SANDFORD SHOCK TITLE FAVOURITES ON WEATHER HIT PROGRAMME
SATURDAY ROUND UP DECEMBER 9
No one saw it coming but Sandford came up with the result of the season so far when they shattered the unbeaten record of Premier Division champions and current leaders Alphington 2-1. Sandford even missed a penalty before taking a two goal lead and despite the Alphas pulling one back they could not turn the match around. It was the Alphas first defeat since April and November last year, when Elmore Res completed the double against them and were the only team to take them down last season, following their return from the Devon League.
The game kicked off early at the Exwick hub, and Sandford fully deserved their success and the sporting Alphington team took defeat well and wished Sandford the best for the remainder of the season.
On a day when the weather reduced the programme to eight league matches and one County cup clash the result was not the only surprise in Premier. That came at Wnkleigh where bottom of the table Elmore Res managed to share a 1-1 draw with high flying Winkleigh, and wipe out the points deficit they had. The eagles also prevented Winkleigh from going joint top so two massive results on the day.
The other four Premier games were called off, and all three fixtures due to be played in Division One were also weather victims.
Duckes meadow in Exeter was abe to stage three matches the highest level being the Division Two game between the University 4ths and Beer Albion Res which the college won 3-1, and although in sixth place they are now just three points behind leaders Farway United who were called off at Westexe.
However the University 5ths came unstuck 2-1 against Alphington Res in the only Division Three match played which keeps the Alphas tucked in close to the top two.
Nothing played in Division Four, but in Division Five runaway leaders Starcross Dons beat an Awliscombe United side 4-0, but the visitors felt the scoreline was cruel on their efforts to stem the Dons massive lead.
Seven up for the Division Six leaders Railway FC as they were 4-1 winners at Withycombe common home of the Ex Dons, and they now have a five points cushion on their rivals.
Priory top Division Seven after routing Newton St Cyres Res 6-0, and these are heady days for the club who could be turning over the year in a slot they have not too often occupied.
Just one Division Eight match played saw Bow AAC Res and Okehampton 3rds get together for a local derby and share a 1-1 draw.
The one cup tie to be resolved saw the Devon County Senior cup holders Exeter University 3rds move closer to retaining their crown when they won the restaged game against Lympstone 2-0. The college will now face a neighbourly clash at Central FC for a place in the semi finals. The full draw can be found on our cups page.
Sunday 10th December 2023