – I have seen both, and seen both win and lose. Yes playing the “star” names may give a certain authority to a bad result against them, but tonight was another young team fielded as the club were also hosting Swindon Town in the Checkatrade Trophy at Home Park, but the performance, and the result against a strong and quality team like St Austell, proves football is decided on the pitch, 11 v 11, and not by the “names” on the team-sheet !
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October 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm #16906
Wednesday 10th October
SWP Division One East : Elmore 1 Torridgeside 2
A cracking game at Elmore tonight as two very much in-form teams met with the Eagles boasting an undefeated record and Torridgeside having lost just once.
The match was watched by a good crowd with plenty of support for the visitors and the game was a high tempo, full blooded affair which was a credit to Step 7 football.
The hosts took the lead with the only goal of the first period with Jordan Bastin firing in a low drive in the 34th minute to give the Eagles the advantage which they held until the 72nd minute. The visitors had been threatening before the goal came as Sam Fishwick had rattled the crossbar before Brian Levein slotted a shot past Aiden Barrett to make it 1-1.
With timing running out the visitors grabbed the winner in the 88th minute as Mark Bettiss rammed home Leveins low cross to record a victory that pushes them up a place in the table and keeps their own title hopes alive. In fact with Stoke Gabriel having lost on Tuesday night, their are now four clubs with a single defeat to their name and several other strong contenders not far behind with the East title race looking a very competitive one, especially as this weekend sees Stoke Gabriel and Elmore meet each other at the GJ Churchward Ground !
October 12, 2018 at 10:07 pm #16931
Friday 12th October
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 0 St Martins 1
This weeks Friday night game was at a very wet & windy Lords Meadow as Crediton United hosted St Martins in an East Devon local derby. Despite “Storm Callum” the pitch held up well with the greasy surface if anything helping speed the play along.
It was not just “Storm Callum” that struck though as the only goal of the game – and it was a goal worthy of winning the game – came in the 10th minute through a 30 yarder from “Callum” Hoare!
The remaining 80 minutes of play were shaded by the victors but they were unable to score again to make the game safe which led to the hosts having a few attacks of their own, especially late on, as they probed in vain for a leveller.
St Martins climb a place in the table to 3rd with the two sides above them – Stoke Gabriel & Elmore – due to play each other on Saturday.
Toby stayed at home tonight, having been out in the rain for “walkies” earlier he was not impressed by the weather and stayed home in the dry !
October 13, 2018 at 8:14 pm #16949
Saturday 13th October
SWP Premier Division : Camelford 1 Millbrook 2
With FA Vase games all over the place it may seem an odd choice today, but I get far too worked up watching “my” sides in the Vase and left that to my fellow league officers and had a pleasant trip to Trefrew Park to see Camelford at home for the first time this season.
Camels Secretary Hilary Kent tells me that Trefrew is the highest altitude ground in the SWP, and with the winds from Storm Callum blowing strongly I was not going to argue as I had visions of being blown, Mary Poppins style, out to sea ! (Side note – Storm Callum – Hmmm my eldest grandson is called Callum, is it all his fault ??)
Anyway back to the game, three well taken, albeit possibly wind assisted goals with the visitors Millbrook scoring the first two. A 7th minute swivel and poke from Dan Chapman set them on their way and just shy of the half hour a tremendous 30 yarder from Jake Foster made it 2-0.
With the Camels having more of the winds advantage in the second half they reduced the arrears when Andy Boxall scored direct from a 63rd minute free kick but they were unable to fashion another goal and slid to defeat whilst Millbrook continued to put points in the nag as todays win was hot on the heels of a midweek win at Callington. With no FA competitions to enter, as they didn’t have lights last March, Millbrook have got plenty of games played and plenty of points picked up.
Final word is not from Toby today, he was home alone, but the lemon drizzle cake made by Hilarys own fair hand – they were small slices, but I did have THREE !
October 16, 2018 at 10:46 pm #16964
Tuesday 16th October
FA Vase Replay : Holyport 0 Ivybridge Town 3
After a 400 mile round trip on a Tuesday night the Ivys booked themselves a 2nd Round local derby with Saltash United after a fine 3-0 win at Hellenic League side Holyport in Maidenhead.
The opening goal, after 2 hours of a 0-0 on Saturday, came from a mistake by home keeper Jake Quelch who palmed a cross over the line for an own goal.
Quelch though more than made amends with several fine saves which kept his team in the tie.
The Ivys dominant performance was eventually rewarded when Sam Stevens turned and shot home to double the lead and late on the icing on the cake was provided by a strike from an acute angle by Kelvin Fyneboy.
Early start, Long night, but the journey home the sweeter by the deserved win.
October 17, 2018 at 10:43 pm #16986
Wednesday 17th October
SWP Division One East : Bovey Tracey 2 Honiton Town 2
After a very late night in Berkshire last night, a much more close to home contest tonight with Bovey Tracey hosting Honiton Town my choice for my 50th SWP game of the season (50 by October 17th – I must be sad!)
If I needed help staying awake after too few hours sleep then the 2nd half action certainly helped although the first half was not overly dramatic with the only action of note an 11th minute clear penalty for the hosts which was taken by Owen Stockton only to be well saved by Alex Bowring for the Hippos but the re-bound was rammed home by Stockton for the only goal of the half.
The second period was frantic and at times feisty with the visitors coming back into the game and they had already hit the post before they eventually levelled as Ben Ede scored direct from a well placed 71st minute free kick. Bovey Tracey then restored the lead ten minutes later as a cross was turned in by Darren Witt for an own goal but the real drama then started.
A series of heavy challenges saw an 88th minute skirmish with the referee pulling the hosts Ryan Stanbridge and the visitors Aaron Doble who were both sent off for their part and it was 10 v 10. Into stoppage time and the Hippos were back level as a free kick was spilled by the home ‘keeper allowing substitute Rikki Pitter to tuck home the loose ball. Even then their was time for chances at both ends for a late winner and also for a third red card with the hosts having Owen Stockton sent off for comments to the referee.
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