CLASSIC ROYALS BATTLE AGAINST THE ROVERS
The pre Easter action round up
Kentisbeare slipped into second place in Premier but it took a gritty 1-0 victory at home to lowly Okehampton Argyle to lift them above the University of Exeter who are away on Easter Holiday. Man of the match Rhys Cruse with the vital goal.
Elmore with a massive catch up to look forward to won 3-2 against Sandford, while Lyme Regis and Sidmouth Town shared their Jurassic neighbours dispute in a 2-2 result at Fort Davey.
Loads of action this week in Division One and a change at the top as Winkleigh regained the limelight edging Beer Albion 2-1.
However a bad day for Upottery who slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Teignmouth and scuppered their hopes of closing the gap between themselves and leaders Winkleigh.
The result of the day in this section came at Wellington where Bow AAC ran out 5-0 winners, and ended the tangerines 14 match unbeaten run. Callan Stone with a brace, Josh Coles, Brag Harris and Ciaran Nicks with aces.
Chard Town kept Newton St Cyres pinned firmly on the bottom after a 2-1 win at the Recreation ground.
Lympstone jumped to safety with a 2-0 win against Sidmouth Town, Richard Higham and Brad Worthington on target.
One game played on friday evening saw Newtown win 3-1 at home to Hatherleigh Town. Connor Madge with the visitors reply.
St Martins took over as Division Two leaders once more but despite dominating the game took a long while to assert their authority with a 4-0 margin against Westee Park Rangers. Connor Parker 2, Josh Jays and Liam Strong with the Saints goals.
The other game played in this section was at Clyst Valley where they beat Dunkeswell Rovers 3-1. Josh Barlow, Chris Elliott and Luke Gresham with the Valley goals.
AFC Exe took over pole slot in Division Three on friday evening after their 4-2 win at Witheridge, Rafa Sotomayor with the home goals, and the new leaders stay put despite saturdays follow up. Heavitree United drew level on points by edging Lyme Regis 3-2, and Seaton Town are chasing them closely thanks to a 6-2 success at home to Halwill.
South Zeal United kept their interest alive winning 2-1 at Broadclyst, while in the basement Bampton won 4-2 at home to Chagford to improve their hopes of clambering away from danger.
Uplyme did their best to prevent St Thomas going top of Division Four but went down 3-0.
Budleigh Salterton moved into third place on goal difference but only from a 0-0 draw at home to Sidmouth Town.
Two matching results in the basement area with Cullompton Rangers winning 5-1 at home to Cheriton Fitzpaine, and Colyyton racking up a similar margin at Culm United. Josh Trump with a hat-trick, Jack Rhodes and Matt Futcher with the Rangers goals, Kian Bedwell 2, Thomas Brown, Bobby Henderson and Billy Knox getting the Colyton goals. Corbyn Spargo with a colnsolation for Culm.
Division Five leaders Heart of Oak were checked by a 1-1 draw at home to Cranbrook United. Ben Gail with the Crans goal.
Second place Bickleigh were given a hard game by Awliscombe United but just made it 2-1. Lee Dixon with two crackers, Lewis Blackwell with the Awls response.
Millwey Rise suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Thorverton whose Charlie Crispin struck the only goal.
Whipton & Pinhoe were 3-1 winners at Teign Village, while Starcross Dons kept alive their plans for a top three slot after a 3-2 win at Amory Green Rovers.
Central’s slim hopes of catching Division Six leaders AFC Morchard Bishop ended despite their 6-3 win at home to Dolton Rangers.
Morchard made sure of that with a 4-0 victory at Beacon Knights, Alan Woodcock 2, Chris Andrews and Quinton Smith with their goals, and now only Upottery can overtake them especially after getting a nervous 2-1 win at City Raiders.
Witheridge improved their position thanks to a 2-0 win at Sandford.Harrison Welsh and Ben Payne with the goals.
What a finish in store at the top of Division Seven with two of the three candidates locking horns and producing a cracker. Exeter Royals won it 5-4 against Exmouth Rovers after being twice down. Dale Joy, Wayne Birch, Levi Bailey-Adams, Kris Roper and John Paul de Kock with the Royals parade, Chris Porter 2, Paddy McGuinness and Jack Draper with the Rovers return.
Otterton will join them eventually but their match against Westexe Park Rangers was called off as the Tivvy team could not raise a side.
Phoenix United earned a welcome point from a 1-1 draw at home to Priory, while City Raiders went on a goal spree at Newton St Cyres where they won 7-1.
Huge 1-1 draw in Division Eight between leaders Ex Dons at North Tawton. Both with just two to play the Tawts goal difference is against them, and much will depend on Tedburn St Mary in second place who were 5-1 winners at Amory Green Rovers and with a match in hand hold the key. Elton Hoxhay with a consolation goal for Amory.
Despite their 5-1 win at home to Hemyock, South Zeal United title hopes ended. Gareth Osman 3 and two goal Tom Bullingham scoring for Zeal.
Bow AAC beat Farway United 3-0 in the other game played. Kieran Cope, Jack Evans and Sam Matthews with the Bow goals.
Two Grandisson Cup quarter finals were played midweek. Clyst Valley won 3-2 at Sidmouth Town, and will now face Colyton who were 2-0 winners at Tipton St John
No dates yet agreed for the other quarters Ottery v Kentisbeare and Feniton v Upottery.
Sunday 9th April 2023