Bovey and Stoke derby day


Herald Express - - Sport - BY LEE HALL

WILL Small says his Bovey Tracey play­ers will go into Satur­day’s clash with Penin­sula League Di­vi­sion One East ti­tle ri­vals Stoke Gabriel with con­fi­dence, at a time when they are play­ing some of their best foot­ball of the sea­son.

A de­pleted Bovey side, with nine play­ers un­avail­able, warmed up for this week­end’s cru­cial show­down with a 3-0 win at Cred­i­ton United in the sec­ond round of the Devon Pre­mier Cup.

Dan Tay­lor scored twice on Satur­day, with Sean Finch con- tin­u­ing his rich vein of goalscor­ing form with an­other goal, adding to the four he scored against Budleigh Sal­ter­ton and two in the mid­week win against Teign­mouth.

Look­ing ahead to Satur­day, Small said: “It’s our big­gest game of the sea­son. We’ve had a good week with three wins and we will go into the game with con­fi­dence.”

Small will have the lux­ury of a full squad to choose from this week­end, though, as Bovey look to pull three points clear of Stoke and keep the pres­sure on lead­ers El­more.

Ol­lie Alpin re­turns to face his for­mer club af­ter he was cup-tied for Satur­day’s Pre­mier Cup tie.

Ryan Stan­bridge and Owen Stock­ton are also back in the squad fol­low­ing sus­pen­sion, while Cliff Wal­ters, Ryan Bat­ley and Gavin Collins are avail­able af­ter miss­ing the Cred­i­ton game.

Sec­ond-placed Bovey are four points be­hind lead­ers El­more, but have three games in hand, and are level on points with third in the ta­ble Stoke.

Small said: “There is a long, long way to go but it would be a mas­sive three points on Satur­day.

Stoke will be look­ing to bounce back af­ter they were knocked out of the Devon Pre­mier Cup by North Devon Pre­mier Di­vi­sion side Braun­ton on Satur­day.

In one of the shocks of the round, the tie was goal­less un­til Toby Ben­nett struck seven min­utes from time.

And as Stoke sent their goal­keeper up for a cor­ner in the dy­ing mo­ments, the visi­tors were caught out on the break and Ben­nett was left with the easy task of rolling the ball into an empty net.

Else­where, Teign­mouth were also knocked out of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter los­ing 1-0 at El­more – in a tie which pro­duced five red cards. El­more ended the game with nine men, with Teign­mouth fin­ish­ing with eight in a highly-charged cup tie at Hors­don Park.

El­more’s Jor­dan Casey was shown a red card in in­jury time for dis­sent, just min­utes af­ter Ash­ley Matthews’ dra­matic win­ner.

Daniel Tapp was also sent off af­ter just 18 min­utes fol­low­ing a melee which also re­sulted in two Hay­den Roe and Scott Bax­ter be­ing be­ing dis­missed for Teign­mouth. And af­ter Matthews had struck three min­utes from time, Teign­mouth were re­duced to eight men when Ben Ash­ford was red carded for a bad chal­lenge.

There was still time for one more red when Casey was sent off for foul and abu­sive lan­guage.

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