Manager Rice nets at wrong end but Morchard claim win at Topsham
MORCHARD Bishop won their Premier Division match at Topsham Town 2-1 – despite an own goal from manager Steve Rice.
After he opened the scoring, John Bradford and Kenny Ord struck at the right end to rescue the day.
Morchard should be at home to Feniton this weekend, but the second team have priority in the county cup, so the match could be switched to Feniton.
Willand Rovers manager Rob Buxton hopes the 2-1 win at Clyst Valley will be a turning point after a poor run of results. Dan Booth and Chris White scored for Willand, who travel to the University this weekend.
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Thorverton lost 5-3 at Hatherleigh Town and are at home against Topsham this weekend.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, the new leaders are Newtown following their 2-0 win at Beer, Seaton managed a late winner to beat Budleigh 2-1 while it finished 2-2 between Exmouth Amateurs and the University.
The Lord's XI beat First Division side Witheridge 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup. The fourth Division outfit were a goal down at half-time but levelled through Sam Johns before Julian Wills netted the winner.
Cup holders Bow won 2-0 against Watcombe from South Devon, with Will Hawking getting both goals, while Tiverton Town romped through 9-0 at Braunton with both Kieran Rapo and Owen Howe scoring twice. Goals from Jesse Howe, Daryl Kewley, Lee Woodman, Joe Packer-Byrne and an own goal completed their tally.
Colaton Raleigh won a thriller 5-4 against the Hideaway Cafe, from Plymouth, with manager Rikki Pitter completing his hat-trick with an extra time winner. Jake Boyland and Mark Pavey also scored. Pavey was later sent off.
Honiton Town beat Brixham 4-2, with Darren Witt, Tim Genders, Brian Dunn and Ben Pryce scoring.
Topsham won 4-1 at Newton United, with goals from Liam Streat (2), Nick Bartlett and Tim Rivett.
Steve Blatchford was outstanding, but Newtown lost 4-1 against Walden Athletic, with Craig Woodgate netting their only goal.
Heavitree beat Newton Abbot 66 3-0, but East Budleigh lost 2-1 at Morley Rangers. Dawlish went down 3-1 against Harbertonford and Tipton failed to raise a side for their tie at Brixham Town.
Culm United's Greg Hooper broke his leg in the 88th minute at Exeter University and their Division One match was abandoned. The Students were leading 6-0 at the time thanks to a Toby Yeates hat-trick, a brace from Callum Miller and a goal from Connor Webb.
Sidbury are up to second after winning 3-0 against Alphington.
Bickleigh missed the chance to go top of Division Two when they were held 0-0 at Pinhoe, who were annoyed at having a goal disallowed and a player sent off.
Hemyock had their 100 per cent record in Division Three wrecked by a 4-3 defeat at Lympstone. Alex Baird, Keith Bright and George Banfield were the Hems' scorers.
However, there was great news at last for Ottery St Mary as they registered their first success since leaving the Peninsula League. The Otters were 2-0 winners at the University.
Division Four leaders Axminster Town opened a four-point gap after their 5-1 win against Exmouth Amateurs. Their nearest rivals Exeter University were held to a 4-4 draw by Exmouth Town. Richard Aigbogun (2), Paddy Martin and Ben Yates were the Students' marksmen.
Newtown lost 5-2 at high-flying Heavitree, with Adam Smith and Aaron Matthews scoring consolation goals.
New signing Dean Pidgeon hit a hat-trick for Division Five leaders Cheriton Fitzpaine in a 7-0 win against Beer. Mike Back (2), Chris Acton and Chris Vennelle added the other goals.
However, the story of the day belonged to Clyst Valley. Trailing St Martins 3-0 at the break, Clyst sensationally recovered to win 8-5 thanks to a superb Toby Tagg hat-trick, two Jack Jordan goals and singles by Aaron Poulton, Ed Williams and debutant Joe Perry.
Lapford enjoyed their second successive victory 2-0 at Uplowman, who missed a penalty. Ed Quick, on his comeback, and Shane Leach were on target for Lapford.
Silverton moved up to second place in Division Six with a 3-0 win against Dunkeswell Rovers. Matt Jarrett, Dave Fook and Reece Knight were the scorers.
Topsham slipped to a 3-1 defeat at East Budleigh, their only goal coming from David Gwyther.
The Met Office went top of Division Seven with their 1-0 win against Cheriton Fitzpaine. Stuart Bell scored the only goal. The Weathermen are yet to concede a league goal this season.
Barry Wood went one better than last week with six goals for Tipton St John in their 9-2 rout of Honiton Town. Goals from John Beer (2) and Phil Paddinson completed the scoring.
Division Eight leaders Sidbury United were beaten 3-2 by Offwell Rangers, whose Tim Huxley (2) and James Dawe were on target.
Sampford Peverell made it into the fourth round of the Devon Intermediate Cup as they beat Bickleigh 3-2. Richard Durrant (2) and Terry Martin scored.
Culm United saw off Fluxton 1-0 with Steve Alford scoring, while Topsham needed extra time to win a cracker against Amory Park Rangers 4-3. Liam Stirzaker, David Day, Josh Hannaford and Ryan Western scored for Tops.
Otterton beat Langdon 4-2 on penalties after the tie finished 1-1 at the end of extra time.