Watcombe Wanderers v Ivybridge Town reserves

6.30pm  17 April 2014

South Devon League, Premier Division
Watcombe Wanderers 6 Ivybridge Town reserves 1 (att 64)

Torquay's Watcombe Wanderers have enjoyed phenomenal success in the few years since they were formed. A series of successive promotions have taken them to the South Devon League's top tier, where they currently have a 100% record and are on course to win the league, albeit with a fixture backlog to overcome.

Prospects of further promotion are limited by the club's home ground. The King George V Playing Fields, in Easterfield Lane, is just an open pitch in park, and has one of the steepest slopes I've ever seen. I can't see this ground ever being made suitable for a higher level of football, so Watcombe would probably need to relocate if they want further progress.

Ivybridge started the game brightly, but one they went behind there was no threat to Watcombe's perfect league record. The home side scored three times in each 40 minute half, with the visitors consolation coming after the home side's sixth.

I was just grateful the game finished, as a nasty injury sustained by a Watcombe player just before half time meant a lengthy delay and an ambulance being called. For a while it looked as if the match might be abandoned, but sensibly the referee blew for half time while the unfortunate player received treatment, allowing the second half to begin once he was off the pitch.









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