Underdogs Cronies go down fighting at Budleigh
Okes and Eagles into the third round, but fishermen give the hippos a big fright
Cronies FC had the unusual tag of being labelled underdogs for their Throgmorton Devon Premier cup second round tie at SWPL Budleigh Salterton, but they gave it their best before losing 2-1. Ihe Devon Senior cup holders clinched their place a month ago when they beat Roselands of the SDL 6-1, but a place in the last 32 was not to be.
The biggest surprise and near upset came at Honiton Town where the SWPL side went 3-2 down at home to Beer Albion after being 2-0 ahead, and needed two late goals to salvage a 4-3 victory.
Premier pacemakers Elmore won a really attractive tie 1-0 at home against Buckland Athletics second string,
and also through are Okehampton Argyle with yet another good effort to despatch Appledore 3-1.
Newton St Cyres were 4-3 winners at home to Ivybridge Town, Exmouth Town Reserves swept Shebbear aside 7-1, and Exwick Villa managed to oust fellow Premier hosts Feniton 5-3 on pens after the pair shared a 1-1 scoreline.
Heavitree United had a belter of a tie against former County cup winners Boca Seniors from North Devon, but they also went out on pens 4-3 following a 3-3 scoreline.
Newtowns long trip to Ilfracombe Town saw them beaten 4-0, and there were defeats for Topsham Town 7-2 by neighbours St Martins, and for Witheridge Res 3-0 at Watcombe Wanderers.
Seaton Town will not be in the hat for the third round because they could not rally enough players to make a 2pm kick off at Mount Gould in Plymouth.
Upottery were due to host Upton Athletic but the match did not take place as the Upton bus broke down en route.
Exeter University who have been Firewatch Devon Senior cup winners and semi finalists in the last two seasons had their journey ended early this season at Bampton by a 3-2 defeat.
Sidmouth Reserves triumphed 6-3 Pilton Academicals in North Devon in the other tie on offer.
With the cups dominating, the only Premier league game played was at Clyst Valley against fellow strugglers Hatherleigh Town which the Valley won 1-0.
Match of the day in Division One was at unbeaten Lyme Regis against top scorers and second place Lapford and it lived up to expectations as Lyme hit back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 and with only ten men.
The other top game was at Perry Street where the Somerset team beat second place Cullompton Rangers watched by Registration secretary Clive Painter.
Bow AAC failed to leap the three places and regain top spot in Division Two as they were held at home by Dawlish.
Crediton won the top match in Division Three 1-0 against the Royal Oak, while in Division Four leaders Newton St Cyres Res crashed to a shock 9-0 defeat at Beer Res.
There was drama in Division Five with an Elmore player breaking a leg after just ten minutes of the match at Hemyock. Ilminster Town failed to raise a side for their scheduled match at Exwick Villa, and Halwill Res had to postpone their game against Lyme Regis Res because the pitch was unplayable
One game that caught the eye was in Division Six where the Spartans of Exmouth went down 4-2 against Cullomptons Bravehearts.
Over 50 goals scored in the seven Division Eight matches played.
Saturday 7th October 2017