Cup hero Matthew steers Town into last eight

Torbay Weekly

Torbay Clearance Services Division One outfit Paignton Saints Reserves are through to the last eight of Herald Cup.

Saints ended Bovey Tracey Reserves' run with a 1-0 win at the Western Counties Roofing Ground, Jake Powell scoring the decisive goal in the first half.

Matthew Waye is becoming something of a cup hero for Division Two side Torquay Town, who join Saints in the hat. Waye scored the only goal of the game at Barton Cricket Club, as Town dispatched Premier Division team Ivybridge Town Reserves.

Kingsteignton Athletic moved a step closer to their second successive Herald Cup final with a 5-2 home win over Premier Division Buckfastleigh Rangers. Four goals from Mark Voisey secured their quarter-final place, and Lewis Plackett joined him on the score-sheet.

East Allington United, Herald Cup winners in both 2017 and 2018, were eliminated by The Windmill at Poole Lane. Ben Bowhay and Rhys Walton traded goals in the first half before Ashley Walker scored a second-half winner for the Plymouth side.

Ilsington Villa cruised into the last eight with an 11-2 triumph at fellow Division Two side Ipplepen Athletic Reserves. George Harris led the charge with a hat-trick while Jack Langford and Matt Warman managed two apiece. There was just the one goal for Dan Langford this week, and Jamie Beer, Jack Dixon and sub Hayden Binmore also found the net.

Watts Blake Bearne, who last won the Herald Cup back in 2010, made the last eight without kicking a ball, because Harbertonford were unable to raise a side.

The remaining quarter-final place will go to either league leaders Brixham AFC Reserves or Division Two side Newton Rovers. They are due to lock horns at Wall Park this Saturday.

The Herald Cup is kindly sponsored by Torbay Clearance Services, and the final is due to be played on 20th May at The Rec, Newton Abbot

Brixham should be in good spirits for their cup tie. Following the previous week's extra-time George Belli Cup defeat at the hands of Elburton Villa Reserves, the Fishermen returned to Haye Road last Saturday and collected a valuable three league points. Mitchell Thomas put away a hat-trick and top scorer Mark Griffiths also netted in a 4-1 win. Brixham now lead the division by five points, but both Buckfastleigh and Elburton have two games in hand.

The Premier division's leading goalscorer, Salcombe Town's Ash Yeoman, added another to his tally at Osborne Park. But Jordan Pidwell's strike earned Newton Abbot '66 a share of the spoils, denting The Crabs' title chances.

Daniel Block scored five goals for Meadowbrook Athletic in their 7-1 home win over bottom team Barton Athletic. Liam Collings managed a brace with Michael Ventre on target for Barton.

Waldon Athletic celebrated an important 2-1 win at Beesands Rovers in Division One, climbing to second place. Paignton Villa enjoyed a second win and clean sheet in a row as they put five past Kingskerswell and Chelston. Harry Atkinson and Alfie Lloyds scored two apiece with Samuel Woodcock also netting.

Two Charlie Rowe goals were not enough for bottom team Upton Athletic as they lost out 3-2 at home to Chudleigh Athletic. Aidan Brown, Jack Morrison and Matthew Williams scored Chudleigh's goals.

Babbacombe Corinthians moved back up to third in Division Two, Curtis Marshall scoring four times in a 10-0 drubbing of Dartmouth AFC Reserves. William Kerslake scored twice for Corries with Ryan Mellish, Lee McArthur, Callum Leeds and Sam Swann also contributing.

Newton Abbot Spurs Thirds took a first minute lead and went two up against visiting Barton Athletic Reserves. But a superb strike just before the break got Barton back into the game, and the Torquay side ran out 4-3 winners. SGT Police Reserves enjoyed a 4-1 home win over Watcombe Wanderers Reserves.

Elsewhere in the SDFL, there were wins Paignton Villa Reserves, Ivybridge Town Development, Watts Blake Bearne Reserves, Chudleigh Athletic Thirds, Totnes & Dartington Reserves, Paignton Saints Thirds, Waldon Athletic Reserves and Newton Rovers Reserves.