THE Perry Street League Division One promotion race took a twist last night when contenders Pymore were beaten 3-2 on their own St Mary’s turf by a Combe St Nicholas A team that is destined for a bottom two finish.
Things started badly for Pymore when 20-goal top scorer Tim Hussey was forced off with an ankle injury after just 40 seconds.
Combe dominated the first half and led 3-0 at the turnaround with all three goals scored by striker Simon Vincent.
Pymore, with keeper Charlie Youngs back between the sticks but still carrying a hamstring injury, pulled one back 20 minutes from time when teenage Rich Legg burst through and finished well.
And home hopes were raised further still when veteran Fred Etherington netted with a long range free kick in the 85th minute, Jedd Holt missed a late chance but Combe held on.
Pymore player assistant-manager Matt Tither said: “That might just have blown it for us. We had a couple of blokes watching at Netherbury on Saturday and Combe had a vastly different line up from the one which played against Waytown.”
Merriott Rovers jumped over Pymore and back up to second spot with a 3-0 home win over Uplyme.
First half strikes from Jack Steer and Mark Tweedie soon had the hosts in control and they never let go.
Top scorer Steer added a third for his 23rd goal of the season but Rovers ended the game with 10-men when Ash Cooper was red carded by referee Steve Ridler.
“Uplyme didn’t trouble our keeper Lee Holt for the entire game, we could have had plenty more goals, but it looks like we are clicking at just the right time,” said Rovers boss Dan Childs.
But it’s Waytown Hounds who still sit top of the table after a 1-0 win over already relegated South Petherton Reserves.
The all-important winner finally came in the 75th minute when Jon Legg was felled in the box and then dusted himself down before converting from the penalty spot.
Hounds’ boss Joe Carter said: “ It was a pretty even first half. South Petherton were organised and determined. We had most of the ball, but not a huge number of chances – they defended well and we struggled to break then down and played much better then their league position suggested.
“We had chances to put the game to bed, but failed to take them. It was nervy viewing, but we’re delighted with the win.
“Eight league wins out of nine at home, where we are unbeaten, has given us a real chance. Some suggested we were relegation candidates five games in!”
THE local football scene was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Dave Carter on Wednesday evening.
Mr Carter had been a goalkeeper for Hawkchurch United before turning to refereeing where he had officiated in both the Perry Street and Devon & Exeter Leagues for several seasons.
A minute’s silence is likely to be observed at all games on Saturday.