April 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm #18280
Monday 1st April
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 1 Torridgeside 2
The century of games involving SWP clubs this season was brought up tonight at Lords Meadow with an East Division clash between Crediton United and visiting Torridgeside, a good crowd was in attendance on a fine night for football and one of the closer trips for the visitors.
After a goalless first half, albeit an end to end encounter, one with several decent chances, the game came alive in the second period. The opening goal came on 58 minutes with a well executed free kick scored by Shaun Copp from outside the box to give the visitors the lead. Kirton however were soon back on level terms as just 6 minutes later Steve Goss scored from an acute angle to make it 1-1.
What proved to be the winning goal arrived 12 minutes from time with a cross-come-shot from well out by the touchline swung in by Scott Huxtable, and it deceived all before it nestled in the net.
April 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm #18295
Tuesday 2nd April
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle 2 Launceston 1
A meeting at Devon FA meant I was at Coach Road anyway so it would have been rude not to remain and watch the Pilgrims Premier Division clash with Launceston !
The Plymouth Argyle team was exceptionally young as they also fielded a team in the Central League during the afternoon, but the youngsters showed why they are regarded as prospects with a 2-1 win which keeps alive their slim, but mathematical, hopes of at top two finish.
Launceston however played their full part in the game and had as much play and as many chances as the Pilgrims but rarely found the final ball to trouble the hosts who scored twice before the break with goals in the 12th and 34th minutes.
Late on the Clarets did get themselves on the score sheet with substitute Cameron Webb scoring with a low drive in the 83rd minute which encouraged them to plug away until the final whistle as they searched for a leveller.
April 3, 2019 at 10:35 pm #18307
Wednsday 3rd April
SWP Division One East : Elmore 1 Liverton United 0
A first visit to Horsden Park since January 2nd tonight to watch the Eagles host lowly Liverton United who whilst still being at the foot of the table, have pulled off two wins and edged closer to 17th placed Budleigh Salterton since I last watched them.
The Liverton side were certainly organised, spirited and defensively sound as they made the 6th placed Eagles work hard for the victory, indeed for a long while it looked like Liverton would not go home empty handed. However in the 74th minute the all important goal came along with Rob Knight prodding home a cross into the box to seal a win for the hosts and leave Liverton pointless, but certainly not disgraced.
April 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm #18324
Saturday 6th April
SWP Division One East : University of Exeter 1 Newton Abbot Spurs 6
After a crazy day of sorting out where to watch I ended up at the closest game to my flat thanks to a mixture of all my regular lifts being busy, the road works at the Exebridges (weekend 3 of 4 lanes closed!) as they re-surface it, Dog-sitting for Toby and then even when I had left home a broken down bus meaning Cullompton Rangers v Launceston would have been touch and go if I waited for the next one !
I had not however been to University since August and had not seen Newton Spurs this calender year either, so at least I caught up on two clubs. The University were pretty well short shifted as term has ended and they fielded 11 players, no subs, a linno and nobody in the dugout at all ! Newton Abbot Spurs have found some form recently under the new management of Paul Froude & Tom Sercombe and they took full advantage of playing the Students at a favourable time to romp to a 6-1 win.
Ryan Keates opened the scoring in the 13th minute and just 3 minutes later a shot from distance from Harry Ford made it 2-0. Two goals in barely a minute from Dominic Osborne in the 38th and 39th minutes killed the match as a contest.
The second half saw Spurs lose their edge in front of goal and the Students kept plugging away and were rewarded 12 minutes from time when Luke Barner reduced the arrears, that brought on some fresh legs for the visitors with two substitutes getting on the pitch and amongst the goals as Jake Elms made it 5-1 after 85 and with a minute to go the veteran Tom Sercombe completed the scoring.
April 9, 2019 at 11:11 pm #18336
Tuesday 9th April
SWP Premier Division : Elburton Villa 1 Tavistock 7
With the Premier Division title race being a strong battle between Exmouth Town and Tavistock, I took the chance to watch Tavistock play the first of three games in hand on the current leaders, and they duly closed the gap to 6 points whilst also putting the goal-difference equation on their side as they followed up Saturdays 9-0 win at Camelford with a 7-1 win tonight.
Tavistock were always on the look out for goals and were ahead after just 11 minutes through Tyler Elliott, the leagues new leading scorer Josh Grant, who netted a double hat-trick at the weekend, could not get on the scoresheet, but his striking partner Jack Crago added a 2nd in the 26th minute, which was also the Lambs 100th league goal this season. When Warren Daw made it 3-0 before the break the game was over as a contest but the Lambs carried on looking for more goals after the break as goal difference could be the deciding factor this year.
Jack Crago made it 4-0 just after the hour mark with his second of the night, Luke Brown made it 5-0 after 76 minutes but the hosts then reduced the arrears with Lewis Chrimes scoring for Elburton Villa in the 83rd minute. A late flurry of action saw Tyler Elliott grab his 2nd of the night to make it 6-1 and then in stoppage time Luke Brown scored his second goal as well to make t 7-1. There was still time though for the visitors to be reduced to 10 men when Sam Hughes lashed out after being fouled and was shown a straight red card.
Tavistock host bottom club Sticker on Saturday whilst Exmouth have no game, so the chance to close the gap still further lays ahead with the Lambs playing the 2nd of those games in hand.
April 10, 2019 at 10:43 pm #18355
Wednesday 10th April
SWP Division One East : Bovey Tracey 3 Sidmouth Town 1
The Moorlanders kept alive their title hopes, as well as closing in on 2nd place, with a hard fought win over a disciplined and dogged Sidmouth Town outfit.
The first half saw the hosts have plenty of possession but rarely troubled a Vikings defence that dealt with anything thrown their way and ensured the game was goalless at the interval.
The first 15 minutes of the second half followed a similar pattern and for a while it looked as if the visitors were going to cause a shock and thwart the hosts ambitions, indeed the hosts were making changes off the bench before the deadlock was finally made. A 61st minute foul saw the referee award the hosts a penalty kick but even then Sean Finch’s spot kick was well saved by the Vikings keeper, he even saved the first follow up but the loose ball fell for Ollie Aplin who rammed the ball home through a sea of players.
The second goal came in the 74th minute and was the pick of the bunch with a corner kick to the back post being scissor kicked home by Lewis Woodmore. 2-0 with a quarter of an hour to go and that looked like that, but an almighty mistake by the home keeper who tried playing the ball out of his 6 yard box saw the ball run loose to the very greatful Ferenc Bodor who tucked it away to the mire of the blushing keeper. That led to 12 minutes of the visitors still in with a shout of an away point but as the game went into stoppage time the hosts finally settled the outcome with Lewis Perring running onto a through ball and shooting home.
April 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm #18372
Saturday 13th April
SWP Division One East : Brixham 0 Bovey Tracey 2
Just a second visit this season to Wall Park to watch Brixham in action in a top of the table clash and local derby with Bovey Tracey today. The two teams started the day as 2nd v 3rd and ended it as 3rd v 2nd !
After a typical opening period for a feisty local derby, the action started just before the break with first off the visitors taking the lead in the 40th minute through a fine Ollie Aplin header. The hosts however were then given a great chance to get back on level terms as they were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time but Liam McAuleys spot kick was superbly saved by Josh Nicol, who then also saved the rebound – ironically the same young keeper had made a howler on Wednesday night to gift Sidmouth Town a goal, but more than made amends today.
Brixham came close to drawing level at the start of the second period when Jamie Hodges saw his shot beat the keeper but hit the post and just on the hour mark they found themselves 2-0 down when Levi Rees scored with a well placed low drive. Brixham had no luck in front of goal and that was summed up when Mcauley saw a 72nd minute effort also hit the woodwork.
Bovey Tracey march on and are now in 2nd place and ready to seize anything that may come their way if leaders Stoke Gabriel falter in their remaining 4 matches.
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April 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm #18388
Tuesday 16th April
SWP Division One East : Elmore 1 Stoke Gabriel 2
A feisty and full throttle game at Horsdon Park tonight with Stoke Gabriel claiming a huge 3 points in their quest for the title, indeed after the win they now need a maximum of 7 points from 3 remaining matches.
The Railwaymen took the lead after a quarter of an hour through a Nathan Hebbes header and by the mid point of the first half they had not only a goal advantage but also a man advantage as Elmore saw Tom Tricker given a straight red card for a stamp on a visiting player, with Football League Referee Brett Huxtable showing no hesitation in producing a straight red card.
With the game in first half stoppage time the visitors doubled the lead through a low shot from Shaun Bowden and that looked as if they would be home and dry, but to be fair to the 10 men of Elmore the second half saw the Eagles take the game to the league leaders, when the divisions leading scorer Jordan Bastin reduced the arrears with 20 minutes to go it was the turn of Stoke to hang on for the points. The hosts hit the bar as they came close to pulling it all back level, but the visitors held onto the win and took a huge step towards the title.
April 19, 2019 at 7:07 pm #18409
Good Friday 19th April : 11am
SWP Division One West : Bere Alston United 1 Plymstock United 5
With the re-structure this summer I will have to say good-bye to a few clubs that have been under my remit for a very long time, Plymstock United as founder members of the old Devon County League being one of them, and it was good to go and see them in their last SWP outing.
I had only been to Bere Alston for a game once before as this is their first and only season in the SWP and they were again excellent hosts with several hoppers in attendance and they even took the lead as Chris Bray fired a shot in off the post on the half hour. Plymstock levelled on the stroke of half time with Jacob Smale firing in at an angle to make it 1-1.
The second half saw the visitors run away with the match as Connor Rush gave them a 52nd minute lead before Jacob Smale grabbed his 2nd on 77 minutes before Aaron Hulme scored the goal of the game from distance in the 79th minute. Jacob Smale complete the scoring and his own hat-trick with the final goal 5 minutes from time.
April 19, 2019 at 7:13 pm #18410
Good Friday 19th April : 3pm
SWP Division One West : Liskeard Athletic 2 Dobwalls 0
My second game of the day was still in the West Division, but this time over the border into Cornwall and a chance to watch leaders Liskeard Athletic in their final home game of the season.
The Lux Park hosts knew that Mousehole had already won earlier in the day so they went into the game still needing 4 points for the title and perhaps in the opening half that played on their minds as they were far from their best and at times local rivals Dobwalls threatened to be real party poopers as they created as much going forward as the hosts.
After a goalless first half though Liskeard finally found the breakthrough in the 52nd minute as Adam King saw his shot hit the woodwork and he was on hand to force home the loose ball. The winner came 5 minutes later when a delightful low cross found Dylan Peel and the big defender provided a deft touch for such a big man to double the lead.
Next up, on Wedsnesday night, Dobwalls again ! 1 point needed.
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April 20, 2019 at 11:39 pm #18416
Saturday 20th April
SWP Division One East : University of Exeter 2 Ilfracombe Town 5
With the vast majority of teams playing on Good Friday, the Saturday programme was only two fixtures and with an evening commitment it was a short trip to the University or nothing, so a glorious Sunny afternoon was spent watching grown men running around in the heat and a sensible referee allowing drinks breaks in each half !
Whilst the two teams have little to play for this season they turned in an entertaining and goal filled match with the visitors never behind. The opening goal came after just 9 minutes from Danny Ball but a bit of a howler from the visiting keeper gave the Students the chance to level through George Bratt after 33 minutes. The visitors the restorned the lead 6 minutes before half time through CJ Roberts but even then they could not hold the lead til the break as they conceded a needless, but most definate, penalty which Bratt duly scored from to make it 2-2 at the break.
The second half saw the visitors continue to attack, but also sort out their defensive frailties and they duly ran out comfortable winners with CJ Roberts restoring the lead on 66 minutes and then completing his hat-trick 5 minutes from time before late on Alfie Moulden was on hand to complete the scoring and seal the win which lifts them a place in the table to 7th position.
April 22, 2019 at 6:11 pm #18428
Easter Monday 22nd April
SWP Division One East: Stoke Gabriel 4 Ilfracombe Town 0
It had not been my intention to watch Ilfracombe twice in three days, but after Good Fridays results the possibility of being able to see the first title decided today proved the draw to the GJ Churchward Memorial Ground. A win for Stoke Gabriel and anything but a win for Bovey Tracey (who were away at Honiton Town) could have concluded the destination of the title, but whilst Stoke Gabriel completed the bit in their own hands, Bovey Traceys 4-1 win at Honiton meant Stoke will still need another point.
The visitors were caught in bank holiday traffic with the match kicking off late at 2.18 but for the opening period the bluebirds looked as if they could give the leaders a game. Two goals in 5 minutes though put paid to that with Mark Newbould opening the scoring with a fierce drive on 25 minutes and then in the 29th Newbould was at the far post for an easy tap-in to double the lead. Stoke scored their 100th league goal of the season just before half time as Liam Moseley scored from close range and we then had to wait until 3 minutes from time to complete the scoring as a delightful chipped effort from Nathan Hebbes finished the game off.
If Bovey win on Saturday (when Stoke have no game) then Stoke will go into the final outing at Sidmouth Town knowing a draw will get them over the line.
April 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm #18436
Tuesday 23rd April
SWP Division One East : Waldon Athletic 2 Sidmouth Town 3
With just one game tonight and with it being at Waldon Athletic who are nearing the end of their first season at Step 7, plenty of local, and not so local, ground-hoppers took the chance to “tick” Windmill Hill and they were treated to an honest enough end of season tussle.
The goal scoring came in two peaks with first Waldon taking a 13th minute lead through an angled Nick Rudge drive but straight from kick off the visitors restored parity as Scott Hughes provided an instant response.
That was it for an hours play in terms of goals but the last quarter of an hour saw plenty of action. First Waldon were awarded a 75th minute penalty but Rue De Garcia saw his spot kick well saved by the Vikings Jake Wreford. Sidmouth then scored twice in quick succession to go in front for the first time with Ferenc Bodor making it 2-1 in the 83rd and Ben Miller 3-1 in the 84th minute. There was still time for the hosts to pull one back as Kyle Doughty reduced the arrears a minute from time.
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April 24, 2019 at 10:04 pm #18446
Wednesday 24th April
SWP Division On West : Dobwalls 0 Liskeard Athletic 3
The West Division trophy was ferried to Lantoom Park tonight as long time leaders Liskeard Athletic needed just a point to seal the title, and they duly did that, and more, to win the game and lift the West Championship Cup at the final whistle.
It was my first visit this season to see Dobwalls at home and they were able to welcome a bumper crowd with the visitors being not just championship chasing, but also their local derby opponents.
Liskeard settled the nerves earlier in as Ben Collins fired them into a 10th minute lead and when Ben Waters made it 2-0 ten minutes from the interval all looked good. Dobwalls to be fair started the second half determined to make Liskeard work for the points as they pushed them back for a while, but any chance of them able to spoil the party was ended when Waters scored his 2nd and his teams 3rd with 83 minutes gone.
Wild celebrations at the final whistle with the Trophy & medals presented, and it was great to see the club stalwarts who have worked so hard behind the scenes at Lux Park enjoying the celebrations !
April 27, 2019 at 6:54 pm #18460
Saturday 27th April
SWP Premier Division: Plymouth Argye 1 Tavistock 4
A good crowd of 171 were at Coach Road on a bright but breezy day, to see if Tavistock could get over the line and clinch the Premier Division title. The Lambs knew they had to win to be sure of it and had a perfect start after just 8 minutes when leading scorer Josh Grant turned in a low cross to open the scoring. That though was to prove to be the only goal of the first half as the Pilgrims threatened to spoil the party, especially with news coming in that Exmouth had taken the lead at Bodmin.
Just as the Lambs had scored in the 8th minute of the first half, they did it again 8 minutes into the second period. This time Jack Crago was brought down in the box and Crago kept his nerve to score the penalty and seal the Golden Boot prize for himself. The two goal cushion didn’t last long though as Klaidi Lolos almost instantly reduced the arrears to 1-2.
The visitors were not to be denied though as they restored the two goal cushion in the 64th minute through Liam Prynn and when Argyle were reduced to ten men after Ryan Law was red carded the final gloss came in the 79th minute as Luke Brown completed the scoring.
Wild celebrations at the final whistle with the Cup being presented and I am sure those celebrations will go long into the night !
April 30, 2019 at 8:53 pm #18472
Tuesday 30th April
SWP Division One East : St Martins 1 Crediton United 1
A short trip out to Exminster tonight to see the only game of the evening as St Martins hosted Crediton United. To be honest the match was quite “end of season” in nature and probably a draw was a fair result.
Crediton United opened the scoring ten minutes before half time with Ollie Snow scoring from an angled drive and the hosts levelled up the contest just after the hour mark when Callum Hoare scored with a delightful chip over the advancing ‘keeper.
May 1, 2019 at 11:20 pm #18482
Wednesday 1st May
SWP Division One West : Mousehole 6 Porthleven 0
The longest journey for an SWP game for me tonight, although its always good to visit Mousehole to see the seemingly never ending improvements that are being made to Trungle Parc.
The hosts were assured of Runners-Up in the West Division but still played with a good tempo throughout to rack up another three points and another half a dozen goals as they ended with 106 scored, the highest in the division.
It took them just 4 minutes to open the scoring as Lez Cela scored and when Geren James made it 2-0 in just the 11th minute the result was never really in doubt. Further goals from Kieran Tolland and a second from Geren James made it 4-0 at the break. The second half saw Cela and Tolland both add second goals of the night to make it 6-0 by the hour mark. Late on Porthleven saw their night go from bad to worse as a late penalty was awarded only for Tornado Bello to hit the post and not reduce the arrears and then in stoppage time they had a player sent off for a second yellow card offence.
At the final whistle Mike Pett, league vice chairman, presented the Runners-Up trophy and medals to the Trungle Parc squad as they ended the season on a high.
May 2, 2019 at 10:40 pm #18490
Thursday 2nd May
Devon Premier Cup Final (At Devon FA HQ) : Bovey Tracey 5 Torridgeside 4
Two East Division sides contested this years Premier Cup final and produced a thrilling final which pretty well had it all ! Nine Goals, Two Penalties, One Red Card and an extra half hours play before Bovey Tracey were able to lift the Cup.
The first half saw five goals scored as Sean Finch gave Bovey a 9th minute lead only for Sam Fishwick to level it at 1-1 in the 27th minute. Bovey then restored their lead almost straight away with Ryan Batley scoring from the penalty spot. Two goals in 6 minutes from Torridgeside then turned the tie around as Neil Bettiss made it 2-2 with a towering header and Sam Fishwick scored his second to give the North Devon side a 3-2 lead at the break.
The second half didn’t see as many goals but was not without incident. Torridgeside were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining as Brian Levein picked up a second yellow card and that helped Bovey claw back on terms as Ciaran Bridger made it 3-3 with 12 minutes remaining. Bovey went close to scoring again before the 90 minutes were up but the scores remained level and into extra time it went.
The added half hour saw the side with the numerical advantage pull ahead with Lewis Perring making it 4-3 after 98 minutes and on the stroke of half time in extra time a second penalty, again scored by Ryan Batley, made it 5-3. Even then it was not over as Shaun Copp scored with a long range free kick in the 113th minute and that meant Bovey had to be on the back foot to hold onto the lead until the final whistle.
A cracking final, shame their has to be winner and a loser, as both sides provided quite some final !
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May 4, 2019 at 6:07 pm #18499
Saturday 4th May
SWP Division One East : Sidmouth Town 3 Stoke Gabriel 3
With Stoke Gabriel getting over the title winning line last weekend, without even kicking a ball as other results went for them, they took to the field – to a guard of honour of Sidmouth Town players – as East Champions. What therefore could have been a bit of an end of season match proved to be anything but as both sides contributed to a fine game with the goals, and the points, shared.
Stoke Gabriel opened the scoring through the veteran Dave Worthington in the 19th minute but the Vikings were level before the break as Scot Hughes made it 1-1. The hosts then threatened to spoil the party as they took a 76th minute lead through Ferenc Bodor to put them 2-1 up before the Champions responded and looked to have won it themselves as first a Josh Webber free kick made it 2-2 in the 81st and then Adam Dyson put the Railwaymen 3-2 up with just 5 minutes remaining. The hosts though were not to be denied and scored the goal of the game in the final moments with a stunning volley from Jack Hatswell that made it 3-3.
After the final whistle the East Division Championship Trophy and medals were presented to Stoke Gabriel by SWP Match Officials Director Keith Mann and the celebrations and champagne soon started – and will go on for a while yet I guess !
May 6, 2019 at 4:50 pm #18504
Monday 6th May
SWP Division One East : Elmore 2 Bovey Tracey 2
Bovey Tracey needed to avoid a record breaking 24 goal defeat to secure runners-up as the 858th of 858 SWP league games of the season were duly completed, and even managed to pick up a point as they came from 0-2 down to draw 2-2, a result that denied Elmore 4th place as they needed all 3 points to overhaul Torridgside.
The divisions leading scorer, Jordan Bastin, helped himself to two more goals for the Eagles with the first being a 13th minute penalty for the only goal of the opening half and the second coming very early in the second half with a fine strike.
Bovey Tracey were not to be denied though as they reduced the arrears through a close range Nick Barker header in the 63rd minute and with 9 minutes left they were awarded a penalty of their own. Up stepped, in last day fashion, keeper Josh Nicol to try and get a goal for himself but it was not to be as home ‘keeper Joe Moore saved the spot kick. With time running out though they earnt a share of the points through a well struck Ciaran Bridger shot.
The Bovey Tracey players received the Runners-Up Cup and medals at the final whistle, to go with the Devon Premier Cup they won last week, and complete a most impressive season.
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May 11, 2019 at 6:22 pm #18522
Saturday 11th May
Walter C Parson League Cup Final : Saltash United 1 Falmouth Town 0 (At St Blazey AFC)
The season was signed off in fine style with a late, late Dave Barker header giving the Ashes a 1-0 win to lift the Peninsula League Cup for the first time.
Blaise Park was back looking its best for the showpiece final and a record crowd for the league cup final of 585 were sun soaked for a tight, nip and tuck final which looked as if it may go to extra time before Barker sent the Ashes faithful into delight.
Falmouth had chances, probably the clearer ones, but couldn’t find the target much to the disappointment of the large group of supporters cheering them on.
Another season over – Enjoy the Summer !
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