OPENING DAY GOAL BONANZA
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Although hit by Covid postponements the opening day of the season provided a feast of goals with over 160 scored from just 28 matches. The League is also back in the formation of Premier then Divisions 1-9 and reaction from many clubs was very positive. Among the highlights was a first ever appearance in our league for Uplyme, South Zeal with their first ever second team game and a Chudleigh Athletic team in our ranks for the first time in 67 years. St Thomas Social Club also back after some 36 years enjoyed a good start, as did Heart of Oak in their first ever campaign. Read on for more details.
Just two matches in Premier but saw Thorverton setting a hot pace as they notched a nap hand at Sidmouth Town without reply. Star man was Lee Radford with a hat-trick, Ryan Moody and Ciaran Smith adding singles.
In the other game Kentisbeare needed just a single goal to capture maximum points against Beer Albion, Connor Pengelly with the strike.
Prolific scorer Dean Pidgeon struck twice for Sandford as they opened with a 3-1 win against Wellington in Division One. Lloyd Copp with the third and Jamie Fleet replying for the tangerines.
Chard Town edged Newtown 2-1, while Bow AAC and Hatherleigh Town shared a 2-2 draw. Matt Baker and Ciaran Nicks getting the home goals.
Four matches in Division Two with Teignmouth looking hugely impressive at Clyst Valley where they ran out 6-1 winners. Billy Binyon with a brace, Joe Sibay, Ryan Tresiddar, Dan Garswood and Chris Bennett with aces.
Dunkeswell Rovers began well winning 5-2 at home to Exmouth Spartans whose Rob Welsman and Maxon Howard scored consolations.Tipton St John also came good 3-0 at home to Otterton, Ryan Flack, Ash Baker and a Josh Bradley penalty splitting the teams.
Chagford won 3-1 at Uplowman Athletic who were delighted to have found enough players to get them on the road. Scorers for the moormen were Andrew Davis, Joe Howard and George Jeffrey.
Only one game featured in Division Three Pinhoe going home with the points from a 3-1 success.
29 goals scored in the three Division Four matches played, Cranbrook leading the parade with an 11-0 rout of Culm United who are also a side desparately in need of some new faces. A five goal haul for Joe Byrne, Dan McDonald with 2, Tom Purdy, Lewis Matthews, Callum Hoare and Fraser Browning with one each.
East Budleigh took care of the Bravehearts 9-2, Thomas Marker getting a hat-trick with doubles from Dan Atkinson and Jack Howarth. Nathan Penhallurick and Sam Balbi with singles.
Broadclyst were seven up without reply at Sidmouth in the other game played.
Two matches played in Division Five both home wins. AFC Exe edged Cheriton Fitzpaine 2-1 and Awliscombe United clipped Cranbrook United 1-0 with Ben Gay their scorer.
Kenn Valley United promoted up to Division Six were behind twice at home to Devon Yeoman but recovered to begin their campaign with a 3-2 success. Jamie Sly with both equalisers before Phil White converted a penalty for the winner.
New boys St Thomas Social Club back after some 36 years won their first game 3-0 against Broadclyst.
Okehampton Argyle beat Witheridge 3-1, but no dream start for Uplyme as they went under 5-2 against Broadclyst. Oliver Alner and Alexander Jones were the Uplyme scorers.
Ottery St Mary enjoyed their visit to Bradninch in Division Seven where they won 7-1. Jack Drew-Cull, Paddy O’Loughlin and Rikki Pitter weighed in with two goals each, Charlie Norris with a single.
AFC Morchard Bishop won the other game in this section 4-2 at home to Cheriton Fitzpaine, Liam Tucker getting a brace, Luca Marino and Stuart Rich also scoring. Dan Hoyland and Dan Woodcock with the cherries pick.
In Division Eight Matt Pengelly and Rafa Sotomayer both knocked in four goals for Westexe Rovers as they overran a youthful North Tawton 11-0. Bryan Mawson, Sean Jackson and Finlay Crocker shared the other three goals.
Tedburn St Mary beat Exeter Panthers 4-0, Wayne Brown, Brad Holland, Cameron Salter and Dan Stevens with the goals, Cranbrook United won 3-1 at home to Millwey Rise, while new boys Heart of Oak were delighted to get a 3-3 draw in their derby match at Whipton & Pinhoe.
Finally 32 goals from the three Division Nine matches played notably Feniton winning a thriller at Hatherleigh Town 10-4. Oscar Dennisson, Terry Marles, Jake Turner and Ashton Beck all scored doubles for Fenny, Mike Maloney and Aiden Mitchell with singles.
Starcross Dons topped the scoring winning 12-0 against Amory Green Rovers, Sam White with a hat-trick, Tyler Camp, Rafael Jurosz with doubles, and the others from Aaron Rice, Jack Wright, Graham Finn and Josh Kingshott.
Huge excitement for South Zeal 2nds as they won their first ever game 4-2 against Exmouth Rovers. Scott Hooper, Dillon Nicholas, George Walsh and an own goal doing the business.
Sunday 22nd August 2021