SPOTLIGHT ON THE LYMPETS IN DEVONS SENIOR CUP
Lympstone seeking quarter final slot for second time in Countys major Senior trophy
Following the recent expulsion of holders Exeter University 3rds from the Devon County Senior cup, both Lympstone and Ilfracombe Town Res of the North Devon League have been re-instated and will face each other this saturday seeking a place in the quarter finals.
The other good news for Lympstone is that the Devon FA have decided they will host saturdays clash which is at the Marine camp kick off 2pm.
The Devon & Exeter League sit fully behind the Lympets in their quest to make the last eight and on a personal note with family links at Lympstone football club going back over a century I wish them well and will be eagerly awaiting the result.
Whatever the outcome the winners have been drawn against Central FC in the quarter finals which are set to be played in February.
The weather looks very promising for this weekends programme, with Alphington in with a chance of regaining top spot in Premier on goal difference if they get the better of a Sandford unit which will be no easy task.
Current leaders Kentisbeare are involved in an East Devon Senior cup first round tie at home to Lapford with a quarter final place as the prize.
Upottery last seasons beaten finalists stage their outstanding preliminary tie at home to Bow AAC with the winners earning a first round date at home to Winkleigh.
Three other Premier matches on offer and notably for Sidmouth Town Res following their midweek victory at Elmore Res are hoping for a quick double at home to Clyst Valley.
Division One leaders St Martins have a tough task at Hatherleigh Town, and the University 3rds their nearest rivals have an equally hard clash at home to third place East Budleigh.
Just three points separate the top five in Division Two and Central could leap from fifth to top if they win at home to the University 4ths and other results go their way.
Huge derby clash in Division Three with East Budleigh at home to leaders Budleigh Salterton Res, and Alphington Res set to move into second place if they beat Halwill at the Chronicles.
Division Four leaders Bickleigh defend their five point cushion at Dunkeswell Rovers, while just down the road second place Honiton Town Res welcome the Universitys 6th team.
Starcross Dons grip on Division Five will tighten more if they come good at Millwey Rise, and for once a full programme in this division.
A possible tricky hurdle for Division Six leaders Railway FC who welcome Witheridge Res, second place Otterton at home to Sandford Res.
Some great matches in Division Seven where just a point splits the top four but notable that the top two City Raiders Res and Uplowman take on the bottom two Tedburn St Mary Res and Phoenix United respectively.
Three teams remain unbeaten in Division Eight, leaders Alphington 3rds at home to Millwey Rise Res, and second place Heavitree United Res away at City Raiders 3rds. However Lympstone Res with the day off.
Three Bill Slee cup ties to be resolved including the first round tie between Elmore 3rds and Farway United, and a place in the quarter finals of the Football Express cup at stake for the winners of the tie between Axmouth United and City Raiders.
Thursday 11th January 2024