LYMPSTONE ONE MATCH AWAY FROM ENDING A CENTURY LONG WAIT FOR COUNTY FAME
CUP AND LEAGUE ACTION SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3
Lympstone are just one match away from reaching their first ever Devon County cup final but will carry the League banner for the Devon & Exeter League on their own after both Halwill and Hatherleigh Town went out of the Senior competition. The Lympets, one of our oldest clubs, and without half their regular side, won their quarter final away to Central FC at KGV playing fields 4-3 on penalties after the pair ended a tight battle at 1-1. However Hatherleigh were sunk 4-1 at home by AFC Dumnoni of the North Devon League, and Halwill could not handle Newton Abbot Spurs losing 4-1 at home to the South Devon League side. The other team through to the semis are Paignton Saints who beat Newnham Rangers 2-1.
However both the Railway FC and Starcross Dons staked a place in the Devon Intermediate Cup semi finals. The Railway in their first ever season were far too good for visiting Newton Abbot 66 Res winning 5-1, and Starcross did an equally powerful job at City Raiders where they were 8-2 winners. Joining them in the semi final draw will be South Brent and Watcombe Wanderers Res who won their quarter finals both on penalties. The draws for both cups will probably be made on monday.
Seven Premier Division fixtures were scheduled at the weekend but the game at Lapford where joint leaders Kentisbeare were the guests was postponed due to the pitch not being playable, while over at Upottery their game against reigning champs Alphington was abandoned after just 30 minutes with the visitors leading 3-0.
However third place Colyton who could have inched closer, lost 4-3 at neighbours Lyme Regis who were elated with what was a top effort and just their third success this season.
Winkleigh had to work harder than expected to edge Okehampton Argyle Res 2-1, as did Sandford at home to Elmore Res who gave it their best shot.
Just up the road Crediton United Res were also run close by Sidmouth Town Res before winning 3-2.
Division One leaders St Martins hit Bow AAC for six without reply to maintain their healthy lead, their main rivals Exeter University 3rds having a much harder day at home to Newton St Cyres before grabbing the points 2-1.
Wellington Res saw off Ottery St Mary Res 3-1, but a massive blow for East Budleigh as they went down 4-2 at home to Newtown Res.
Teignmouth Res comfortably won the other match played 6-2 away at Dawlish United.
With Division Two leaders Clyst Valley Res on a day off, and Central FC in cup action, both Farway United and Westexe Park Rangers stepped into the top three. Farway sent Tipton St John packing 5-0, and Westexe fended off a stubborn University 4ths 2-0.
Elsewhere Beer Albion Res won their fourth game on the bounce and where better than at nearby Seaton Town 2-1, Exmouth Spartans also won 2-1 away to Tedburn St Mary, while South Zeal United put paid to visitors Feniton Res 4-1.
Another bad day for Division Three leaders Budleigh Salterton Res losing 3-2 away at Broadclyst, which will have earned big smiles at unbeaten Witheridge as they proved much too strong for the University 5ths winning 7-1.
Heavitree United won their big derby at Alphington Res 6-4 to strengthen their challenge, and whoops of delight for Lyme Regis Res who emulated their first team result with a 4-3 success at Bravehearts.
Bickleigh look to be running away with the Division Four title and a 4-1 win at home to Cullompton Res widened the gap between them and second place Uplyme who went down 3-2 away at the Heart of Oak.
The University 6ths remain on the outside and came out 1-0 winners at home to AFC Morchard Bishop whose challenge seems to be fading.
No sympathy for Colyton Res from visiting Dunkeswell Rovers who went away 7-1 winners, while the basement battle at Cheriton Fitzpaine saw Elmore 3rds come out on top 3-2.
With the Division Five leaders in cup activity St Martins Res closed the gap at the top to six points but they were made to work hard for their 3-2 success by Awliscombe United.
Upottery Res won their big clash at Whipton & Pinhoe 1-0, while rivals University 7ths had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Exeter United which will have boosted their spirits as they climb off the basement rung.
Otterton shot to the top of Division Six following their 5-1 win at Whipton & Pinhoe Res, and that was the joint lowest result in a division which saw 37 goals scored in just five matches,.
Top of the spree came at Bampton where they clocked up a 10-1 win against visitors Axmouth United, the Ex Dons won 8-0 at home to Sandford Res, and Beacon Knights hit Witheridge Res for six without reply. Exeter Royals won 5-1 at home to Cheriton Fitzpaine Res to complete the harvest.
A setback for Division Seven leaders Uplowman United held to a goalless draw by the University 8ths. Nearest rivals Priory closed up winning 4-0 at Newton St Cyres Res, and North Tawton kept in the race with a 5-2 win at home to neighbours South Zeal United Res 5-2.
Bradninch won the other game played 5-0 at home to Tedburn St Mary Res.
Unbeaten Lympstone Res kept their Division Eight title hopes in first gear as they beat Starcross Dons Res 3-0, but a gallant effort from their rivals across the Exe estuary.
Okehampton 3rds came good against Amory Rovers 3-2 and City Raiders 3rds played their penultimate league match of the season winning 4-0 against Farway Res.
The Geary cup tie between Heavitree Res and Bow Res was postponed.
Sunday 4th February 2024