East Devon midweek football round-up: High-scoring action for Exmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton

There were midweek mixed fortunes for East Devon football clubs – with Exmouth Town, Honiton Town and Sidmouth Town all in league action.

Exmouth Town FC, making a return after an 18-day break enforced upon the club by a positive Covid-19 test result, took on Shepton Mallet in a Toolstation Western League game.

Town took a first-half lead when an Ace High cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by a Shepton Mallet player.

It was not until the final quarter of the match that the Somerset side levelled – their opener coming from another own goal.

The visitors took the lead and then edged into a 3-1 advantage with a wonderful strike.

That’s how it stayed until seven minutes from time when Ben Steer fired Town back into contention.

In a frenetic finish, another own goal by the Somerset men, this one in the last minute of the game, restored parity to the contest.

However, straight from kick-off, Shepton Mallet scored what proved to be the winner.

Honiton Town FC were in South West Peninsula League Premier East action at Bovey Tracey where they took to the pitch for the first time under new manager Liam Raybauld.

They had Willand Rovers striker Fran Rosenwald in their side and he marked his debut with a fourth-minute goal, but then missed a penalty before half-time.

At that stage, Town trailed 3-1. With eight minutes of the half remaining, Chris Long headed home to make it 3-2.

But there was still time in the half for the home side to score again and take a 4-2 lead into the break.

Early in the second-half, Ben Ede rifled a 30-yard free-kick into the back of the Bovey net, but the home side had the final say with two late goals to win the match 6-3.

Sidmouth Town AFC scored four first-half goals without reply in their home meeting with Torridgeside in another South West Peninsula League Premier East game.

They got a fifth in the second half before the visiting side pulled one back from the penalty spot.

However, Town were not to be denied and they added two more to seal a comprehensive 7-1 success.

Lukie White netted a hat-trick, while the other goals came from Scott Hughes, Ferenc Bodor, Joe Miller and Will Jenkins.

All three East Devon teams are in action on Saturday with Exmouth Town hosting Hallen at Southern Road.

Sidmouth Town entertain Stoke Gabriel at Manstone Lane and Honiton Town travel to Torpoint Athletic.

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