East Devon football and rugby round-up – October 23

The penultimate Saturday of October brought success on both the football pitch and rugby pitch for East Devon teams.

Exmouth Town FC came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Saltash United to climb into ninth spot in the Toolstation Western League, while Exmouth RFC were 48-19 winners at home to Brixham.

They are now the ‘best of the rest’, sitting third in the South West Premier League table with University of Exeter and Weston-super-Mare-based Hornets the two at the top both sporting 100 per cent record after seven games.

Ottery St Mary AFC won for the tenth time in 16 South West Peninsula League Premier East with a 4-2 home win over Cullompton Rangers.

But there was a single-goal defeat for Honiton Town on their visit to Okehampton and, in a Friday night fixture, Sidmouth Town were edged out 2-1 at Bovey Tracey.

In the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League, North & East, Feniton made a welcome return to winning ways with a 4-1 home win over Newtown.

In the Joma Devon & Exeter League, there were Premier Division wins for leaders Beer Albion and also for Axminster Town Reserves, but defeats in their top-flight games for Colyton, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth Town Reserves.

Here’s the local football and rugby in more detail…..

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Exmouth Town came back from a goal down – and own goal at that – to claim all three points on their visit to Saltash United, exacting revenge for a Southern Road defeat to the Cornish side earlier in the campaign.

Town, without the services of striker Jordan Harris, won 2-1 thanks to goals from Morgan Cullen and Mark Lever.

Town also missed a penalty and are up to ninth in the table. Next up they have a Friday night date at table-topping Tavistock (7.45pm) who will start the game sitting 12 points better off than the Southern Road men, but having played four more games.

Ottery St Mary consolidated a top-four berth in the South West Peninsula League Premier East after their 4-2  Washbrook Meadows win over Cullompton Rangers thanks to a debut goal from Jamie Vaughan-Ryall and others from Marcus Fanson (two) and Danny Pym, the latter netting from the penalty spot.

The Otters are back in action on Wednesday night with a home game against Bovey Tracey. Another Otters win could see them end the night sitting second in the Premier East table.

Honiton Town battled superbly against table-topping Okehampton Argyle before being edged out by a single goal.

The Hippos remain 17th after the defeat and they, like the Otters, are back in action on Wednesday night, in their case with a visit to Cullompton Rangers.

Sidmouth Town were in Friday night action when they were edged out 2-1 at the Coach Road home of the Devon FA where they met Bovey Tracey in a close encounter.

The Vikings, who had won their first league game of the season a few days before, are back in action next Saturday (October 30) when they travel to North Devon to meet Hoplsworthy.

Axminster Town were without a Saturday game, but the Tigers are also in midweek action when they travel to Tiverton to take on Elmore.

All three of the Wednesday night matches involving our local teams, have 7.30pm kick-off times.

Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League, North & East Feniton bounced back to winning ways with an excellent 4-1 Acland Park win over Newtown.

However, Topsham Town were beaten 2-1 at table-topping Exwick Villa.

In the Joma Devon & Exeter League, Beer Albion remain a point clear at the top of the Premier Division after an eighth win in 10 league games, a 5-2 home success over Dawlish United.

Axminster Town Reserves sit seventh after a fifth win in eight, in their case a 6-1 Tiger Way crushing of Okehampton Argyle Reserves.

In other top flight games, Sidmouth Town Reserves lost 3-2 at home to Elmore Reserves, Lyme Regis went down 4-1 at home to Thorverton and Colyton were beaten 5-2 at a Lapford side that sit second behind Beer, a point shy of the Fishermen and they have played a game less.

In Division One, the woes continue for Lympstone after their latest defeat – a 2-0 home reversal at the hands of Bow AAC – that a seventh loss in as many outings for the Lympets.

In the same division, East Budleigh drew for the first time in seven games this league term; held 1-1 at home by University III.

Upottery were beaten for the third time in eight league starts, going down 3-1 at Glebe Park to a Newtown Reserves side that won for just the second time in 10 outings.

Chard Town Reserves are fourth after a 2-1 home win over third bottom Hatherleigh.

In Division Two, Exmouth Spartans sprang a big surprise as they inflicted a first defeat of the league season on table-topping Beer Albion Reserves.

Spartans, winners for just the third time this season, claimed the points with a 5-2 home success.

In the same section, Dunkeswell Rovers were beaten 1-0 at Tedburn St Mary who had begun the day just a point better off than basement dwellers Dunkeswell.

In Division Three, Feniton Reserves bagged a fourth win in eight games with a 3-1 success at Exeter United.

Honiton Town Reserves netted four times in their home game against St Martins who scored eight on their visit to Mountbatten Park.

Seaton Town went down 6-2 at Exeter University IIII and Lyme Regis Reserves, who were also in action in Exeter, went down 4-1 at Heavitree United.

In Division Four, East Budleigh Reserves went down 9-3 at the Silver Street, Willand, home of second-in-the-table Bravehearts.

Cranbrook are up to third after a 5-1 home win over South Zeal – and have a game in hand on leaders Farway United.

In the same section, Colyton Reserves lost 5-1 at Bampton, Millwey Rise were 1-0 winners at Cullompton Rangers Reserves and Sidmouth Town Thirds won 3-2 at Witheridge.

In Division Five, Upottery Reserves remain bottom after they went down 4-2 at Amory Green Rovers, Cranbrook United scored five times at Dawlish United Reserves, but the South Devon men outscored them, netting seven times.

Topsham Town Thirds were 4-0 home winners over Cheriton Fitzpaine.

In Division Six, Seaton Town Reserves suffered a ninth successive defeat, beaten 4-0 at home by Witheridge Reserves while Uplyme won 3-2 at Kenn Valley United to continue their pursuit of leaders Okehampton Argyle Thirds.

In Division Seven, Sidmouth Town Fourths went down 6-2 at home to Beacon Knights while Otterton shared six goals with hosts Cheriton Fitzpaine Reserves.

In Division Eight, Cranbrook United Reserves won 4-1 at home to Tedburn St Mary Reserves while Millwey Rise were 3-2 home winners against University of Exeter VIII.

In Division Nine, Exmouth Rovers defeated visiting Whipton & Pinhoe 3-1, but Feniton Development XI were beaten 6-1 at home by City Raiders.


Exmouth sit third in the South West Premier League table after a decisive 48-19 Imperial Ground success over Brixham.

Next up for the Cockles is a trip to Cambourne on Saturday (October 30) where they will be playing a Cornish side that sits bottom of the table having lost six of their seven league games so far this season.

Sidmouth are 11th in South West One West after they were beaten 38-14 at home by table-topping St Austell.

Sidmouth are without a game this coming Saturday – they are next in action the week after with a November 6 home meeting with Thornbury.

The woe continues for Honiton in their Western Counties campaign with the Lacemen beaten 63-22 at home by Chard.

Next up for Honiton is a game this coming Saturday (October 30) away in Cornwall where they will meet a Falmouth side that has lost six and won just one of their seven games in the league so far this term.

Withycombe won for the first time on their travels this Cornwall and Devon campaign with Withy 5-3 winners at Liskeard Looe.

Withy are up to eighth in the table and this coming Saturday they host a ‘local derby’ at Raleigh Park with the visitors being a Topsham side that currently sit second in the table.

Honiton Town have announced details of their forthcoming Devon St Lukes Bowl tie against Exeter City.

With the Hippos not having floodlights at their Mountbatten Park home, the fixture has been moved to the Adam Brice Tyres Washbrook Meadow home ground of Ottery St Mary.

The tie will be played at the home of the Otters’ on Wednesday, November 10.

In making the announcement of the fixtures, the Hippos have said a loud thank you to Ottery St Mary Football Club for their gesture of allowing the match to be played under their lights.

Ticket prices for the cup tie will be announced in due course.

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