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Exmouth Spartans Football Club suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat when they entertained Lyme Regis Reserves in their opening game of a new Joma Devon and Exeter League season. A lack of pitch availability hindered the Spartans in pre-season, but they clearly did not lack match fitness as they made a bright start to the game. The visitors carried a threat up top, but that was dealt with most efficiently by Spartans’ centre backs Ross James and Matt Amor, to such a degree that goalkeeper Jack Walsh was relatively under employed. The nearest either team came to a goal in the…

Thousands of Exmouth residents selected at random are yet to vote on how £300,000 should be spent on the town’s sport services. East Devon District Council posted out 5,000 letters to homes in Exmouth, asking residents to vote for their favourite sport projects. The council said 4,130 households are yet to reply and the 5pm Monday, October 19 deadline is looming. Councillor Steve Gazzard, Exmouth mayor and EDDC member for Withycombe Raleigh, said: “Sports clubs and facilities are the lifeblood of Exmouth, bringing our community together and helping people of all ages develop. “Each of the seven worthy projects that…

The Axe Cliff seniors had a very good turnout for our annual Yellow Ball Trophy competition, writes Dave Bruce. It was played in teams of three and the competition was played throughout in near gale force winds which led to a lot of yellow balls being lost far too early in the round. It is a stableford format with the two best holes to count. However, whoever was playing with the yellow ball, his score counts double. To add to the excitement and nerves the yellow ball changes each hole as it must alternate consecutively between all three team members…

On a beautiful Autumn afternoon, the Budleigh bowlers came out in force to compete for the Centenary Cup – a round-robin tournament with eight triples teams all playing each other across different rinks, writes David Roberts. The beauty of this format is that you have plenty of opportunity to recover if you start slowly and that was the case for the winning triple of Marilyn Foreman, Tony Gooding and Brian Ward, who lost their first match, but finished the afternoon with plus eleven shots to secure the cup. Winning five of the seven matches and only conceding nine shots across…

Despite a much-shortened cricket season owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the very popular Budleigh Cricket Club Community League competition was still able to be held. The fact that any play was possible this year, both in the Tolchards Devon League campaign and the club’s Community League, was very much down to the extreme efforts of Ottermouth groundsman Ray Dawson. Eight teams took part in the Community League, contested annually and played as a T20 format. The final was held last Sunday with Budleigh CC Academy batting first and leaving opponents, a team representing The Sir Walter Raleigh in East Budleigh,…

Lyme Regis Golf Club ladies played their 36-hole championships in a day with five prizes up for grabs, writes Richard Jackman. And although two names shone out on the day, the overall performances were a good reflection on the strength of the section. The stroke play championship was won by scratch golfer Melissa McMahon who laid a solid, brilliant foundation by scoring one under par on the first 18, which included two consecutive birdies on two par fives. In second place was Jean Jolley with Rosie Jackman taking third spot. Jolley went one better in the handicap competition putting together…

Exeter City Football Club is to explore whether it should leave its St James Park home of more than a century and relocate elsewhere.  The Grecians have agreed to a feasibility study to examine the benefits and disadvantages of a potential move and what, if any, possible opportunities there are for a new stadium and sporting facility. It is all part of Exeter City Council starting preparations for a new Local Plan which will guide developments over the next 20 years, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. The club has played at St James Park since its formation in 1904 and recently…

Celebrations have been held by Exmouth Rowing Club, showcasing a new boat bought thanks to help from a town council grant. The group, which came out of lockdown in August, recently bought a Lightboat single skull with a £750 gift from Exmouth Town Council, added to club funds. The club said new boat will help its rowers boost their technique and skills in the water. Joe Stafford, Exmouth Rowing Club captain, said the club was ‘enormously grateful’ to the town council for its grant help. He said: “The new addition to our fleet will help us with coaching to encourage…

What a difference a week makes in football, writes Exmouth Town Football Club president John Dibsdall. Last week it was a tale of two 2-0 defeats; a loss in our first league game and an exit from the FA Cup. This week a superb 4-1 home league win over our Devon rivals,Tavistock, and then a nail-biting penalty shoot-out success in the FA Vase against Mousehole from the South West Peninsula League. The Vase tie produced excellent play from both sides, plenty of goalmouth action, but it was missing just one important ingredient: goals. The visitors, making their first appearance in the FA Vase…

A late goal from Ryan Mitchell completed a remarkable comeback for Otterton Football Club in a 5-4 Devon and Exeter League win over Teignmouth.  The home side were slow to get into the opening-day game and fell two goals down early on. This prompted a switch by the home management with the introduction of Lee Mitchell from the bench and straight into a forward role, while Ryan White moved into the right-back berth. And the ‘switches’ paid instant dividends with Otterton looking a much more composed outfit. A clinical header from Jamie Cardwell sent the Ottersinto the interval just a goal…

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