East Devon football: FA Cup woe for Exmouth and league defeats for Honiton, Sidmouth and Axminster

Saturday, September 12, will not go down as being a good one with regard to the fortunes of East Devon-based football clubs.

Exmouth Town FC were in home FA Cup Preliminary Round action, while Honiton Town FC, Sidmouth Town AFC and Axminster Town AFC all had fixtures in their respective South West Peninsula League campaigns.

All four were beaten.

The 2-0 home loss for Exmouth Town in their FA Cup tie with Southern League Melksham Town is arguably the ‘most damaging’ defeat of the four.

That’s because the FA Cup can be a much-needed boost to club finances – last season Town won their way through three ties and banked considerable funds.

But this year’s FA Cup journey has ended at the second hurdle, beaten 2-0 by a side that plays their football at one level higher than the Southern Road men.

What’s more, it is also the first home defeat for Exmouth Town in competitive Southern Road action since a 1-0 home defeat to Cullompton Rangers on Boxing Day 2018.

In the South West Peninsula League Premier East, Axminster Town suffered a third successive early season league defeat going down 4-0 at a Torrington side that played the final third of the contest with ten men.

The Tigers, who are back in action this coming Monday night (September 14), have now lost 2-1 at home to Dartmouth last Saturday, 3-1 at home to Elmore and away to Torrington, all in the space of a week.

Sidmouth Town, who were matchday one winners beating Plymouth Marjon 2-1 at Manstone Lane, went down 2-0 at Dartmouth. That followed a Wednesday night 4-1 reversal at Newton Abbot Spurs.

Town are also in midweek action in the coming days with a Tuesday night visit to Cullompton Rangers.

Honiton Town, who opened their account last Saturday with a 2-1 win over Holsworthy and then came back from  2-0 down at Cullompton Rangers in midweek, suffered a 4-1 defeat at Mountbatten to Ilfracombe Town.

Honiton are next in action on Wednesday (September 16) night when they are at Elmore.

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