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PLENTY OF LEAGUE AND CUP ACTION DESPITE THE FROSTY SNAP

SATURDAY ROUND UP JANUARY 20

Frosty pitches took a big chunk out of saturdays programme but over half the matches were played and there was plenty of excitement in both league and cup. Alphington and Kentisbeare the top two in Premier both had to call off their home fixtures but that gave Colyton the chance to move within a point of both after an outstanding 3-0 victory at Clyst Valley.
There was another good match at the University Res where Upottery shared a 3-3 draw, and Okehampton Argyle Res doubled their wins for the season when they sent Sandford packing 4-2.

Division One leaders St Martins were held to a draw by East Budleigh who seem to be gathering speed. It was a first draw for the Saints and they did extend their lead to six points.
After last weeks euphoria Lympstone were brought down to earth losing 3-1 to second place Wellington Res, while Dawlish United completed their halfway mark of the season and an 11th successive defeat, 7-0 at home to an unsympathetic Ottery St Mary Res who were not going to miss out on maximum points.

Westexe Park Rangers were one of the weather victims and as such lost top spot in Division Two to Central FC who beat Feniton 2-1, but it was far from an easy success.
Clyst Valley Res slipped into second place with a very business-like 3-0 win at Seaton Town who had hoped for better.

Tremors in Division Three where leaders Budleigh Salterton Res went under 2-1 at home to the University 5th team, and Broadclyst were also beaten 2-1 away at East Budleigh Res. However second place Witherifge could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Halwill, and its all building to an exciting seond half of the season in this section.

With Division Four leaders Bickleigh a weather victim, second place Uplyme halved the gap to three points with a 2-0 success at the University 6ths which has hit their hopes of stic king with the top teams.
AFC Morchard Bishop playing catch up won 4-2 at Colyton Res, while Cullompton Rangers Res won 3-1 at Cheriton Fitzpaine who stay without a victory but on this performance may not have to wait much longer.

The weather did obliterate the entire Division Five programme, but Division Six was very active and saw both the Railway Club and Otterton stretch ahead of the field. The Railway were too strong for Whipton & Pinhoe where they steamed to a 7-0 scoreline, and Otterton beat Axmouth United 4-0, although full credit to the visitors for making it a good match.

Both Division Seven fixtures were played notably at Priory where they won their top clash against North Tawton 4-3. The University 8ths ran out 5-3 winners at home to Westexe Par Rangers Res.

All four Division Eight matches survived but it produced a shock result with unbeaten leaders Heavitree United Res drawing 3-3 against Lympstone Res who are also still unbeaten despite their bottom half of the table position.
Amory Rovers closed on the top pair after a 2-0 win at home to Starcross Dons Res, and there were victories away from home for both City Raiders 3rds at Bow Res, and for Okehampton 3rds at Millwey Rise Res.

The final first round tie in the Bill Slee cup was completed with Exmouth Spartans 5-2 victory at Lyme Regis Res, and that booked them a future date at East Budleigh, a juicy cup derby to look forward to.
The other tie saw the University 4ths into the quarter finals after the bundled out Chagford 9-1. The college now join Morchard Bishop and South Zeal in the last eight.

Uplowman Athletic beat North Tawton Res 5-0 in the one Geary cup tie to survive the frost, so they join three others, Priory, Millwey Rise and Alphington 3rds in the quarter finals.

The East Devon Senior cup tie between Crediton United Res and Elmore Res was another frost victim so a new date to be announced.

Sunday 21st January 2024