PLENTY OF LEAGUE & CUP DRAMA ON FINAL SATURDAY OF EARLY KICK OFFS
SATURDAY JANUARY 27 ROUND UP
THIS WEEKENDS ACTION
Great drama around both League and cup on the final saturday of early kick offs especially in Premier where Okehampton Argyle Res came up with a massive 1-0 victory at home to third place Colyton. Victory was only the third for Okey but eases their relegation worries for the moment.
League leaders Alphington blew Clyst Valley away 5-0, a reminder that they mean business in pursuing their promotion ambition. Kentisbeare stay level after their single goal win at home to an Elmore Res side which came close to a major upset.
Lapford won a thriller at the University Res 3-2, but no neighbourly love from Crediton United Res at Sandford where Kirton came strong 4-0.
The Jurassic derby between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth Town Res was victim of the weather one of five matches postponed on the day.
Division One leaders St Martins won their derby at Dawlish United 3-1 which suggests that the seasiders who are still without a point may have a better second half of the season.
Second place Wellington Res had to settle for a single goal win at Teignmouth Res, the winner coming in the last few minutes, but it is the University 3rds who keep the pot boiling after a tough 3-1 win at home to Lympstone.
Elsewhere Newton St Cyres beat their ground sharing neighbours Newtown Res 5-0, Ottery St Mary Res won 3-0 at home to Hatherleigh Town, and East Budleigh made the journey to Bow AAC worthwhile where they won 3-1.
Farway United produced the big result in Division Two as they toppled Beer Albion Res 4-0, while new leaders Clyst Valley Res won their contest against Westexe Park Rangers 2-1 which was only the Tivvy side’s second loss.
A second win for the season for current basement dwellers Tedburn St Mary at home to fellow strugglers Tipton St John 2-1, while Feniton Res gave the University 4ths a run for their money before going down to the only goal of the match at Acland Park.
South Zeal United also won 2-1 at Exmouth Spartans.
Division Three leaders Budleigh Salterton Res were held to a 2-2 draw by neighbours Sidmouth Town 3rds which will have felt like a win to the vikings.
That enabled Alphington Res to narrow the gap as they triumphed 3-0 at East Budleigh Res.
Broadclyst closed in on the leaders with a 2-0 victory over Halwill, while the University 5ths got the better of lowly Hemyock by just a single goal.
Cracking game at AFC Morchard Bishop where they went under 5-4 to Division Four league leaders Bickleigh after leading 1-0 at the break.
Another corking match at Uplyme where they shared ten goals with Cullompton Rangers Res, and Cheriton Fitzpaine, who claimed their first win this season 2-1 away at Chagford their fellow battlers against relegation. The matches at Coyton Res and Elmore 3rds were both called off.
Upottery Res won their big Division Five derby at Awliscombe United 3-2, Millwey Rise and Whipton & Pinhoe shared a 1-1 draw, but a huge day for Exeter United as they won for the first time 3-2 against Tops United. The pair now share the bottom slot on four points.
Ex Dons won the top game in Division Six 3-1 at Otterton, but only one other match played producing a confident 4-1 win for Bampton at home to Whipton & Pinhoe Res.
Huge match in Division Seven saw Uplowman Athletic take over as leaders from City Raiders Res where they won a thriller 4-3.
Priory were prevented from joining the leaders as they were held to a 1-1 draw at South Zeal Res which was for them a first tie this season.
Bradninch scored the only goal of the game when they visited North Tawton, and a cracking 3-3 draw between the bottom two Phoenix United and Tedburn St Mary Res.
Results of the day anywhere were in Division Eight where leaders Heavitree United Res had their unbeaten record blown away 4-0 at Amory Rovers and Alphington 3rds 100% record was also shattered at Lympstone Res who won 2-1 and are now proudly the only unbeaten team in this section.
Further down the ranks City Raiders 3rds enjoyed a blistering 6-3 win at home to Okehampton Argyle 3rds.
Plenty of drama in the local cups notably the Bill Slee trophy where Witheridge won a penalty shoot out at Heavitree United 5-4 after the pair drew 2-2. Central won on penalties 4-2 at home to Honiton Town Res following their 1-1 scoreline at 90 minutes.
Bravehearts romped to a 6-3 win at Seaton Town so join Central and Withy in the quarter finals.
More penalty drama in the Football Express cup and a shock for St Martins Res who having been held 1-1 by Beacon Knights lost the spotkick showdown 5-4.
The Railway FC were 5-1 winners against Starcross Dons after the teams switched grounds due to an injury on the pitch at Starcross in a youth game being played there with an earlier kick off. Both teams and referee raced back to Cowick Barton and got the job sorted. Full marks to all for enterprise.
Also through are Exeter University 7ths who were far too strong for Exeter Royals.
Yesterdays ties completed the Express cup quarter final slots.
The University 8ths were also successful in the their Geary cup tie at Westexe Park Rangers Res where they won 8-0 and that too booked a quarter final slot.
Sunday 28th January 2024