Weekend round up
Brief report on most matches
Jack Lester became the first Joma Devon & Exeter League player to score as the season got under way last friday night at Witheridge. The strike gave newly reformed Bickleigh a 1-0 victory in their Division 4 West match, but the main action came on saturday with matches in all eleven divisions.
Just three were played in Premier East, Dawlish United kicking off with a 5-1 win at home to Sidmouth Town, goals coming from Toto Whittle 2, Simon Coleman 2 and Ben Smith. Jack Miller replied.
Feniton won a close match at Beer Albion 2-1, Aaron Pearse with both goals, Louis Spalding for Beer, while Kentisbeare ran out 3-0 winners at Upottery.
All four matches played in Premier West were productive for visiting teams, the most eye-catching result coming at Exwick Villa where Chagford ran out 5-2 winners.
Elmore enjoyed a 4-0 success at Hatherleigh Town, Winchester won their derby clash at Alphington 3-1, and Lapford completed the quartet with a 2-0 success at Thorverton Harry Leach with both goals.
Plenty of matches started in the Division 1 East with Otterton winning a thriller against Teignmouth 5-4. Singles from Jamie Cardwell, Lee Mitchell, Dale Roberts, Cameron Brown and Ryan Mitchell.
Beer won their game at Honiton 3-1, Max Richardson, Josh Lund and Brooklyn Wilkins on target, Clyst Valley began well as they saw off Dunkeswell Rovers 4-1, while Exmouth Rovers edged neighbours East Budleigh 1-0.
Lots of goals in 1 West, Halwill getting the better of Alphington 4-3 Elliot Collins, Darren Webber, Eddie Packer, and Sam Down holing out.
Uplowman Athletic were more convincing at home to Westexe Park Rangers, Reece Kingdom 2, James Campbell and Chris White getting the goals in a 4-1 victory.
4-1 was also the score for Bow AAC at home to Tedburn St Mary, Wellington looked too strong for North Tawton where they won 5-1.
Winkleigh made their trip to Heavitree worthwhile with a 3-2 success, but Heavies were pleased to have enough players to get their match played.
Sandford won their big derby against Newton St Cyres 3-1.
As many expected Axminster Town who have reformed this season and are under new management were much too strong for Pinhoe where they won 10-0 in 2 East.
Ottery St Mary enjoyed a 6-3 win at home to Cranbrook, Riki Pitter with a treble, and Sidmouth Town went nap without reply at home to Colyton.
Newly formed South Zeal won their opener in 2 West 2-0 at Culm United. Broadclyst hit six at Central goals from Reece Jordan 3, Alex Jones, Alex Goldsborough and a Steve King pen.
St Martins also enjoyed half a dozen goals at home to Hemyock, Jack Winsor with a hat-trick.
Cranbrook United who have changed their name from Countess Wear, were unable to celebrate as they went down 4-0 at home to Topsham Town in 3 East, while recent Devon Intermediate cup winners Farway United met defeat on their opening day 4-1 at Winchester.
Convincing wins for Dawlish United 6-2 at Devon Yeoman, and AFC Exe 4-2 at home to Offwell Rangers. No goals at Awliscombe against Upottery in their derby.
Top scorers in 3 West were Elmore as they polished off Cheriton Fitzpaine 9-1.
Broadclyst were not too far adrift as they put paid to Amory Park Rangers 7-0. Alex Von Vogt 2, Dylan Pearce, Stuart Tyrer, Kenny Smith and Ryan Pym on target.
Bradninch won 4-1 at Witheridge, Matt Reed, Zak Skinner, Matt Leaney and Ryan Trump getting the goals.
Cullompton won the Speeds meadow derby against Bravehearts 2-0, while Chagford and Central shared the points drawing 3-3.
The newly formed Central division saw 34 goals scored in the five games played, Kenn Valley United top scorers as they beat City Raiders 8-1. Hat-trick for last seasons top scorer Jamie Sly, doubles from Calum Finniemore and Ben Saxton, with Phil White getting the final one.
Newcomers Exeter Panthers whose average player age is Under 17 lost to a strong Cranbrook United 6-1. Parry-Jean Jarman with four goals.
Thorverton won 4-2 at Cheriton Fitzpaine, Tyler Smith, Nathan Cooper, Harry Stoneman and Alan Whitfield with one each.
Beacon Knights return to the league began well as they saw off Newton St Cyres 4-1, but Whipton & Pinhoe’s first match a derby clash at Priory ended with a 5-2 defeat.
In 4 East newly formed Falcons started with a victory 2-0 at Dawlish United, Ethan Parsons and an own goal earning their first points.
Joe Broadbent nabbed a hat-trick for Ottery St Mary 5-3 winners against Otterton. Max Thomas and Luke Bowler with the others.
Lympstone topped scored with 9-0 at Exmouth Town, while Seaton Town put paid to seaside rivals Sidmouth 5-0.
HT Dons won 3-1 at Bradninch, Tyler Camble 2 and Darel Whittle scoring.
Dolton Rangers making their debut in the League began with a 2-1 win at home to North Tawton in Division 4 West.
Newly renamed AFC Morchard Bishop were unable to mark their debut with a win but shared the points against visitors Okehampton Argyle as they drew 2-2.
Bow AAC racked up a 7-1 win at Amory Park Rangers, while Sandford edged their derby at Lapford 2-1.
Sunday 20th September 2020