Finley grabs hat-trick as East Allington close gap on leaders

Teign Village 1-0 loss to St Thomas SC in Devon Intermediate Cup

Teign Village 1-0 loss to St Thomas SC in Devon Intermediate Cup - Credit: Neil Hocking

With the top two in cup action, and Watts Blake Bearne's trip to Salcombe rained off, last Saturday presented a chance for some of the chasers to close the gap in the TCS South Devon Football League. 

East Allington United took full advantage, scoring five without reply at home to Meadowbrook Athletic to move up to third. Finley Bullen scored a hat-trick and there were also goals from Finlay Watson and former Brook player Ben Bowhay. 

Elburton Villa Reserves and The Windmill also increased the pressure with victories. Elburton scored 20 against bottom club Barton Athletic witth Corbin Mackin and Cody Jones scoring half of the goals between them. Scott Allen, Sam Lang, Billy Tedder-Hart and Aaron Weeks each scored braces with Harrison Jones and Ryan Waterschoot also making the score sheet. 

Carlton Allen, Andrew Crowmac and Ashley Walker netted for The Windmill at Erme Valley in a 3-0 win over Ivybridge Town Reserves. The Windmill have now won three on the bounce. 

Two goals in five minutes, from Steve Bowker and Tom Kelly, gave Galmpton United a 2-0 half-time lead against Newton Abbot '66. Further strikes from Bowker and Kelly after the break, plus a Marc Hagland goal, saw the Greens wrap up a 5-1 victory, Tom Lowe with the visitors' effort. 

Ryan Lucassi and Tom Moody put Buckfastleigh Rangers 2-1 up at the Furzebrake in the Devon Premier Cup, but hosts Beer Albion turned the tables on the south Devon side and progressed to the quarter-finals with a 4-2 win, Josh French scoring twice. 

The SDFL's other Premier Cup hope, Brixham AFC Reserves, also exited the competition. The Fishermen were leading 1-0 at the break but two goals in four minutes saw Devon Football League opponents Alphington make it through to the last eight. 

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The one guaranteed quarter final spot went to fellow Division One outfit Chudleigh Athletic Reserves.