DFL Round-Up

A round-up of the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon Football League fixtures from the weekend

Congratulations to Liverton United, who have endured a tough start to life in the Scott Richards Solicitors DFL but produced an outstanding display in the North & East Division to record a tense 1-0 win over Budleigh Salterton, with Sam Hebbes smashing home a fantastic winner.

It was, unfortunately, a different afternoon for the other clubs in the bottom three, as both Clyst Valley and Bovey Tracey Reserves went down to defeats. Bovey suffered a painful 8-0 loss at Exwick Villa, with Mitch Ward scoring a hat-trick, a brace from Jesse Howe and further goals from Mark Saunders, Jordan Ford and Ash Hudd.

Clyst came a lot closer against the Heavies and actually scored the opener through Troy Membury but Dylan King replied for the visitors and Matt Feeny rifled into the bottom corner for a 2-1 Heavitree lead. Two more goals gave Heavitree a cushion, although Harry Elliott did manage a late consolation for Clyst.

Newtown maintained their position at the top of the table with a 3-0 triumph at Chudleigh Athletic, thanks to goals from Jack Gill, Cory O’Donoghue and Daniel Gill. Teignmouth also enjoyed a happy day on the road, winning 6-1 at Topsham Town with a Sean Ayre brace and goals from Geoff Breslan, Sam Chapman, Jack Baxter and Jamie Moore.   

A feisty encounter in the final game from this division and a last-minute goal from Ben Aiken gave Braunton a 2-1 victory at home to St Martins. Mark Thorne scored the opener for Braunton with a terrific header.

In the South & West Division, there was an incredible result for bottom club Paignton Villa, dishing out an 8-0 tonking to Lakeside Athletic. Chris Srdinko scored a hat-trick, there was a brace from Zach Norton and James Wootton, Sam Woodcock and Fran Durham also on target.

A fine weekend for teams at the bottom continued with Ottery St Mary defeating Plymstock United 3-1 and the Plymouth Argyle Development side drew 2-2 at home to Tavistock Reserves, with the in-form Josh Johnson grabbing a brace for the Pilgrims.

S&W leaders Kingsteignton Athletic won 4-3 at Paignton Saints in a superb game of football and it was the same scoreline of success for Roselands at Bere Alston United, with goals from Alex Kassis, Joe Aldous, Sam Chorley and Michael Farnham turning a 3-1 deficit into a dramatic victory.

The final two games brought more smiles for away teams, as Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves secured a 2-0 win at Plympton Athletic and Waldon Athletic were equally proficient in their 4-2 victory at Totnes & Dartington.

There was also one game in the McDonalds League Cup and, sticking with the theme, it was another cracker, as Exmouth Town Reserves battled through a red card and extra time to eventually record an entertaining 3-2 victory at Witheridge.