PREVIEW OF SATURDAYS CUP & LEAGUE PROGRAMME
SATURDAY JANUARY 20
If the ice and snow stay away this saturday Premier Division leaders Alphington should complete their halfway mark of the season when they welcome Sidmouth Town Res to the Chronicles. The Alphas have only conceded eight league goals this far, so the vikings will cause a major tremor if they manage to avoid defeat.
Joint leaders Kentisbeare have played three matches more than the Alphas but to stay level they need to better visitors Lyme Regis, a side struggling to climb out of the bottom three.
Clyst Valley are way behind with their league programme so are hopeful of making up ground from the visit of third place Colyton.
The University Res have yet to complete a quarter of their schedule, and have a really competitive test at Topsham Road against an Upottery side enjoying a good campaign.
That leaves Okehampton Argyle Res at home to Sandford and a win for either would still leave them sitting where they are.
A good test for Division One leaders St Martins when they host East Budleigh and a similar job for second place University 3rds at Hatherleigh Town. Teignmouth Res who are breathing down their necks are at home to Newton St Cyres, and likewise Wellington Res at Lympstone who have been bolstered by reaching the County cup quarter finals last weekend.
Division Two leaders Central need to beware of visiting Feniton Res who had a good result at Beer Res last week. Second place Westexe Park Rangers host a Tedburn St Mary unit five ponts adrift on the bottom rung but from this weekend under new management.
Unbeaten Witheridge protect that record in Division Three at home to Halwill, and hoping that the University 5ths can provide an upset at Greenway Lane when they take on leaders Budleigh Salterton Res.
In Division Four the Heart of Oak have slipped away from the top recently, and they face another big game when they go to leaders Bickleigh, who in turn sit five points clear of a Honiton Town Res expecting a “warm” welcome in their big derby match just up the road at Dunkeswell Rovers.
Division Five leaders Starcross Dons, who slipped at Millwey Rise last week, have this weekend off and could see their nine points cushion trimmed again by St Martins Res who are at Whipton & Pinhoe.
Huge game in Division Six at Whipton & Pinhoe Res when they tackle leaders Railway FC at Hamlin Lane. Second place Otterton are at home to Axmouth United who are four points adrift on the basement ladder.
Just two matches in Division Seven but a chance for North Tawton to hit top spot with victory at fourth place Priory, a match which could be a cracker.
Very interesting clash in Division Eight where leaders Heavitree United Res host Lympstone Res who sit down in seventh place but have yet to be beaten and have only conceded six goals in their seven outings.
Cup action sees Crediton United Res at home to Elmore Res with both hoping to book their place in the quarter finals of the East Devon Senior cup.
In the Bill Slee cup Lyme Regis Res and Exmouth Spartans hope to resolve the last remaining first round tie with the prize of a trip to East Budleigh as the next step.
The University 4ths and Chagford meanwhile are looking to book heir place in the quarters.
There are also three Geary cup ties on offer, at Farway v City Raiders Res, Tedburn St Mary Res v Bradninch, and Uplowman United v Newton SC Res, all seeking quarter final slots
Thursday 18th January 2024