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Five star Braunton show cup promise at Tavistock

16:22 19 September 2012

Equalizers v Woolsery

Equalizers v Woolsery

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BRAUNTON hit Tavistock Reserves for five as they took a step into the second round of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup on Saturday.

The visitors scored five goals without reply on an immaculate playing surface at a Langsford Park ground that hosted Leeds United in July.

Sam Box scored two and Callum Norman, James Galliford and Louis Murrell (pen) were also on target to help set up a round two tie at Roborough on October 6.

Torridgeside were awarded a home walk-over against Abbotskerswell but it was a disappointing afternoon for travelling Georgeham and Croyde and Shebbear United sides, who both fell at the first hurdle of this year’s competition.

Georgeham lost 3-0 at Thorverton while Shebbear were beaten 9-0 at Kingskerswell and Chelston.

In the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup, Park United regained their composure to come from behind and beat Sandford 4-1.

Matt Lewis rifled a 25-yard second-half equaliser that left the keeper rooted to the spot and the hosts took the lead following a good team effort clinically finished by Stephen Skinner.

Mark Hill then produced a moment of magic on the edge of the area with some fancy footwork that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Strictly Come Dancing. He followed up with a curling shot which found the top corner.

There was still time for the deadly Dave Brown to round things off with a low strike which had the keeper easily beaten.

Lynton and Lynmouth also came from behind to see off travelling opponents in the form of Axminster Town Reserves.

It could have been far worse due to some poor defending and goalkeeping in the early stages but Jack Osmond atoned for an earlier error by producing a good save, tipping a shot onto the bar with the follow up shot being cleared off the line by Duncan Almond.

Shortly before half-time a crucial goal pulled it back to 2-1, when a cross field pass was met with a sensational 30-yard volley by the excellent Steve Kingdon that dipped and flew in off the underside of the crossbar.

This changed the whole dynamic of the game and it was soon 2-2 at the start of the second half when Max Smith headed in a corner.

Axminster hit the hosts on the break to make it 2-3 but a Kingdon through ball was met by Luke Dyer who rounded the keeper to level at 3-3.

Smith then made it 4-3. In total control Dyer got his second to make it 5-3 and Smith completed his hat-trick to make it 6-3 in a memorable turnaround.

Torrington put in a stubborn first half performance to go in 3-1 up at the break against a good Langdon side.

The Greens went a goal down but hit back at the Dawlish side with a penalty by Kai Dymond and a 25-yard cracker by Cory Hynd. Danny Jenkins made it 3-1 as the visitors took what chances they had.

After the re-start it was a different story as Jenkins went on to score three more to help the Green’s into round two with a 6-3 win.

Adam Halling scored a hat-trick for Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves in a 4-3 win at Buckland Athletic Thirds.

James Bateman hit the visitors’ fourth goal towards the end of a match that Shammy managed to keep their noses in front throughout.

Witheridge Reserves won 2-0 at Kingskerswell and Chelston Reserves.

Northam Lions were awarded a home-walkover against Exeter Civil Service Reserves, while Combe Martin were given similar passage into round two courtesy of an away-walkover against Whipton and Pinhoe.

Fremington were beaten 2-1 at Kingsteignton Athletic Reserves, Woolsery lost 3-2 at home to Yelverton and there were defeats too for Winkleigh, Chulmleigh and Merton.

In the Buddens Westinsure Devon Intermediate Cup, Barnstaple FC hit double figures against Georgeham and Croyde Reserves.

Wayne Goldsmith was the top scorer with four, while Connor Nash hit a hat-trick, Stuart Mckinnon scored two and Dan Squires scored one in the 10-0 win against the lower league side.

Following a hat-trick in the league last week, Darren Reeks hit five as Anchor Chiefs beat Buckland Brewer 7-2. Tom Frost and Lee Rogers also scored.

Chiefs manager Mick Tattersall said: “Darren Reeks has been a work in progress after building back his fitness. He is now showing good form with a hat-trick last week and five this week.

“After the merger and the new additions to the club I could not be happier the way both teams are pulling together. The seconds have been unlucky with some off their results but are looking stronger each game.

“We have the making of something possibly very special this season.”

Ben Talyor got Equalizers off to a good start with a 4-0 win at home to Woolsery.

Luke Phillips made it 2-0 with a 20-yard top corner strike on his return to the club from a spell at Landkey.

Mathew Mitchell and Taylor added goals three and four for Equalizers.

Jack Birch scored two and Dan Nott scored one in Bideford Thirds’ 3-2 extra-time win against Putford Reserves.

Fraser Reeves scored a hat-trick for High Bickington in a 4-1 win at home to Winkleigh, who also converted Aaron Moan’s cross into their own net.

Landkey came from 2-0 down to thump Hatherleigh Town Reserves 6-2 on the road.

A third minute penalty and a strike before the break forced manager Mike Rippon to shuffle the midfield at the break, a move that paid off handsomely with a hat-trick by Lee Kerswell and singles by Mark Rippon and subs Wayne Hommell and Josh Yeo.

In the competition’s other game, Torridgeside Reserves beat Sporting Barum 5-4 after extra time.

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