Roger and out with a treble
Rovers give him licence to thrill see report end
Well travelled but popular veteran Roger Bonaparte ended his long playing career with a hat-trick for Witheridge at Westexe Park Rangers thanks to a respectful home defence turning a blind eye. It was a touching exit for Roger but he will not be lost to the game as next season be will be managing a ladies team in Bideford his home town.
For once the limelight in the league at the weekend was not on Premier but on the remaining titles still outstanding. With points still to be awarded due to teams not raising a side, Halwill needed a big result to edge the One West crown and they did that with a massive 12-0 victory at home to Westexe Park Rangers.
In the only One East game played Teignmouth were 3-2 winners at Clyst Valley and swap places in mid-table, but that could yet change again once points are adjusted. Stan Hayes, Sonny Moore and Scott Baxter with the Tins goals.
The same situation for title waiting applies in Two East where Ottery St Mary had their match against Millwey Rise postponed as the visitors could not raise a side, and once confirmed the Otters should be awarded the three points with Axminster the long term leaders then having to settle for runners-up.
There was one result in this division East Budleigh and Exeter United sharing a 3-3 draw. Sam Rice with all three home goals, Chris Mackay, Steeve Yava and an own goal for United.
Another team awaiting points are Central for their postponed game against Bampton, and when awarded will be Two West champions. The ponies were able to field a team to play the last match in this division winning 9-2 at home to Culm United who have gallantly ended the season but without a win.
Bradninch were able to celebrate the Three West crown but they did it with a thrilling 4-3 win at home to Witheridge. Max Atifeh 2, Matt Reed and Sam Tapp with the Ninch goals, Dan Koita 2 and Harrison Welsh replying for Withy.
Broadclyst made sure of runners up with a 3-2 win against rivals Cullompton Rangers. George Fawell and Cullum Luke goals for Cully.
Elmore ended their season with an 8-1 win at home to Chagford.
The last match in Three East took place with Topsham Town beating Cranbrook United 2-1.
Loads of action in Four Central with champions Kenn Valley United rounding off their season winning 9-3 at home to City Raiders. Jamie Sly with yet another treble, Ben Saxton and Jamie Farrell both with braces, Oliver Crowe and Calum Finniemore with singles.
Whipton & Pinhoe enjoyed a 6-2 win against third place Beacon Knights, Andy Felton with a five bagger, Charlie Way with the other goals.
Cranbrook United were 3-1 winners at home to Exeter Panthers and Newton St Cyres won their derby match against Tedburn St Mary 3-2. Dom Cochran and Phill Anstee with the Teds goals.
Plenty of goals in the penultimate Four East matches played, Otterton leading the way as they won 10-1 against the Falcons. Rian Hill starring with a double hat-trick, Matt Lidstone 2, Liam Gallagher and Harry Rushton in the act as well.
Runners up Dawlish United had to work hard to pip Exmouth Town 3-2, Connor Walsh 2 and Billy Whittaker scoring. Callum Meldrum had both home goals.
Lympstone saw off Bradninch 3-1 which gives them a chance to finish outside the bottom two.
Four West champions Witheridge in their last match were 8-1 winners at Westexe Rovers, and 53 year old Rogers Bonaparte ended his playing days with a hat-trick courtesy of a Westexe team who were looking the other way for the third goal. Kieron Milton 2, Quinton Smith 2 and Joe Badcock with the other Withy goals.
Dolton Rangers in their first season in the league ended on a high winning 4-0 against Lapford, Jake Sillifant 2, Ben Mardon and Aaron Bazley scoring.
However the other story of the day was over at Amory Green Rovers who waited until the end to register their first win 3-1 at home to North Tawton. Jon Badger, Jordan Mitchell and Ashley Sparkes with the goals for a delighted Rovers.
Monday 31st May 2021