TITLE RACES HOTTING UP AFTER THE WEEKEND ACTION
SATURDAY APRIL 15 ROUND UP
Elmore with a mountain of fixtures still ahead kept their interest for a top three Premier Division slot with a 4-1 win at Okehampton Argyle. Goals from Joe Barrow, Connor Stone, Brandon Parsons and Lewis White did the job at Simmons Park.
Colyton won an entertaining match at home to Clyst Valley 5-3 to move into fourth place but with just three matches to play they can do no better. Bobby Henderson 2, Kian Bedwell, Ross Broom and Callum Somers with the Colyton goals. Vinnie Brockington, Ed Williams and Will Kenny on target for Clyst.
Sandford won 4-2 at home to Ottery St Mary to virtually ensure safety. James Gosney and Charlie Norris with the Otters goals and they remain five points adrift.
Sidmouth Town and Crediton United shared the points from a 2-2 draw. Guy Allum and Dan Jones with the Kirton goals.
Huge 2-1 win for Division One leaders Winkleigh against Upottery, and looking good for the Winks as they now have the points in the bag.
Newtown went clear in fourth place after their 3-0 success at Lympstone, but Bow AAC with games in hand look likely to catch them after their 2-1 win at Teignmouth.
Big win for Newton St Cyres as they cling on at the foot of the tables. Cyres edged East Budleigh 21, Dylan Wilson and Mark Harris with their goals.
Thumping victory for Division Two leaders St Martins as they took out Tedburn St Mary 8-2. Four of the best from Liam Strong, two for Finlay Short and singles for Connor Parker and George Lumley. Jay Hendrick and Callum Sibley replied for the Teds. Only the University can now deny the Exminster club but the four point gap looks ominous as both have just three matches to play.
Farway United also clocked up an eight goals victory 8-1 at home to Westexe Park Rangers with Ben Fullick getting half of those. Jake Lee and River Leisk also both scored twice. George Harvey with the Westexe reply.
Division Three is still wide open but AFC Exe took a major stride towards the title wining 7-0 at Chagford.
Seaton Town up to second place also won 7-0 against Bravehearts with Seth Wakley on fire with four goals. Brad Conway 2 and Chai Pearce with the others.
Not to be left out Bampton hit Lyme Regis for six without reply.
Division Four leaders St Thomas won 3-1 at East Budleigh and go four points clear.
Budleigh Salterton won 5-3 at Elmore, but with two matches remaining are out to the hunt. Jack Hocking hit four of the robins goals, Ryan Fell with the fifth. Mason King, Freddie Loveday and Bryan Mawson scored for the eagles.
Sidmouth Town were 2-0 winners at Cullompton Rangers but look like staying in sixth place whatever they achieve in three last three outings.
Still plenty of candidates chasing the Division Five crown especially the Heart of Oak who beat title rivals Millwey Rise 4-2. Bailey Jason-Ryan with a double, Abraham Alabaidi and Thomas Bray with the Oak goals.
The other game played saw Thorverton win 5-1 at Teign Village who have just two matches remaining before they sadly return to the SDL.
The big game in Division Six saw AFC Morchard Bishop win a cracker against title rivals Dolton Rangers 4-3. Liam Tucker and Alan Woodcock boh netted twice for Morchard but Rangers whose Adam Bullen bagged all three goals felt robbed of a point.
Second place Central wound up their season with a 5-3 win at Devon Yeoman, but their five point cushion does not look enough to keep them there.
Only one match played in Division Seven but a crucial victory for Otterton who came away from Priory 3-2 ahead. Dale Evans, Ryan Wright and Conn Taylor with the Otters return, but the top three are neck and neck.
Massive win for Division Eight leaders Ex Dons by a single goal against second place Tedburn St Mary. If Dons now win their last match against Starcross next saturday, then Tedburn St Mary who have four matches remaining would need to win their four remaining fixtures to win the title on goal difference.
Sunday 16th April 2023