Morchard desperate for players after mass exodus
MORCHARD Bishop have until Friday night to get a team together after their manager and first team squad left.
The Premier Division outfit are due to host Hatherleigh Town on Friday but urgently need players to sign up.
Steve Rice has resigned as manager and last season's first teamers have all been tempted elsewhere.
Most of their second team players – who lost 7-1 against Amory Park Rangers on Saturday – feel they lack the experience to step up five divisions so club chairman and secretary Tim Roberts hopes there are footballers out there who can come to their rescue.
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Tiverton Town lost 2-0 on their debut in the Premier Division at home against St Martins, who sealed victory with a late penalty.
Willand Rovers opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Beer Albion. With St Martins at Silver Street tomorrow (Wednesday) night, it is a tough start for Rovers manager Rob Buxton.
Also tomorrow, Thorverton get under way with a Mid Devon derby against Tiverton, and the Raddon Road team are looking for a batter start to avoid the struggles of last season.
Bow AAC began their Division One campaign with a 4-0 rout of Wellington Town. Paul Reed netted a hat-trick and Ollie Bedford bagged the other goal.
Newly-promoted Elmore did twice as well, thrashing a sorry Newton Poppleford 8-0. Formerly known as Colaton Raleigh, the East Devon side were outplayed by the Eagles. Kieran Rapo and Kevin Mills both scored twice, with singles from Luke Passmore, Matt Atkins, Gavin Batten and man-of-the-match Jordan O'Leary.
Promoted Bickleigh were held 2-2 by visiting Alphington, while Cullompton Rangers won 1-0 against a Witheridge team which manager Darryl Hancock claimed missed a pile of chances.
In Division Two, Newton St Cyres made the long trip to Halwill worthwhile with a 1-0 victory, but Culm United were beaten 3-0 by Exwick Villa.
Crediton United suffered a heavy 7-0 defeat at Lympstone.
Josh Dryhurst scored both goals for Westexe Rovers, who were held 2-2 at home by Pinhoe. Craig Jackson was the pick of the Rovers team.
Connor Foster and Max Mckeown scored the goals which earned Hemyock a 2-0 win at Tedburn St Mary in Division Three.
Cheriton Fitzpaine, back in Division Four, made a great start at North Tawton as they won 4-1. Chris Acton netted a hat-trick and Dean Pidgeon also scored for the Cherries.
Bampton did even better, winning 4-0 at Okehampton Argyle, while Sandford earned a 1-1 draw at Awliscombe and Thorverton pocketed a point from a 2-2 draw at Exmouth Town.
Westexe Rovers kicked off their Division Five season with a stunning 4-0 win at Dunkeswell Rovers. Ricky Lait, Ricky Baker, Liam Vellacott and Sean Jackson all scored.
Luke Veale, Dan Ayre and Mike Takle all scored twice as Amory Park Rangers thrashed Morchard Bishop 7-1. Alan Brice was also on target for Rangers, with Ryan Piper pulling one back.
Sampford Peverell won 2-1 at Beer Albion and felt they could have won by far more. Craig Muggleton scored from 25 yards and Jack Bridgeman also found the target.
Lapford dipped to a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home against a strong Dawlish United.
In Division Six, Uplowman Athletic missed two penalties and duly lost 3-1 to Honiton Town, who also missed a spot-kick. Ricky Holmes was the Uplowman scorer.
The smiles and action were back at Kentisbeare in Division Seven, where they celebrated their return to the league with a 3-2 win against Chagford.
The Kents were 3-0 up at the break through Kris Roper (2) and Chris Beddow then did well to resist a Chagford fightback.
However, Bradninch, who have also returned to the league, lost their first match back 3-0 at Langdon.
Hemyock won 3-2 at Cheriton Fitzpaine in their Division Eight clash. Phil Bell, Anthony Doble and Tyler Gregg found the back of the net for the Hems.
Bickleigh won 3-0 at Winkleigh in their first match, but Bampton crashed 6-0 to newcomers Alphington.