STILL LOTS OF ACTION & GOALS DESPITE THE WET WEATHER
SATURDAYS ROUND UP MARCH 25
Exeter University and Kentisbeare cut the gap between themselves and inactive Premier leaders Alphington with home wins. The college were able to get the better of Elmore 1-0, just the eagles second defeat, while Kents proved too strong for Lyme Regis 3-0. Goals from George Fawell, Bradley Riggs and star man Lee Riggs.
Clyst Valley sit happily in midtable after a close 2-1 victory over Sandford, Connor Howe and Vinnie Brockingham with the goals, and Dawlish United pocketed a basement battle 4-2 win against Ottery St Mary which lifts them above Okehampton on goal difference.
Division One leaders Winkleigh opened a three points cushion with a 3-0 win at home to Lympstone, while Wellington who were 2-0 midweek winners against Chard Town, had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Newtown and that was after getting a late penalty from striker Rohan Poulson. Aaron Hawkings was their other scorer.
The University stepped up their challenge winning 2-0 at home to Chard Town, Harry Buesnell and Dewi Paris scoring, while in the other match played Teignmouth were 5-0 winners at East Budleigh who had been hoping for a point to climb out of the bottom three.
All three Division Two matches were wiped off by the weather, but in Division Three big moves by Exeter Universitys 5th team and AFC Exe to remove Heavitree United from top spot. The college beat Halwill 5-1, while AFC Exe won 6-1 against Bravehearts. Seaton Town also moved to within touching distance after they won comfortably 5-1 against Chagford.
Culm United won their mid Devon derby against Cheriton Fitzpaine 3-1 but third place Alphington suffered a bad reverse losing 3-0 to Colyton whose Bobby Henderson struck twice and Mark Pearse once.
With Division Five leaders Heart of Oak rained off, but rivals Bickleigh and St Martins met at Happy meadow. Outcome yet to be resolved.
Thorverton won the only other game in this section 4-2 at the University.
Just two matches played in Division Six as well but leaders AFC Morchard Bishop took a giant stride towards the title as they beat City Raiders 4-2. Chris Andrews, Jack Parkhouse, Quinton Smith and Brad Turner sharing the goals. Noah Northcott and Chris Murphy answering back for the visitors.
Central jumped into third place after they won 2-0 at Sandford but with just two matches remaining it will be tough to stay there.
Otterton won a massive Division Seven game 1-0 at home to Exeter Royals and nudge them out of second place as they have scored far more goals. The pair have identical playing records but the Stantyway team have a superior goal difference. Melchior Manowski was the Otters matchwinner, but both teams agreed it was a corking game.
The University won 4-1 at Phoenix United in the other match played, Connor Pearse with a consolation for the home side.
Big surprise in Division Eight where leaders Ex Dons were held to a 4-4 draw by Lympstone.
That will have delighted second place North Tawton who were 6-3 winners at Starcross Dons. Will Bragg with a hat-trick, Bailey Vodden, Kieran Crump and Ian King in the goals.
However Tedburn St Mary hopes suffered a setback as they went down 2-1 at Bampton.
Millwey Rise were 3-0 winners at Bow AAC but with two matches only to play are no long in the title race.
Sunday 26th March 2023