PROUD KENTS TOP OF THE FESTIVE PREMIER TREE
ROUND UP FOR FINAL SATURDAY OF 2023
Kentisbeare will go into Christmas and the New year as Premier Division leaders following their 2-1 home win against Winkleigh, and that would have been a hugely nostalgic moment for their former club backbone David Goff R.I.P. Kents have played more matches than their closest rivals, but to be top of the tree would have brought a tear from Dave and his many friends and family.
Alphington who were without a fixture have four matches in hand, and their next outing is in the New year when they make the trip to take on third place Winkleigh who despite their loss at Kentisbeare can feel very proud of where they sit in their first top flight adventure.
Some emphatic victories elsewhere with Colyton tucking in behind the top three after beating Crediton United Res 3-0, Lapford hitting Lyme Regis for six without reply at the Davey Fort, and Sidmouth Town Res running up an unexpected 8-0 win at Clyst Valley which was enough to see the pair change places while now on the same points.
Upottery stay tucked in behind the main group but kept their challenge going with a tough 3-1 win at home to the bottom side Elmore Res who are hoping to turn a corner in the new year.
Finally last weeks shock team Sandford added to their run up to the festive season with a 5-0 win at home to Okehampton Argyle Res, quite a feast of goals in the top division.
The University 3rds brought Division One leaders St Martins down after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Minster Park. It was a cracking match with the college keeper making some outstanding saves to help his team close the gap to five points but with three matches in hand.
Teignmouth Res suffered a surprise 4-1 reverse away at Newton St Cyres and Wellington were undone 1-0 at home by Hatherleigh Town who could be challengers soon if they continue this form.
One point to note here is that Dawlish United failed to raise a side for their match at East Budleigh, the fourth time this has happened for the South Devon club.
Westexe Park Rangers are the new leaders in Division Two after their 7-2 success at South Zeal United, and take over from Farway United who lost a thriller at home to Beer Albion Res. The fishermen in turn move into second place. A first win of the season for the bottom club Tedburn St Mary 5-2 at Seaton Town.
Division Three leaders Budleigh Salterton Res romped to a 7-0 win at home to their nearest neighbours East Budleigh, but their two nearest rivals both won although in contrasting style. Alphington Res put paid to Bravehearts 8-0 while Witheridge edged home 1-0 against Heavitree United who ended the game with just eight players on the pitch. 33 goals coming from the five games played in this division.
Bickleigh sit proudly as Division Four leaders after their 3-0 win at home to Chagford, but interest centred on the big game between Honiton Town Res and the Heart of Oak which went to the Mountbatten Park team with a single goal victory.
Just two matches played in Division Five with victories for Whipton & Pinhoe in their derby clash at Exeter United and for Upottery Res 4-0 in their derby clash at Millwey Rise.
Three matches postponed in Division Six but a mighty clash at the Railway FC where their 100% record was shattered by the main rivals Otterton who won 3-2.
The other game played saw Exeter Royals collect just their second win 6-2 at home to Beacon Knights.
Division Seven is pretty crowded at the top as Uplowman Athletic 7-0 winners at Priory take over on goal difference from the Exeter team and from City Raiders whose game at home to Ex Dons was a weather victim, Then North Tawton sit a point adrift of the trio after they won 2-0 at Phoenix United.
Just two matches played in Division Eight a 5-2 win for Amory Rovers Res at home to Millwey Rise Res, and City Raiders Res 3-1 success at Starcross Dons Res which leaves the Dons rock bottom.
St Martins Res hopes of a quarter final slot in the Devon Intermediate Cup were blown away by a 4-3 loss at Axminster Town Res who in turn will now face South Brent of the South Devon League when the ties are played in February. A reminder here that the League will still be represented by the Railway FC who are at home to Newton Abbot 66 Res, and guaranteed a last four slot as City Raiders will be at home to Starcross Dons.
Sunday 17th December 2023