JACK FROST AND SNOW DOMINATE & LIMIT THE PRE CHRISTMAS SHOW
Just seven matches played out of the 47 scheduled
Little surprise but snow and frost wreaked carnage on the programme for the last saturday of 2022 with just seven matches played from the original schedule, The League will now go into the festive season for a two week break until we kick off the New year on January 7th.
Just one Premier game played saw seasiders Lyme Regis cross over the Exe estuary to another seaside opponent Dawlish United and make the return with a 1-0 win under their belts thanks to a last minute goal from Callum Garrett. That victory put the Fort Davey side into joint second alongside the University who were already away for the holidays. Disappointment for Dawlish but they are beginning to show signs they will climb the ladder in the New year.
SENIOR ACTION DIVISIONS 1-4
Teignmouth and Wellington were the only teams to see any Division One action and in a lively encounter finished up sharing the spoils with a 2-2 draw. Luke Caunter and Joe Sibal with the home goals, Tom Davies and Rohan Poulsom for the tangerines who had the lead twice.
After a few weeks layoff Division Two leaders St Martins faced a big game against third place Exmouth Spartans but left it to the last minute to snatch a dramatic 4-3 victory. That makes eleven from eleven for the Minster Park team, and they go into 2023 three points clear of the University. Liam Strong with two goals including the winner, George Lummers and Callum Owens netting for the Saints.
Lyme Regis staged the only Division Three match against Jurassic neighbours Seaton Town who came good 3-1, and turn over the year in second place. Robbie Fowler was the Lyme scorer.
Alphington are the first team to dent Division Four favourites St Thomas Social Club by holding them to a 2-2 draw.
George Collier and Cody Scott-Gibbs on target for the Alphas, Leigh Atkins and Declan Vowden for the Sai
INTERMEDIATE ROUND UP DIVISIONS 5-8
Intermediate football took a big weather knock with nothing played in either Divisions Five or Six, and just one match staged in both Division Seven and Eight.
So Bickleigh will go into the new year as Division Five leaders and with matches in hand, while AFC Morchard Bishop top Division Six but they have a battle to stay there with half the league teams in with a shout. This division has been reduced to just ten teams with both Ottery and Okehampton pulling out, but that will now put real pressure on all those top teams to avoid slipping.
Unbeaten Whipton & Pinhoe won the only game in Division Seven by 5-3 at home to Newton St Cyres, and that nudges them to within a point of inactive leaders Exmouth Rovers. Tommy Frost chilled out with a cool hat-trick for Whipton, Toby Jones and Clay Lowton adding icycles.
Hemyock pulled off a surprise result in the only Division Eight match winning 3-2 at leaders Ex Dons which was just their second defeat. Ash Saunders with a brace and skipper Cameron Tracey finding the net for the Hems.
Sunday 18th December 2022