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Annunziata pleased at side's determination

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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RECENTLY-APPOINTED St Martins manager Lee Annunziata is looking for more of the same determined attitude when his team welcome Budleigh Salterton on Saturday.

The Minster Park boss was happy for his players after they weathered not only the elements, but also a second-half battering from hosts Beer Albion in one of just two Premier Division matches that were played.

The reigning champions had been rocked by a second Beer equaliser, and were under the cosh until last week's villain Lee Parker scored a great third goal.

That made it 3-2 in Saints' favour and their forward momentum brought a game-clinching penalty scored by Darren Bingham.

Saints had led at the break 2-1, with Nathan Melton and Tom Beddow headers, but the Fishermen had levelled things up via Chris Long after their first-half goal from Adam Wakley reduced the deficit.

Unbeaten Feniton won 7-2 against Budleigh Salterton after going a goal down.

Fenny also had a goal disallowed and needed some brilliant saves from keeper Matt Kingdon before they finally put their game together.

Paul Dowling and Ben Ede then both scored twice for Feniton with Andrew Jones, Charlie Selley and Dave O'Connor also scoring.

Zak Pearce and Brett Gloyn replied for Budleigh who could well climb away from the wrong end of the table.

Elsewhere just three other matches in the Devon & Exeter League survived the wet weather, with 56 league and cup ties being rained off.

Among the casualties were both Devon Intermediate Cup area semi-finals at Otterton and Sampford Peverell, which have been rescheduled for this Saturday.

In Division Three, Lympstone beat bottom-of-the-table Sandford 1-0. Andy Lowe was the Lympets' scorer, but the home team's other efforts were stopped by some great goalkeeping.

Lympstone claim they peppered the Sandford goal and the scoreline was little indication of their dominance.

Woodbury managed to stage their Division Four game against Exmouth Town at the Royal Marine camp at Lympstone, and it paid off with a thrilling 6-4 success. Woodbury's success came despite having Craig Leaman sent off during the first half and trailing 3-2 at the break.

Rich Hill hit a hat-trick in the second half to transform the game. Richie Ralph and a Kev Pitt penalty accounted for Woodbury's first half goals, with substitute Declan Bourne also scoring after the break.

Lapford won 3-2 at Countess Wear Dynamoes after coming from behind twice. It was a massive win for Lapford against their top-three hosts, whose goals came from an Aaron Libretto penalty and Damian Densham. Martin Leach and Ed Quick scored for Lapford before a Harry Leach penalty in the 85th minute won it.

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