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DRAMA EVERYWHERE AS THE WEATHER EASES BUT NO FIRST EVER COUNTY FINAL FOR THE STONES

ALL THE ACTION SATURDAY MARCH 9

Lympstone dreams of a first ever County final were shattered from the penalty spot at the Marine camp where they lost their Devon Senior cup semi final against Newton Abbot Spurs Res 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 finish. The Lympets had been granted a second chance at the camp after postponing last week, and looked in big trouble after conceding twice. However they fought back gallantly to level but could just not snatch a winner. In the shoot out two missed penalties cost Lympstone as Spurs converted all theirs and will now go on to face AFC Dumnoni from the North Devon League who beat Paignton Saints also on penalties. It also means no team from the League will be in the final for the first time in 13 years.

There was also bad news in the Devon Intermediate cup with Railway FC having their semi final against Starcross Dons postponed for the second week running. The pair will now try again this coming saturday at Starcross and the winners would then face either South Brent or Watcombe Wanderers who were also postponed for the second time.

Alphington hopes of regaining top spot in Premier were checked by Sidmouth Town Res in a 1-1 draw. The vikings seem to play better on their travels and to deny the title chasing Alphas victory was a top result.
Colyon are now within reach of the top pair following a convincing 4-1 win at home to Lapford, and likewise Winkleigh also won 4-1 at home to Upottery and remain unbeaten on their home patch.
Elmore Res hopes of a first point were denied at the University where they went down valiantly 3-0, while Clyst Valley climbed away from danger beating Sandford narrowly 2-1, the two rivals both sitting on 19 points but Clyst having played six matches more.

St Martins 100% record was fully tested at Newton St Cyres. The Division One leaders edged it 1-0 but a great effort from the Cyres to deny their guests.
Second place Exeter University Res were much more comfortable as they accounted for Bow AAC 4-0, and a sixth win on the bounce from third place Wellington Res 2-1 at home to Teignmouth Res. The cider men are another team which does well on its travels but has only one away match remaining.
Hatherleigh Town and Newtown Res battled out a 1-1 draw in the other match played.

Just one game survived the late bad weather in Division Two and saw Tedburn St Mary grab three vital points away at bottom of the table Feniton Res.

Division Three on the other hand saw just one weather casualty, four games completed, and came up with a major shock as leaders Witheridge plunged to defeat for the first time 4-2 away at Broadclyst where they hold a 100% record and was their tenth home victory.
Budleigh Salterton Res suffered a setback as they were undone 4-2 by Bravehearts who also love to travel but cannot find a win on their own pitch.
4-2 was a popular scoreline in this division and Heavitree United chalked that up as well at home to East Budleigh Res, while Sidmouth Town Res lost 2-1 at home to the University 5ths in the other game played.

Division Four pacemakers Bickleigh kept their 100% home record as they defeated Honiton Town Res 3-1 but a good scrap involving the third place visitors.
Both the University 6ths and the Heart of Oak won 3-0 at home to Colyton Res and Elmore 3rds respectively which keeps them well in the promotion chase, but second place Uplyme had their game postponed as Chagford were unable to field a side.
The other game in this division saw Dunkeswell Rovers win 3-2 at Cheriton Fitzpaine who are still without a victory in front of their own supporters.

All three matches were played in Division Five and saw St Martins Res win 4-1 at Millwey Rise to snip back the big lead at the top to eight points, and Saints have two matches in hand.
However what a day for the bottom pair. Exeter United also won 4-1 away at Upottery Res, and Tops United with their first ever away win 1-0 at Awliscombe United.

Just one game played in Division Six Witheridge Res winning 3-0 at Sandford Res which amazingly was only their second game at home this season and they drew their first.

Goals by the bucketful in Division Seven with leaders Uplowman United romping to a 10-1 success at Newton St Cyres Res to set the scene.
The University 8ths hot on their heels won 8-2 at home to North Tawton, and City Raiders Res in third place hit Priory for six without reply.
Bradninch won a thriller against South Zeal United 4-3, while Tedburn St Marys 100% home record of defeats sadly for them was extended to seven by a 2-0 scoreline against visitors Westexe Park Rangers Res.

Alphington 3rds 9-0 victory at home to Bow AAC Res sees the Division Eight leaders going four points clear but Lympstone Res remain hopeful after their 4-1 win at home to Okehampton 3rds.

Kentisbeare took time out to claim the first semi final place in the East Devon Senior cup with a 4-1 win at home to Lyme Regis. However they face a long wait as there are still three second round ties to be resolved.

Two Football Express cup semi final places were resolved. Otterton despite giving way a division went through 3-1 at home to Whipton & Pinhoe, while Beacon Knights just edged a battling Cheriton Fitzpaine Res 2-1. A third semi should be resolved next saturday when City Raiders meet Ex Dons, leaving Railway FC v University 7ths a week later.

Morchard Bishop are the first team to stake their place in the Bill Slee cup semi finals following their 1-1 draw at Central and then winning the penalty shoot out 5-4. However the quarter final tie at South Zeal against the University 4ths fell victim to the weather.

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Some midweek action at Dawlish United on tuesday when they are due to play fellow reivals Bow AAC under the lights at Sandy Gate, and then on wedensday Budleigh Salterton Res and Clyst Valley Res clash to resolve who will visit Farway United in the quarter finals of the Grandisson cup.

Sunday 10th March 2024