Premier race not over yet after Lapford slip
All the Saturday action
The Premier league title race took another twist this weekend with Elmore holding favourites Lapford to a 1-1 draw. Dom Stapleton with the Lapford goal but it means Thorverton who host Ottery St Mary on Easter monday, are back in the hunt and it could make for a massive showdown when the two teams collide on May 2.
Meanwhile Beer Albion took another big step towards claiming third place as they routed Dawlish United 6-1. Taylor Rooke and Tony Pinder both scored twice, with Brooklyn Wilkins and an own goal sinking their coastal rivals.
Lyme Regis prospered from their trip to Okehampton where they won 2-0, Joe Bond and Josh Daniels with the goals, but Ottery St Mary and Axminster Town shared a 0-0 draw, Ja,ie Price picking up the tigers man of the match award.
SENIOR ACTION DIVISIONS 1 – 4
Although still in third place Crediton United stepped up their hopes of capturing the Division One crown with a 3-1 win at home to East Budleigh which in turn was a big blow to their hopes of a top three slot. A Ben Perry double and Tom Parkins were the Kirton marksmen.
Leaders Alphington had their work cut out to win at Lympstone 3-2, Tim Bradshaw netting both goals for the Lympets in their closing match. Defeat means Hatherleigh Town stay clear of the bottom two after their excellent 2-2 draw at Sandford which in turn has probably wrecked Sandford hopes at the top.
Wellington Town did their best to cling to second place with an 8-1 win at home to Bow AAC. Four goal Rohan Poulson was the tangerines star, singles coming from Jamie Fleet, Connor Noble, Aaron Merry and Josh Baker.
Upottery are out of danger after a 3-1 success at wooden spoonists Halwill.
Teignmouth have taken a firm grip on the Division Two title race as they swamped Otterton 9-0.
Winkleigh who slip down to second were not in action but cannot be overtaken by third place Beer Albion who rounded off their campaign with a 3-1 win at home to Newton St Cyres. Justin Hale, Jacob Clode and Reece Best with the fishermens haul.
Tipton St John were 6-0 winners at Chagford who look certain to end on the bottom rung.
The race for the Division Three crown is really hotting up after Westexe Park Rangers beat Central 2-0. Jack Lavery and Elliot Perrott with the goals, and Rangers still have three points to come for an unplayed fixture. Defeat finally rules Central out.
Lyme Regis defeated Heavitree United 3-1 thanks to Robbie Fowler, Freddie Thomson and an own goal while Seaton Town edged Honiton Town 3-2 in the other game played, Chris Williams and Bradley Morris on target for the home side.
With the Division Four top two already claimed by Cranbrook and Farway United, South Zeal United are almost sure of third place after crushing Colyton 7-2. Thomas Chastey and Thomas Walsh both with a brace for Zeal, Rhys Holland, Tom Bullingham and Connor Mills getting one each. Finlay Cox and Callum Somers with some respite for Colyton.
Bampton ended their campaign with a 1-0 win at Sidmouth Town which was also their last outing.
Culm United are out of the bottom three after a 2-1 win at Bravehearts, and Broadclyst are still on a mission to finish in the top half of the table after they beat East Budleigh 4-1.
Millwey Rise and Witheridge with little to play for grafted out a 0-0 draw.
INTERMEDIATE ACTION DIVISIONS 5-9
Cranbrook United rounded off their season in Division Five with a 6-1 win at Upottery. Kye Stewart with a hat-trick, Steve Bampton, Jack Kissane and Ben Rushton with the goals.
Awliscombe United gave themselves hope of staying out of the bottom Two winning 4-1 at Elmore. Ben Gay 2, Matt Carpenter and Martin Willmington with the Awls goals but they need Amory Green Rovers to lose both matches they have left against the University.
Uplyme are set to pinch runners up spot in Division Six from the University after their crushing 10-0 win at Okehampton Argyle, and with Falcons slipping up at home to Central as they were held 1-1. Callum Ruff with the Falcons strike but it was keeper Travis Tanner who was their late saviour.
Devon Yeoman beat Bickleigh 3-1 while Seaton Town registered their first victory to send Sandford packing 3-2. The win has cleared Seatons negative points deficit, but they still have one to be deducted from an unplayed match once the league admin catches up.
No matches played in Division Seven and there is only one fixture remaining which is next saturday between Thorverton and Beacon Knights.
Division Eight champions Heart of Oak suffered a second reverse losing 6-2 at City Raiders which for both teams was their closing match.
Westexe Park Rangers were due to face Bow AAC but the visitors were unable to field a team.
No matches played in Division Nine so the the runners up spot will not be decided until next saturday when Exmouth Rovers need to win at Hemyock to overtake Whipton & Pinhoe.
Sunday 17th April 2022