The second Saturday of September was not kind to many of our East Devon football teams, but it was better for local rugby, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley.
Exmouth Town suffered a fourth successive defeat when they went down 1-0 to Shepton Mallet in a Toolstation Western League meeting.
‘The Mallet’ are now the only unbeaten side in the Western League top flight and the Town defeat means that, in the past 14 days, they have exited the FA Cup and FA Vase and lost back-to-back league games.
In the South West Peninsula League Premier East, Ottery St Mary are joint top after a 3-1 win at Holsworthy.
After falling behind to an early goal, the Otters were 2-1 up by half-time thanks to goals from Matt Hesford and Pete Grover. Hesford netted a second after the break.
Sidmouth Town, looking to end a run of seven successive defeats, led visiting Ivybridge 2-1 at half-time thanks to goals from Ferenc Bodor and Scott Hughes.
However, a penalty kick and a late strike from the Bridgers consigned the battling Vikings to another league loss.
No joy either for Honiton Town, who suffered a 4-2 home defeat to Plymouth Marjon.
The Hippos goals were scored by Danny Bailey and second-half substitute Andy Isaac.
Both Budleigh Salterton and Feniton slipped out of the McDonald’s League Cup.
The Robins went down 6-4 at home to fellow Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League Alphington.
Morgan Pearce (2), Adam Wilkinson and sub Ryan Jackson netted the home goals.
Feniton, who also met fellow Devon League side Newtown, lost 1-0.
In the Joma Devon & Exeter League Premier Division, Axminster Town were 3-2 winners at home to Kentisbeare while Beer Albion defeated visiting Sidmouth Town Reserves 3-0.
Ottery St Mary Reserves were beaten 4-0 at home by Lapford, Colyton lost 3-0 at Elmore and Lyme Regis went down 4-3 at Thorverton
Exmouth made it two wins from two South West Premier matches as they followed up their opening day home win over 40-6 home over Okehampton by winning 35-21 at Launceston.
In South West One West, Sidmouth, looking to bounce back after their opening defeat to Keynsham, drew their first home league game of the new term 0-0.
Dan Retter saw a penalty effort hit the post and that was the closest a good Blackmore turnout saw to a score at either end of the pitch in the meeting with Lydney.
In Western Counties West, Honiton went down 47-12 at Tiverton while, in the Cornwall/Devon league, Withycombe scored late on to secure a 15-15 home draw with Plymstock Albion Oaks.