Brixham Reserves breeze into Herald Cup quarters

Torbay Weekly

Torbay side Brixham AFC Reserves breezed into the last eight of the Torbay Clearance Services Herald Cup last Saturday afternoon, scoring seven without reply against SDFL Division Two opponents Newton Rovers. Chris Mitchell put away a hat-trick, James Deselincourt scored twice and there were singles from Alex Harding and Mark Griffiths.

Brixham will travel to Division Two side Ilsington Villa in the quarter-finals. The Windmill will host Division Two leaders Torquay Town, while Division One high-fliers Kingsteignton Athletic will travel to Watts Blake Bearne. There will definitely be at least one non-Premier Division side in the semi-finals as SGT Police Reserves, from Division Two, take on Division One leaders Paignton Saints Reserves.

There will be an all-SDFL county cup final for the first time in eight years, as both Kingsteignton Athletic and Chudleigh Athletic won their Robert Williams Estate Agents Senior Cup semi-finals. Mark Voisey was on target again for Kingsteignton, who are now pushing for four trophies. Kelsey Leech also found the net in a 2-0 win away at Topsham Town Reserves.

Chudleigh were at home to near-neighbours Teignmouth Reserves and also won 2-0, Jordan Armstrong and Aidan Brown with the goals.

A Torbay Clearance Services SDFL team has also reached the A&S Paving Devon Intermediate Cup final for the second season in a row. Ivybridge Town Development continued their successful debut season by knocking Torbay's Waldon Athletic Reserves out of the competition on penalties. Ivybridge will play Exeter side St. Thomas Social Club in the final at Coach Road, on 14th May. Chudleigh will play Kingsteignton a week later, at the same venue.

Buckfastleigh Rangers came from behind at East Allington United to celebrate an important victory in the SDFL Premier Division. Trailing 1-0 at the break to a deflected Fred Massey goal, Rangers fell further behind when Massey finished off a good Pirates move to score his second. But a brace from Luke Brown and an Ian Howse strike turned the game on its head. Rangers are now just two points behind leaders Brixham AFC Reserves, with a game in hand.

Watts Blake Bearne kept their title hopes alive with a resounding 5-1 triumph at Salcombe Town. Cam Gill scored a hat-trick, and he was joined on the score-sheet by Jakeb Heywood-Cann and Matt Battishill. Lee Morgan notched for the Crabs.

Joseph Clark-Farley, Keran Fletcher and Callum Foskett scored for Newton Abbot '66 in a 3-1 win at Ivybridge Town Reserves, Sam Stevens netting for the Ivies.

The Windmill trounced Barton Athletic 17-0 at Paignton Community College. Carlton Allen and Rhys Walton scored four apiece; Ash Walker, Andrew Crowmac and Ben Woodman hit doubles and there were solo strikes from Joe Burton, Michael Neal and Andrew Parker.

Beesands Rovers moved up to third in Division One with a 2-0 win over Harbertonford, Louis Brace and Adam Winkworth on target for the Bees. Paignton Villa celebrated a third win on the bounce as they overcame Upton Athletic 3-2 at South Devon College. Alfie Lloyds, Tom Parvin and Samuel Woodcock scored for Villa, with Samuel Lamburn and Alex Stevenson responding for Upton.

The top two in Division Two pulled off big wins. Torquay Town won 5-2 at home to SGT Police Reserves, while Ilsington Villa thrashed Watcombe Wanderers Reserves 11-2.

Goals from Shane Pike, Stuart Pointon and Jack Thomson helped unbeaten Division Three leaders Brixham Town to another victory. Hosts Paignton Saints Thirds scored through Daniel Clement and Brandon Pym but lost out 3-2. Totnes and Dartington beat Kingsbridge and Kellaton United 4-1 to move level on points with third-placed Teign Village. Liverton United Reserves sailed to a 6-1 win over Chudleigh Athletic Thirds.

In Division Four, Daniel Trezise scored four times for Brixham Town Reserves in a 7-1 home win over Barton Athletic Thirds. South Brent kept pace with a 7-2 win at Newton Rovers Reserves. Babbacombe Corinthians Reserves enjoyed a 5-2 victory over Watcombe Wanderers Thirds.