Five-goal Hounds hit top spot, Uplyme Reserves target treble.

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FOUR STAR: Brad Rowe Photo by HOWARD LARCOMBE

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Saturday, April 15th
John Fowler Cup Semi Final
Fivehead 1 Uplyme Reserves 4
A HUGE weekend for Uplyme Reserves began in fine fashion as they landed a place in the John Fowler Cup Final with an Alex Jones-inspired victory at Fivehead.
The young Swallows took the lead when Jones picked out Ryan Smith who netted his 18th goal of the season. Smith was then forced off to change his blood-soaked shirt after breaking his nose in a challenge. The teenage frontman was eventually substituted as the flow of blood couldn’t be stopped.
The enforced change saw the returning Frank Harris take up his usual left flank position with Jones moving across to centre forward. And the switch certainly worked as twice in the space of three minutes Jones found the net after being picked out by right winger Jonnie Harris. Jones then completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after Lorcan Hamkin had been brought down in the area and referee Martin Baldock pointed to the spot.
The hosts pulled one back from the second penalty of the afternoon after referee Baldock spotted a foul by James Whetlor.

DIVISION ONE
Shepton Beauchamp Res 0 Pymore 4
AFTER two league defeats, Pymore returned to winning ways to stay strongly in the title hunt.
They went into Saturday’s game without the injured Charlie Youngs and Steve Maynard but started brightly and Tim Hussey scored a goal of the season contender. Liam Proctor played a 35-yard diagonal crossfield pass to Hussey who controlled well and curled home from a good 25 yards.
Hussey increased the lead lead midway through the first half latching onto another Proctor through ball and poked it past the advancing keeper befor slamming it into the empty net. Pymore continued to increase pressure on the Shepton back line and they added a third just before the internal when Andrew McLeary showed good control before lobbing the ball over the keeper from just six yards out.
The second half saw Pymore allow Shepton to back into the game, but it was McLeary who added his second with another outstanding goal. Picking the ball up on the right wing, he cut inside before unleashing a superb 25-yard drive.
Hussey then so nearly got his hat trick. A long kick down field kick from keeper Dan Canning fell to Hussey whose first time shot smashed against the crossbar with the keeper rooted to the spot.
Afterwards Pymore assistant player-manager Matt Tither said: “We saw four quality goals today. We now have three important league games left”.
Tither was pleased with the efforts of Proctor, Hussey, McLeary and the hard working Rich Legg.

Uplyme 6 Forton Rangers 1
BRAD Rowe was the star of the show as Uplyme blew a hole in Forton Rangers’ promotion hopes. Uplyme started a sluggishly and Forton were on top for the opening 20 minutes.
But Rowe finished well to open the scoring from more of less The Swallows first attack.
However, within moments, some poor defending allowed Robbie Walker to equalise for the visitors. But Richie Robinson restored the lead before half time with a shot from the edge of the box after keeper Adam Smith had saved an initial effort.
Uplyme posed much more threat going down the Venlake slope in the second half and Rowe made it 3-1 before completing his hat trick from the penalty spot. The rangey striker then made the points more than safe at 5-1 before Andrico Pealou completed the thrashing with a smart run and finish.
Uplyme joint-manager Jon Matthews said: “Commitment levels during the game were superb and this was easily the best result since myself and Rod Rowe took the team over. “We need to harness the performance going into back-to-back games against Merriott – firstly on Wednesday [tonight] away in the league and then at home on Saturday in the Daisy Hutchings semi final.”

Waytown Hounds 5 Combe St Nicholas A 0
MISSING four centre backs, and with Club Captain Paul Watkins only fit enough for the bench, Waytown manager Joe Carter once again went with a 3-4-3 formation with the versatile Simon Smyth lining up alongside the returning Ryan Harwood and Lee Quincey.
Carter said: “All three played very well keeping Combe at bay and were well marshalled by Lee Cuff in goal.”
Hounds got off to a great start with Sam Dowle feeding Jon Legg for the opener. They added a second soon after – Dowle this time delivering a cross which the keeper flapped at and Adam Cody-Boutcher fired home.
Waytown were comfortable now and extended the lead further when Steve Masters played a looping ball into the area and Nat Bowditch caught the keeper out with a drop of the shoulder before slotting home.
Ethan Guppy nearly made it 4-0; Legg whipped in a superb free kick for Guppy to rise at the far post but his header hit both posts and somehow stayed out. Combe were awarded a penalty when Harwood was adjudged to have fouled fouled in the box from a corner but the spot kick was fired wide.
Hounds did get their fourth before half time with Guppy’s header this time hitting the back of the net from a Dowle corner. With the game won it took a while for the hosts to round off the scoring. Cody-Boutcher spotted Legg’s run in behind and the striker made no mistake.
Carter said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the performance. Credit to Sam Dowle and Robbie Wayland who both played very well. The back three were faultless and the front thee posed a real threat. Two games to go and two wins is all I can ask for in a wide open title race. My MOM was Simon Smyth – faultless.”

DIVISION THREE
Chard Rangers Reserves 1 Lyme Regis Rovers 3
LYME Regis Rovers warmed up for next Saturday’s Bill Bailey Cup Final with a comfortable win at Jocelyn Park.
The Seasiders took the lead midway through the first half when Jedd Whittington had a shot blocked but was alert enough to athletically volley home the rebound from a horizontal position.
They looked to have made it into the interval with their slender lead intact only for Kev Bird to swoop for the equaliser on the stroke of half time. But Lyme regained the lead in the 55th minute when substitute Robbie Prior, back after a four-month spell working near Verona, flicked on a long ball and youngster Finlay McLean continued his fine first season with a cool finish.
The win was sealed 10 minutes later Pete Peacock got on the end of a Jack Turner cross and tapped in his 33rd goal of the season.
Lyme manager Terry White picked out Turner and McLean as his top performers.

Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman's/View From group of titles. Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.

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