Devon Wednesday Football League reports
LARRY SPEARE DEVON WEDNESDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Marjon…8 HMS Raleigh…1
MARJON got their season off to a fine start with this victory over Raleigh at Spickernell and striker Max Webb taking the plaudits with six goals.
After a confident start Raleigh conceded when Webb netted and then as heads dropped they let in two more goals scored by Webb and Ollie Moody to go in at half-time trailing 3-0.
Raleigh started strongly in the second half and got a reward for their efforts when a Marjon defender put through his own goal from a corner kick.
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Unfortunately that was as good as it got as Marjon upped the pressure and ran riot with a further five goals through Matt Clements and four by Webb to end up 8-1 victors – but Raleigh earned praise for battling to the end.
University (IV)…7 Plymouth Dukes (A)…1
THIS all-University encounter went the fourths' way with a resounding victory to grab the bragging rights.
On target for the victors were Matt Lawrie, Dan Stretton and Peter Gill, all netting a brace with the other goal an own-goal.
Chris Howe netted for Dukes.
DIVISION ONE Devonport High School…5 Plymouth Dukes (B)…3
THIS first league match on the new Devonport 3G pitch turned out to be a thriller with the hosts coming out on top 5-3.
Devonport opened the scoring with Lawrence Murray finishing a well-worked move but Dukes hit back through Danny Leatt.
In the final minute of the first half the Dukes went ahead courtesy of Hugh Dennis only for their celebrations to be muted when straight from the restart Devonport swept downfield for Josh Shepherd to net an equaliser.
On 48 minutes a great strike from Tom Scott put Devonport back in front before Josh Ford made it 4-2 with a cool finish.
Dukes rallied and pulled a goal back through an own-goal only for Shepherd to net his second to put Devonport two goals clear.
Lipson The Co-Op Academy…3 City College Plymouth…3
JORDAN TIPPETT starred with a hat-trick for Lipson, but a draw was probably the fairest result as play swung from end to end in an absorbing encounter.
College manager Mark Channing made eight changes from last week's team and was delighted as the new first year students quickly settled down to perform excellently throughout.
Tippett took advantage of slack College defending to put Lipson in front only for College to level with a cracking free-kick by Gary Carpenter.
Tippett restored Lipson's advantage but again the visitors fought back to restore parity when Matt Westhall headed home from a corner.
Lipson missed a good chance to pull in front once more when Sean Thomson smacked a penalty against the College crossbar.
College thought that they had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when Tyler Copp curled a brilliant free-kick into the top corner, but to the utter dismay of Channing the referee ruled the goal out, stating he had blown for half-time. Early in the second half Lipson went 3-2 up with the excellent Tippett completing a fine treble. College responded and got a deserved point with a penalty, Copp drilling his spot kick into the bottom corner.
University (V)…2 City Police…1
POLICE went ahead midway through the first half with a Lee Sheldon penalty after Pete Say was brought down in the box.
Uni were then awarded a penalty after a Police defender handled in the area with Will Abbi scoring from the spot.
Uni went ahead after a flowing move resulted in Sam Tearle netting with a good finish.
The second half was rather drab although Police had a penalty shout turned down and Dan Sheldon saw his goal ruled out for offside.