FOOTBALL: Spurs and Bovey in midweek defeats

By  Kyle Tagg   |   Group Sports Editor   |
Friday 17th September 2021 10:00 am
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Action from Newton Abbot Spurs' 2-1 defeat at Ottery St Mary on Wednesday night. Pictures by Steve Pope.

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NEWTON Abbot Spurs will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat at Ottery St Mary when they entertain Cullompton Rangers this Saturday (3pm).

Gav Collins scored a 25-yard screamer for Marc Revell’s men but it wasn’t enough to stop them going down 2-1 in the Peninsula Premier East on Wednesday night.

Collins’ strike was sandwiched between goals from Ben Lawrence and Matt Hesford, which propelled the Otters to the summit of the standings. The Spurs sit eighth.

Bovey Tracey were also in league action on Tuesday night as they were beaten 3-2 away at Dartmouth.

The Moorlanders were 3-0 victors when the two sides met at Coach Road on the opening night of the season.

But a double from George Dandridge and a Robbie Chalk strike saw the points stay at Longcross, with Bovey hitting back through a Lewis Perring brace.

With no game this weekend, joint managers Micky Hunt and Liam Head will now turn their attentions to the FA Vase clash with Street on Saturday, September 25 (3pm).

Buckland Athletic had a blank midweek ahead of their Western League fixture with Shepton Mallet at Homers Heath this Saturday (3pm).

Paul Froude’s men, who were on the wrong end of some late drama in their 2-1 defeat against Bridgwater last week, took a point off this weekend’s opposition when they drew 0-0 earlier in the season.

Ben Carter saw red that day for the travelling side, with Froude adding: ‘We had our backs against the wall for the last 15 minutes or so after dominating large periods.

‘They’re still unbeaten in the league and that’s for a reason, so we’re in no doubt as to how good they are. We shouldn’t have any injury concerns going into it.’The Bucks' squad has also been bolstered this week by the permanent addition of striker Levi Landricombe.The former Plymouth Parkway man signs on at Homers Heath after a period of dual registration with Peninsula Premier West side Bodmin.

Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves were in local derby action in the Devon Football League on Tuesday evening as they welcomed Ipplepen Athletic to The Rec.

And it was Pens who would depart with all three points in the South & West division thanks to a 3-1 victory in a game which lacked quality.

Dan Steer headed the visitors ahead after 10 minutes before Nick Edmunds levelled things up minutes later.

Twenty-two minutes from time the away side went ahead in controversial fashion – the ball being bundled in after what like like a foul on Spurs keeper Adam Feaver.

Brandon Hext added a third five minutes later and that’s how it stayed. After the game, Spurs player-manager Jake Elms said that neither team did much to impress him.

‘I thought it was a poor game played between two poor teams,’ he explained. ‘The big decision seemed strange, too – I thought it looked like a foul on Adam.’

Elms takes his side away to Lakeside Athletic this Saturday, while Ipplepen are set to entertain PAFC FITC Development (both 3pm).

Elsewhere, Teignmouth – who scraped by Watcombe Wanderers in the McDonalds League Cup last weekend – are away at Roselands on Saturday (3pm).

Buckland Athletic Reserves, who were dumped out of the cup by Bere Alston United, face a tough trip to Mount Gould (3pm).

And Liverton United welcome Braunton to The Halford Ground in the North & East division after their match last weekend was postponed. That game is also a 3pm kick-off.

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