DIVISION One East of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula
League escaped the worst of the weather, managing to complete a
full programme of opening day fixtures.
Entertainment was the order of the day as the nine games
delivered an incredible 46 goals.
And it was two of the new boys who led the way as the Royal
Marines and Bovey Tracey served up an 11-goal thriller at
Endurance Park, but unfortunately for the forces side it was
the visitors who came out on top with a 7-4 victory.
The action ebbed and flowed until the final quarter when
Bovey finally pulled away. Goals from Scott Kaasikmae, Simon
Revell and Mark Sneap saw them race over the finishing
Revell had given Bovey the lead only for Ben Shepherd level.
However, Lee Pascoe's effort gave the visitors a 2-1 interval
The home side scored twice in as many minutes, through Scott
Howarth and Mark Pepperell, to take the lead for the first
time, but Bovey hit back again with Chris Jones and Chris
Bennett restoring their lead before Alistair Sawer made it 4-4
and set up Bovey's charge for the winning line.
Liverton United and Okehampton Argyle were not far behind as
they produced nine goals at Halford where the visitors ran out
Ed Squire, Steve Williams, Adam Mortimore (two), Matt
Mortimore and an own goal accounted for Okehampton's scorers,
while Liverton replied through Stefan Chubb (two) and a Scott
Richard Hevingham scored four goals, two from the penalty
spot, as Appledore won 5-1 at the University of Exeter who had
taken the lead through Luke Davis.
Budleigh Salterton got the defence of their title off to a
good start by winning 4-2 away at Crediton United.
Andy Rogers scored twice for the Kirton, but the Robins
replied with two goals apiece from Danny Hall and Danny
Stoke Gabriel announced their intentions with a comfortable
4-0 victory over Totnes & Dartington at the GJ Churchward
Totnes should have opened the scoring but Mark Loram saw his
spot-kick saved by Mark Coombes before goals from Kain Bond,
Liam McAuley, Terry Mitchell and Mark Newbould completed
Exeter Civil Service celebrated their return to step seven
football with a credible 2-2 draw away to Axminster Town. Joey
Hawes scored both their goals, while Oliver Highet and Martin
Hancock replied for the Tigers.
Buckfastleigh Rangers managed only 14 points all last
season, but they already have three in the bag after Steve
Cook's superb effort gave them a 1-0 victory away to Exmouth
Second-half goals from Ian Mayer and Ty Hawkens gave
Galmpton Gents a 2-0 victory at home to Teignmouth, while goals
from Scott Forster, Darren Easton and Gary Wills saw Alphington
win 3-0 at Ottery St Mary.