Browsing: East Devon sport

Exeter City Football Club has submitted plans for state-of-the-art new facilities at its Cliff Hill Training Ground to East Devon District Council (EDDC). The scheme would see ‘dated and run-down buildings’ redeveloped at the site off Sidmouth Road, near Cyst St Mary. A ‘dilapidated’ pavilion’ dating back to 1974 will be demolished and replaced by a modern building boasting a larger gym and physiotherapy rooms, dining areas, classrooms and offices. They will serve both the club’s academy and professional team. The plans state: “Across the country, football clubs are developing new grounds and training facilities of superb quality and are…

Sporting clubs and groups across Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton have joined forces to boost a charity helping feed families in need this Christmas.  Withycombe Rugby Football Club has led a bid to net donations to the Exmouth Community Larder. It has resulted in a huge haul of food and non-perishable items being collected at Raleigh Park. We have had an absolutely incredible response to the idea, which….grew so quickly to draw support from clubs across the local sporting divide Withycombe RFC’s Adam Curtis said: “We have had an absolutely incredible response to the idea, which was formulated by our very own…

Honiton Town Football Club manager Liam Raybauld has endured something of a frustrating time since joining the Mountbatten Park men. The former Cullompton Rangers ‘gaffer’ took charge of the Hippos for the first time back on October 21 when he watched his new charges lose 6-3 at Bovey Tracey. In the seven-and-a-half weeks that have followed since that first outing, Raybauld has seen his team play twice. Town have actually played three games since the outing at Bovey, but the Hippos boss missed the 17-2 mauling of Stoke Gabriel. He did, however, oversee the narrow 1-0 loss at Torpoint Athletic…

There was an excellent turnout of 132 at Southern Road to see Exmouth Town FC’s friendly match against Tiverton Town – a contest that the visitors won 6-2. The scoreline does reflect the difference between the teams, for the Southern League Premier South high-fliers were by far the better side, particularly in a one-sided first half that saw them score five unanswered goals. It took Tivvy just two minutes to make their presence felt as Jared Lewington opened the scoring. Ten minutes later Dan Hayfield netted and it was 3-0 on 25 minutes thanks to a goal from Alex Fletcher.…

Brixington Blues Under-16s proved too strong for a battling Budleigh Salterton when the sides met to contest an Exeter and District Youth League match. The Exmouth-based Blues were quickly into their stride and game was only in its opening exchanges when the Budleigh glovesman was first called into action to make a smart save to deny Jack Drew-Cull. Blues again went close when, after a move involving Jake Haggerty, Adam Watts and Luke Paramore that resulted in a Makan Coulibaly shot drifting just wide of the mark. Despite the early Blues press, it was Budleigh who struck first, netting from…

Budleigh Salterton Football Club Under-18s made Devon League Cup progress with a comprehensive 13-0 success when they travelled to Copplestone Cobras, writes SpursTom. The young Robins were quickly into their stride and they took a tenth-minute lead thanks to a clinical finish from Sam Diprose. It was 2-0 on 23 minutes with Jamie Crossman powering home a header from a Ryan Daffin corner. Two minutes later, Finn Doyle-Stott netted a fine individual goal. The lead was extended on the half our as Doyle-Stott crossed for Daffin to net. There was still time in the first-half for Daffin to net a…

Ottery St Mary Football Club Under-15s celebrated a new kit sponsor and a return to action following lockdown with a 4-1 home win over Culm Sampford, writes Stephen Upsher. Before the game, Gary Yelland, of Artisan Roofing, generously presented Addy Carpenter’s side with a smart new playing kit. Carpenter gave starts up front to Freddie Clarke and Ollie Milton, but it was Culm Sampford who made the first impact on the game – rattling Ottery’s crossbar with an early strike on goal. The visitors’ glovesman was soon called into action making saves from Jake Johnson, Jack Carpenter and Seb Copp.…

Ryan Smales is the man tasked with running the new third team at Feniton Football Club. The ambitious Acland Park outfit will not be able to field their new side in the Joma Devon and Exeter League until the start of the 2021/22 season. But Fenny has made the move now so the new man has plenty of time to settle into the role and build a team. Smales played for Stoke Hill and launched his coaching career with the Exeter-based club’s Under-14s side – soon securing his coaching qualifications through the county FA. He came to the attention of the…

Legendary Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson is set to be honoured with the freedom of the city. Council bosses are to discuss awarding the player the prestigious accolade in recognition of his years of service to the club, the sport and the area. Steenson who joined the Chiefs from the Cornish Pirates in 2008, has made 311 appearances for the Sandy Park side, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. He is their all-time leading points scorer and has won two Premiership titles, a Champions Cup, LV=Cup and the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The 36-year-old announced his retirement earlier this month following the…

Ottery St Mary Football Club’s Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League South and West campaign could not really have gone any better to date. As the Otters kick their heels waiting for the end of lockdown two and the December 5 re-start of the season, they can reflect on their current table-topping status. The Washbrook Meadows outfit have played 11 games so far, winning ten and drawing one. To have completed a third of the league season unbeaten with ten wins from 11 outings is testament to the quality we have in the squad… No fewer than 14 different players have netted…

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