COLYTON TOP PREMIER, CHAMPIONS RIGHT BEHIND
The first week of the season was completed with Colyton sitting proudly on top of Premier with three wins from three. Their latest success was a 6-3 goal fest against an Okehampton Argyle Res side turning out for the first time but with a performance that augurs better for the visitors.
Champions Alphington hit six last week and did it again at Lyme Regis where they triumphed 6-2. That also means Lyme have shipped six twice not quite the start they wanted.
Lapford drew 2-2 in their local derby with Crediton United Res, which was a first point for the visitors, but a first ever Premier success for Winkleigh as they edged out Sidmouth Town Res 2-1, the vikings second defeat.
Kentisbeare were too strong for Sandford in the second half where they won 4-1, disappointment for the home side after a win and a draw opened their season.
Newly promoted St Martins opened their Division One account with a 7-2 win at East Budleigh, and that took them top above Hatherleigh Town who began their campaign on friday evening with a 3-1 win at Bow AAC.
Excellent 3-1 win as well for Wellington Res at Newton St Cyres, and for Ottery St Mary Res with a 3-2 win at home to Chard Town Res.
Teignmouth Res and Newtown Res shared a 1-1 draw.
South Zeal United returned from Tedburn St Mary on friday evening with a stunning 8-1 win under their belt to head the field in Division Two, and sit alongside Farway United who also played friday evening and opened their season winning 5-1 against Seaton Town.
The two saturday matches both saw 1-0 wins for Beer Albion Res at home to Tipton and for Westexe Park Rangers at Central, Rangers keeper saving a penalty after his team led.
Alphington Res and Witheridge both won 7-2 at Halwill and Sidmouth Town 3rds respectively to race ahead in Division Three. Broadclyst won 5-0 against Lyme Regis Res, while Budleigh Salterton Res also managed a nap hand against Heavitree United but also conceded.
The friday evening opener in this division ended all square 2-2 between Hemyock and Bravehearts.
Bickleigh went top of Division Four on friday evening with their 6-0 victory at Cheriton Fitzpaine, but that lasted just one day as Uplyme took over with seven up at home to Colyton Res and nothing conceded.
Cullompton Res joined the early leaders winning 5-0 against Chagford, while a point each for Elmore 3tds and Honiton Res in a 1-1 draw.
Division Five which has been cruelly hit by team withdrawals saw just two matches played. Starcross Dons opened with a 5-1 win against visiting Upottery Res, while Cranbrook United won by the odd goal in five at Millwey Rise.
Otterton swept to the top of Division Six winning 7-1 at Axmouth United, but many eyes on new boys Railway FC who were elated with their 5-1 victory at home to Ex Dons.
Witheridge Res settled for a much closer 2-0 win against Exeter Royals, an own goal saw Bampton pip Sandford Res 1-0, and Cheriton Fitzpaine Res just got the better of Beacon Knights 2-1.
In Division Seven Hatherleigh Res were unable to raise a side for their trip to Priory, but focus on Phoenix United whose 6-2 success at Tedburd Res makes them early leaders.
South Zeal Utd Res enjoyed a lively match against Bradninch winning 6-3, and there were 3-1 wins for North Tawton at Newton St Cyres Res and for Westexe Park Rangers Res at home to the City Raiders 2nd team.
Hemyock Res stormed to the top of Division Eight powering to a 9-3 win against Okehamptons Third XI, while Alphingtons 3rd team opened with a 3-0 win against Starcross Dons Res.
Heavitree Res just edged out Amory Rovers first team 2-1 which has been allowed to take their place here after the Tiverton club has had so many players leave.
City Raiders 3rd XI and Bow AAC Res settled for a 2-2 draw.
Sunday 27th August 2023