Friday, 20 May 2011


Shepton Beauchamp clinch impressive treble

at Perry Street, Thursday May 12th

FAVOURITES Beaminster Reserves were blown away by a four goal salvo by livewire South Petherton Reserves’ striker Jody Bovey at Perry Street on Thursday evening.

Beaminster, newly crowned as Division Two Champions, had done the league double over their opponents and, with a potent three-pronged attack of Josh Hunter (33 goals), Ross Pickett (21 goal) and Dan Pyett (24 goals) may have gone into the game thinking they could ‘out-gun’ any team in the competition.

But Bovey had other ideas. The early exchanges did indeed see Hunter, Pyett and winger Dan Tolman all linking well with Pyett firing just wide in the 10th minute.

Two minutes later midfielder Mark Carstairs cracked a 25-yarder that was tipped around the post by Magpies’ ‘keeper Andy Male.

But the balance of the game surprisingly shifted from this juncture. Bovey surged down the right flank before crossing to the impressive Ashley Smith whose header beat the Rainbows’ diminutive gloveman Mark Tozer but was hacked off the line by centre-back Adam Butcher.

Smith went close again in the 20th minute when he weaved in from the angle of the box before unleashing an angled shot that Tozer did well to keep out.

The deadlock was broken five minutes later when the Beaminster defence was guilty of hesitating under a high ball and Bovey nipped-in to slot past the advancing Tozer.

The West Dorset side responded almost immediately. First Mark Woodley’s long free-kick was headed narrowly wide by Ross Pickett.

Then Pickett challenged for a high ball which popped up invitingly for old-fashioned centre-forward but his volley missed the target from just eight yards.

It mattered not. Beaminster were level 10 minutes before the interval when Dan Tolman, who had an impressive first-half, cut-in from his left-wing position before drilling home a low shot across Male and into the far corner.

Tolman almost created a second soon after for Hunter but his header was comfortably saved by Male.

With thoughts turning to the break Pethy stunned their opponents for a second time when Smith’s shot came back off an upright only for Bovey to pounce on the rebound.

The killer third goal arrived in the 53rd minute when referee Simon Salter, who had a fine game, pointed to the spot after Hunter, back defending a corner, had tripped Smith in his own area.

Jary smashed the resulting spot-kick high down the centre of the goal to leave Robin Ormsby’s side with a mountain the climb.

Hunter went close with to low drive that flew just wide on the hour but the result was confirmed 20 minutes from time when the predatory instincts of Bovey came to the fore gain when he jumped on a half-chance and unleashed a volley that gave Tozer no chance and completed his hat-trick.

Ninety seconds later it was 5-1; substitute Mark Padfield played a slide-rule pass into the Beaminster area and Bovey rolled home his fourth goal of the match.

Padfield went close with a fine long-range effort before The Rainbows gave the score line an air of respectability with late consolations from skipper Richie Middleton and Butcher.

Bovey obviously took the Man-of-the Match honours, and looked every inch the Premier Division front man that he was last season, but there were fine performances from Smith and captain Karl Diment who, despite losing out in the height stakes, did a good job in nullifying the ariel threat of Pickett.

For Beaminster, Tolman had a fine first-half as did Mark Carstairs and Hunter had a few half-chances but his frustrations got the better of him.

BEAMINSTER RESERVES: Mark Tozer, Ashley Hall (Pete Stone 46), Mark Woodley, Adam Butcher, Tim Carstairs (Richie Miles 66), Mark Carstairs, Richie Middleton (Captain), Dan Pyett, Dan Tolman, Josh Hunter, Ross Pickett.
Goals: D.Tolman (35), Middleton (86), Butcher (96).

SOUTH PETHERTON RESERVES: Andy Male, Darren Howells (Scott Fowler 81), John Fullerton, Karl Diment (Captain, Sam Coombes 72), Matt Gold, Adrian Farrell, Dave Batstone (Mark Padfield 67), Jody Bovey, Owen Jary, Dan Rogers.
Goals: Bovey (25, 45, 70, 72), Jary (53 pen).

Referee: Simon Salter, assistants; Clive Crabb, Richard Young.

at Lyme Regis, Friday May 13th

SHEPTON Beauchamp deservedly lifted the Tommy Tabberer Cup for the first time in their history with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Uplyme at the Davey Fort on Friday evening.

Anthony Smith’s side went into the game as clear favourites having beat the Devonians on three occasions since Christmas and as soon as Dan Smith opened the scoring in the 23rd minute Shepton took control.

Smith had earlier been denied by a stunning save by Uplyme ‘keeper Lloyd Cleal who acrobatically tipped the striker’s goal bound shot onto the crossbar.

But Cleal was powerless to keep out the opener as Smith weaved his way into the box before hammering a shot into the roof of the net.

Cleal was also at his best on the half hour as he stood tall to deny the prolific Sam Murley in a one-on-one chance.

Moments later Murley scythed his way in the area before being tripped by Jack Chapple but referee Andy Dyke dismissed the strong Shepton appeals for a penalty and Uplyme clung on to reach the interval fortunate to be just the one goal behind.

The result was sealed five minutes after the restart when a long throw-in was flicked on to Murley who tapped in his 35th goal of the season.

Two minutes later Cleal made his one mistake in an otherwise Man-of-the Match performance when he flapped at a cross and Smith pounced on the rebound.

It could have got even worse for the Swallows on the hour. Smith was chopped down in the area but Kris Hastings’ spot-kick was poorly placed and Cleal saved well.

Five minutes later the Uplyme gloveman leapt acrobatically to tip a free-kick from Sam Hodkinson around the post.

Finally Rob Coombe’s side began to create some openings. Ryan Prendeville beat two defenders and rolled a shot past Terry Crocker only to see the ball clip the post.

The large Uplyme support was finally given something to cheer 15 minutes from time when a Stuart King’s long throw-in was flicked on to Gavin Fowler who cleverly guided the ball into the corner.

But Shepton thoroughly deserved their win and had star men in Murley Smith and Hodkinson.
Top performers for Uplyme were the outstanding Cleal and wingers Jack Borgeat and Adam Neale.

Manager Coombe had no complaints, he said: “I think the occasion and the big crowd got to some of our players. Our passing was poor and we seemed panicy. All credit to Shepton they thoroughly deserved their win.”

UPLYME: Lloyd Cleal, Greg Matthews, KieranWhite, Paul Sampson, Pip Marchant (captain), Jack Chapple, Stuart King, Adam Neale, Jack Borgeat, Gavin Fowler, James Beddows.

SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP: Terry Crocker, Theo Heath, Andy Moody, Kris Hastings, Rich Pippen, Sam Hodkinson (captain), Jon Spendlow, Sam Hawkins, George Pugson, Sam Murley, Dan Smith.

Referee: Andy Dyke, assistants; Pete Lowe, Bryan Perryman.


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