Ashes make it a scorching start to Premier campaign
Saltash Utd...8 St Blazey...1
THIS was a dream start for Martin Burgess' reign as manager of the Ashes and also for two of his debutants who helped themselves to hat-tricks.
Kelvin Fyneboy and Jon Hoyles were both on fire as Blazey were blitzed into submission by a merciless Ashes attack.
Saltash took 18 minutes to break down the Blazey defence with Fyneboy pulling the ball back for former Blazey striker Hoyles to shoot home from close range, but within three minutes Martin Sleeman had chipped the visitors level.
Two goals in the final two minutes of the half saw Saltash take command of the contest, with Fyneboy calmly rounding visiting keeper Dave Painter for the first before Steve Sargison smashed home Fyneboy's pass from eight yards.
Ashes required just three minutes of the second half to make it 4-1 as Sam Farrant's pass found Fyneboy ghosting past three players before setting up Hoyles to fire low past Painter from 15 yards.
A delightful pass by the impressive Fyneboy found Hoyles chesting the ball down before squaring it into the path of the onrushing Stuart Clark who fired home from six yards.
Three goals in five minutes added the icing to the Ashes cake with Fyneboy scoring twice to complete his treble before Hoyles' close-range header saw him follow suit.
Cullompton Rangers...0 Ivybridge Town...5
THE Bridgers could not have wished for a better start to their campaign as they returned from Speeds Meadow with a deserved three points.
Nicky Marker's side took eight minutes to open their account with Jordan Walton's low cross finding Steve Sutton scoring from 10 yards.
It was 2-0 on 28 minutes when Walton hit a fierce shot across keeper Jon Wannell and inside the far post, but it was not until the 62nd minute that the game was effectively over as a contest when assistant player-manager Mark Berry's free-kick sailed over the Cully defensive wall.
Although Wannell parried, it fell for Andrew Neale to net from close range.
Ivybridge brought Jamie Middleton on and the experienced striker completed their nap hand with a 20-yard shot on 70 minutes, before turning sharply inside the box to fire low into the corner of the net.
Bovey Tracey...5 Torpoint Ath...0
TORPOINT were convinced the sending off of goalkeeper Dan Batten was the turning point in Friday's defeat at Mill Marsh Park.
Bovey were already leading 1-0 after Kai Fisher's seventh minute header, when Batten was adjudged to have fouled Sam Dicken in the area and was promptly shown a red card by the referee.
That left Torpoint a man short with 72 minutes still to play, but it was ironic full-back Ben Davies, who took over in goal, saved Lee Pascoe's subsequent penalty.
It was not until eight minutes after the break Davies was finally beaten when Dicken converted former Torquay United full-back Tom Kelly's right-wing cross to double Bovey's lead.
Torpoint were then hit by two goals in a four-minute spell that effectively ended their resistance, with Dicken scoring his second of the game with a low drive from the edge of the area for the first.
Fisher then followed suit with a close-range header before Kelly completed the scoring with a 25-yard effort that deceived Davies and flew into the roof his goal.