ALPHAS STREET AHEAD
Sunny Dartmoor background for the runaway Premier leaders
17 Matches managed to escape the clutches of Jack Frost and remarkably there was at least one result in all divisions.
Okehampton Argyle chose to switch their game against leaders Alphington to the sunny 3G ground at nearby Ashbury although it cost them dearly as the Alphas eventually romped to an 11-0 victory including three penalties. The result sees Alphington miles ahead of the pack but they have completed more of their season. The game at Ashbury was quite competitive as Argyle resisted well but once broken they conceded five before half-time and the goals came regularly after the break as the home side grew despondent.
The other match played saw Sandford clock up a third win 3-1 at Dawlish United who had been hoping to leapfrog their mid Devon visitors.
SENIOR ACTION DIVISIONS 1-4
The big game in Division One saw Winkleigh edge local rivals HatherleighTown 2-1 to retain their leadership. Second place Upottery kept tucked in behind after they were run close by Newtown but came good 3-2.
There was a good battle at the University where Teignmouth shared a 3-3 draw, their fourth this season but a first for the college.
Tipton St John are off the basement rung in Division Two thanks to a 4-2 win at home to Tedburn St Mary, which saw Clyst Valley slip into last place follwoing their 3-0 defeat at Exmouth Spartans.
The University badly dented the Division Three title hopes of AFC Exe when they saw off their City visitors 3-0. Victory lifted the college into the top half of the table.
Alphington Res made it a great day for the club when they shaded their Division Three game against Uplyme 4-3. However the shock result was a 3-2 win for Culm United against the University which has badly dented the college title hopes in their quest to keep pace with favourites St Thomas.
INTERMEDIATE ACTION DIVISIONS 5-8
The University gave away ground advantage to get their Division Five match played against Teign Village and it paid off with a 2-0 success. Credit to the Quarrymen for arranging their swap.
The other game in this division was a lively 3-3 draw between Whipton & Pinhoe and their visitors Awliscombe United.
In the only Division Six match played Dolton Rangers hopes of going top were scuppered when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Cheriton Fitzpaine. The Rangers still remain unbeaten.
Plenty of action in Division Seven with Whipton & Pinhoe closing the gap on inactive leaders Exmouth Rovers after a 3-1 win against a dogged City Raiders.
Otterton enjoyed a 4-1 success at home to the University to close upon the leaders, while Bradninch made light of the weather with an 8-1 win at home to Hatherleigh Town.
A first draw of the season for both Starcross Dons and Amory Green Rovers in Division Eight where it ended 1-1.
Sunday 22nd January 2023