Shocks and surprises in the Herald Cup

Torbay Weekly

Ilsington Villa and Newton Rovers delivered the biggest Herald Cup upsets last Saturday, the Division Two sides both dumping out Premier Division opponents to make the last 16.

Villa were entertaining Salcombe Town and raced into a two-goal lead, courtesy of goals from top scorer Dan Langford and Jack Dixon. The Crabs responded well and were back on level terms by the break, Lee Morgan and Samuel Inch on target. Matt Warman then sent the third-tier side through in extra time.

Newton Rovers' win was even sweeter as they were hosting local rivals Newton Abbot '66. Ben French scored the only goal of the game to set up a Third Round tie at Brixham AFC Reserves.

Brixham conceded four the last time they hosted fellow Premier Division side Elburton Villa Reserves, but secured a 3-0 win on this occasion.

League leaders Buckfastleigh Rangers knocked out Division One side Chudleigh Athletic Reserves at the Duckspond. Charlie Morgan, Curtis Wood and Josh Zimmerman each found the net in a 3-1 victory. Rangers will travel to Broadpark in the last 16 to face current Division One leaders Kingsteignton Athletic. Mark Voisey and Chris Barnett were among the goals as the Rams defeated Division Three outfit Totnes and Dartington Reserves 4-2.

Finley Bullen put away a hat-trick as East Allington put Upton Athletic to the sword at Armada Park. Josh Pascoe scored twice, as the Pirates won 10-0.

Watts Blake Bearne also scored ten, as the Claymen dispatched Division Three opponents Bishopsteignton United 10-1 at Abbrook Park. Cam Gill led the scoring with four goals, and Wattsies have been drawn away to Harbertonford in the Third Round.

Daniel Ahearn scored the only goal of the game for Ivybridge Town Reserves as they successfully negotiated a tricky tie away at Division One side Waldon Athletic to set up another away tie at Division Two leaders Torquay Town.

That will please Torquay's Matt Waye who was eager for his team to be drawn against 'one of the big boys' after his headed goal clinched the victory against Paignton Villa.

Town took the lead in the tenth minute, Curtis Booth curling in a powerful shot at the near post. But Villa deservedly went in level at the break, Joe Windsor tapping home the rebound after Scott Corderoy had saved Graham Mercieca's low drive.

"We were a bit lethargic first half, and we just weren't competitive enough," admitted Waye. "We had a word at half time and said we needed to be a yard quicker. The lads did it. I'll take my hat off to them, they put a shift in."

Torquay started the second half on the front foot. Liam Ford's pinpoint cross unlocked the Villa defence and up rose Waye to head home.

"It was a stretch to get to the ball before the goalkeeper," laughed Waye. "I'm 45 this year and have been playing local football since I was 16. I'm still enjoying it, and can still compete with the younger lads.

“We're just a bunch of old lads who want to enjoy our football. We got back together this year and are doing really well."

Villa will be hoping to bounce back quickly as they face rivals Paignton Saints Reserves in the league this week. Saints returned from Teign Village triumphant on Saturday, Brandon Kelly, Jake Powell and Danny Rainbow on target in a 3-1 win.

Familiar foes Ilsington Villa and Babbacombe Corinthians will lock horns again in the Third Round. Corries enjoyed a 7-2 win over Ipplepen Athletic Reserves with Harry Denby scoring a hat-trick.

There was also a hat-trick for Jack Cousins as Division Two side Stoke Gabriel and Torbay Police Development secured a 4-2 win at South Brent from Division Four.

The guaranteed Division Three spot went to Broadhempston United who picked up their first win of the season away at Kingsbridge and Kellaton United.