JASON COUCH returns to the Memorial Ground as Galmpton United Reserves kick-start this season's Herald Cup with a home tie against Brixham AFC this Saturday, writes Neil Hocking.
Both sides will be looking to tighten up at the back while continuing with their fine early scoring form.
"We're scoring plenty but letting in a bit too many at the moment," conceded Greens' boss Steve Kidd, whose side have almost scored a third of their total goals tally from last season in their opening three games.
Kidd has brought Stu Pointon and Jason Horsell into the side in a bid to strengthen the squad and improve on last season's tenth place finish.
"I never like to set goals particularly, but it would be nice to be mid-table and push onwards and upwards," Kidd added.
Last Saturday's home tie against Ipplepen Athletic was typical of Galmpton's season so far, with six goals shared. Luke Dandy, John Dunn and Ryan Bush hit the net for the Greens, with Ipplepen securing their first point thanks to Lashley, Simmonds and Rooney.
Dean Baker's Ipplepen side have a chance to atone for their late opening day defeat at home to Buckland Athletic Reserves as the two sides meet in the Devon FA Premier Cup on Saturday, again at Moor Road.
Bucks maintained their perfect points tally so far, winger Josh Webber with the decisive strike against Stoke Gabriel Reserves in their first game at Homers Heath.
Kingskerswell & Chelston, who are at home to Beer Albion in the Premier Cup on Saturday, find themselves at the top of the early tables, a 4-0 home win over last year's bogey side Loddiswell Athletic capping an extraordinary week which saw Paul Edwards' side awarded an away walkover against Ivybridge Town Reserves, who had fielded an ineligible player in last week's clash at Erme Park.
Four players were on the score-sheet for Kings - Ollie Aplin, Mitch Lovell, Alex Harding and Ashley Grimes. Loddiswell entertain Stoke in the league.
There was only one goal at Upton Athletic, Danny Harvey scoring for Watcombe Wanderers, who have now recorded two wins out of two against tough opposition.
Wanderers visit Bradworthy in the Premier Cup, while Upton go to Ivybridge in the league.
New signing Troy Baker maintained his goal-a-game start for prolific Newton Abbot Spurs as the home side recorded a 5-2 victory at home to Kingsteignton Athletic in the Rams' first game of the campaign. Dan Spargo netted twice, with singles provided by Joe Fath and Ben Frost. Spurs have a Saturday break, while Kingsteignton host Morchard Bishop in the Premier Cup.
Promoted Waldon Athletic are yet to get points on the board, losing 3-2 at Ivybridge Town. Watt, Noble and McCreery found the target for Town, with Harrity and Clarke scoring Waldon's first goals of the season. The Clarets will hope that their first match at Windmill Hill will bring them joy as they entertain WBB.
IN Division One, Bovey Tracey Reserves made a winning start at the Recreation Ground with a 5-2 triumph against Andy Despard's Abbotskerswell.
IN Division Two, Newton United made the most of their Friday evening outing to Coach Road with a 3-1 win over Paignton Saints. Dyke, Locke and Harris hit the back of the net for United with Reed bagging a consolation. They are joined at the top by Paignton Villa, awarded an away walkover against Foxhole United, Babbacombe Corinthians and Beesands Rovers. Corries won 3-1 at Hookhills United thanks to a Justin Grinsill double and a single from Dan Lawton, Craig Downing scoring for United. The Bees enjoyed a fine 4-1 win at home to Division Three champs Upton Athletic Reserves,TJ Lang, Paddy Wellens, Lee Morgan and an own goal securing the points for the home side.
IN Division Three, Teign Village hit Liverton United Reserves for eight without reply to top the table. Joining the Villagers with perfect starts so far are the reserve sides of Loddiswell Athletic, Waldon Athletic and Watts, Blake and Bearne. WBB enjoyed probably the most impressive result, winning 7-3 at home to Bishopsteignton United.
WATCOMBE Wanderers Reserves and Paignton Villa Reserves were on hot scoring form again in Division Four. Jordan Finch took his incredible goal tally to eleven, with five in an 11-0 home victory over Meadowbrook Athletic, while Danny Rogers and Nick Wellbourne ran riot for Villa who beat Bovey Tracey Thirds 8-0. Meadowbrook clarified that last week's dearth of players was not due to any dismissals during the match, but to a clash with the cricket.
IN Division Five, AFC Staverton defeated Newton United Reserves 3-0 to go top. Buckfastleigh Rangers Reserves are also on six points, Stewart Mitchell, Aaron de Young, Declan Cowley and Eric Hale helping Rangers to a narrow 4-3 triumph at Newton Abbot 66 Reserves.
IN Division Six, Torre enjoyed a 3-2 win at home to Teign Village Reserves in their first match, but Stoke Fleming and Streete tasted defeat in theirs, losing 6-2 at home to Watcombe Wanderers Thirds. Barton Athletic lost their first home game, going down 5-2 against Kingsbridge and Kellaton United.