Crediton United 4 - Dartmouth AFC 0

South West Peninsula League East

A CONVINCING display by Crediton as they won in great style against bottom of the table Dartmouth at Lords Meadow on a sunny Saturday afternoon (October 7). 

There was no Kevin Pike who picked up a knock at Sidmouth on Tuesday and also they were without club stalwart Dave Lee. 

An unusual shape for the home side which really only featured three at the back and Nelson Iseguan at centre-half, where I personally had not seen him play before. 

Throughout the game he was simply magnificent, full of skill and vision and was definitely the man of the match for me. 

This was one of those games that was utterly dominated by the home side as they teased Dartmouth with their keep ball patient passing system which is such a delight to watch. 

However, the first half did not brim full of goals. 

The first chance fell to Adam Bilcock who was set up by Shay Corrick, who had a great game, and his shot was well saved.

In fact the Darts goalie played very well and threw himself in front of almost everything that Crediton had to offer. 

The opening goal came from the penalty spot after Luke White was needlessly brought down on the edge of the box. 

Harvey Dorothy struck the ball home from the resultant spot kick (1-0). 

Then Aidan Whitfield hit the bar and Sam Stapleton hit the post as Crediton attempted to further their lead. 

Just on the break Luke White had a great chance to score but was denied. The second half was all the home side and they scored on the hour as a mazy run by Sam Stapleton set up Luke White who shot home from six yards (2-0). 

On 67 minutes Sam Stapleton hit the bar for the second time in the match before Harvey Dorothy smashed the ball home from the edge of the area for 3-0. 

He was immediately substituted as he had been unwell in the week according to local knowledge. 

Otherwise he would have almost certainly got his hat-trick with the time left. Manager Ben Watson came on, as did Louis Stephens and Aaron Hale and all of them showed great promise. 

Ben in particular showed his skills with some fine midfield play and it was from his through ball that Luke White completed the scoring with a crisp shot. 

To be fair Dartmouth tried their best and were down to 10 players on the half-hour which did not help them. 

However, Crediton is now third in the league and riding high although it looks like Ivybridge and Bridport are this years teams to beat given their early season form. 

Next up is the long trek to St Dennis in the cup on Saturday, October 14. 

Crediton team: Arthur, Whitfield, Knight, Bilcock, Iseguan, Down, White, Dorothy, Warren, Corrick and Stapleton.  

Subs: Watson, Stephens and Hale.

Man of the match: Nelson Iseguan.

Paul Whittall