Villa up to second in Premier and 3G also a winner at Axminster for Colyton
Swans into the County final as well in their first ever season.
Thanks to the benefits of having a 3G pitch Exwick Villa soared into second place in Premier following their 5-1 win against Okehampton Argyle, all five goals from the home side coming in the first half.
Wellington Town Res beat their Somerset rivals Chard Town Res 5-3 but the weather restricted league activity elsewhere. Some divisions were totally wiped out but in Division Four there were three matches played. Winkleigh won the basement clash against Starcross Generals 11-3 and there was an intriguing story at Feniton where the Universitys 5th team won 4-0. Twins Ollie and Jamie Platts both scored twice for the college and both set up each others goals.
Glory took another big step forwards for the League this saturday as two of our four remaining clubs made it to the Devon County cup finals. Colyton have clinched a first ever Senior cup final and Black Swan Town have made it to the Intermediate final in their first ever season. Colyton won a thriller against Harbertonford on pens after drawing 3-3, but the Swans were too good for Bideford Community Centre winning 5-1.
Sidmouth and Elmore Res must wait another week as they were thwarted by the weather and will have to try again on foreign soil next saturday.
Lyme Regis Reserves have also been held up by the elements as their Dorset Junior cup semi final at Wareham Rangers was rained off.
Some facts and figs
Although now a major club Sidmouth Town as a saturday team have never been in a County final at any level (Premier, Senior or Intermediate) so they will make club history if their Reserve team gets through against Lakeside Athletic from Plymouth.
Colyton have pedigree for winning the Intermediate cup nearly 40 years ago but this will be their first Senior final after despatchig Harbertonford of the South Devon League.
Elmore have major history in the Intermediate cup (then then known as the Devon Junior) when their first team lost to Westexe Rovers from the Tiverton League in 1952 but beat Portals in the 1963 final. The eagles reserve team also lost to Ottery Res in the 1988 Senior final, so 30 years on they are set to make it again. If they succeed they will be up against Black Swan Town from Dawlish.
Since the war there have only been five Devon Senior cup finals involving just Exeter League teams and they were
1951 Exmouth Town 1-1 Newton Abbot Spurs (cup shared)
1988 Ottery St Mary Res 5-1 Elmore Res
1999 Thorverton 2-1 Elmore Res
2015 Exwick Villa 4-2 Lapford
2016 University Res 4-2 Lapford.
The only Intermediate (Junior) finals involving just Exeter League teams since the war were
1955 when the now defunct Exbourne beat Alphington 3-1, and
1958 when Willeys Sports Club beat Exbourne 3-2.
On a point of interest Donald Coles now a North Tawton resident scored both Exbourne goals that day and the following year scored all four goals when Exbourne then won the cup 4-2 against Coxside from Plymouth.
The Alphas goal in the 55 final was Westcott. Willeys goals 1958 came from Cornish 2 and Greenslade
One reason why there have been so few County finals involving teams from the same Leagues is that the competitions were regionalised from sometime in the 1950s until recently.
Saturday 10th March 2018