44 YEAR WAIT FOR THE BIG ONE IS VIRTUALLY OVER FOR THE ALPHAS
A THIRD MAJOR CROWN WITHIN THEIR GRASP
Alphington football club are poised to celebrate their first major league title for 44 years with the news that Colyton had beaten Elmore 3-2. The Alphas have dominated Premier all season but they still need just one tiny step to cross the line. The eagles hopes were almost finally squashed at the Peace memorial ground, leaving the Alphas on the brink of their third ever major league crown at any level.
Elmore hopes even of a top two finish were not made easier by Kentisbeare who were 1-0 winners at Sandford. However the University in third place and back from their Easter break went down 4-2 at home to Clyst Valley who in turn were ending their season on a high.
Lyme Regis have had a mixed finish but they came good at Crediton United where they ran out 4-2 winners.
On Monday afternoon Alphington and Elmore square up in the East Devon Senior cup semi final at the Exwick hub.
Winkleigh stretched their Division One leadership to seven points after beating East Budleigh 3-1, and they will be crowned champions if they win their last match at home to the University next week.
Their only rivals Upottery still with three to play are at least ensured of second place.
Division Two champions St Martins rounded off their league campaign with a 3-1 win at home to a stubborn Central side, and a big finish for Tipton St John after they beat Feniton 6-2 and could now end the season in the top half.
AFC Exe are closing fast on the Division Three title after their 7-1 win at Bravehearts. Seaton Town hopes dipped after drawing 1-1 at Witheridge, and they are nack and neck with Heavitree United who beat Halwill 6-3 in an entertaining clash. The University also stay in contention but they cut it fine with a 1-0 win at Broadclyst.
The Division Four campaign still sits between St Thomas Social club and the University despite St Thomas walloping Exeter United 11-1 and the college tripping up 2-0 at Sidmouth Town.
Division Five leaders Heart of Oak took a big step nearer the title winning 3-0 at home to Starcross Dons which almost ends their challenge, but Bickleigh winning 6-1 at Cranbrook United make them slight favourites to catch the Oaks.
Division Six champions AFC Morchard Bishop showed little mercy for visiting Beacon Knights as they racked up an 8-0 sooreline towards the wooden spoonists.
What a finish in prospect in Division Seven with all three candidates one game to play. Otterton who beat City Raiders 2-1 must win their remaining game next saturday at Whipton & Pinhoe to be champions. If they slip up then both rivals Exmouth Rovers and Exeter Royals with home victories can nick it. The nerves will be jangling and the mobiles
Division Eight is already sorted with Ex Dons as champions, and North Tawton finishing as runners up after their spanking 10-1 win at Farway United.
Sunday 30th April 2023