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Exmouth Town Football Club make a most welcome return to action on Wednesday night (October 21) with a home game against Shepton Mallet (7.30pm kick-off). Town, who have not kicked a ball since a 6-1 win at Bradford Town on October 2, , have been unable to play owing to a member of the first team group testing positive for Covid-19. The past fortnight without action has seen Exmouth fall behind in terms of matches played compared to other teams in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division. Indeed, leaders Parkway, who were surprisingly held to a 2-2 home draw by lowly…

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter says his emotions were ‘all over the place’ after his side’s thrilling Heineken Champions Cup final victory against Racing 92. The Sandy Park men were crowned kings of Europe for the first time following a 31-27 success at Ashton Gate that saw the teams share eight tries. Chiefs captain Joe Simmonds settled the nerves with an 80th-minute penalty. We’ve had our first go at a European semi-final and a final, and we’ve won them both. It is great for this group of players – Rob Baxter“My emotions are all over the place, really,” said Exeter…

Exeter Chiefs are the new champions of Europe.  The men from Sandy Park completed their meteoric rise over a decade, climbing from the Championship into the Premiership. And now they are the proud holders of the Heineken Champions Cup after they defeated French side Racing 92 31-27 in a compelling final played at the Ashton Gate, Bristol. There were no Chiefs fans in the ground owing to the on-going pandemic, but those that will have watched the game in pubs, clubs, and sitting rooms, the length and breadth of East Devon will no doubt have bitten their nails as the…

Few local sporting outfits are higher-profile in the heart of the town than Exmouth Rowing Club, writes Richard Robinson. Our distinctive, red-hulled quads and red tops are a regular sight on the beach-front near our club-house, the old lifeboat station, especially on Sunday mornings. Thanks to the support of British Rowing and the efforts of a conscientious club committee, we have maintained that positive image and our sporting ethos over the summer months. SW regional racing events were cancelled for the 2020 season, but ERC has recently managed to run internal races to keep mental agility, spirits and fitness levels…

Sidmouth Golf Club ladies compete for Gertie Skinner Cup On a sunny autumn day, the Sidmouth ladies played the final event of the summer season, the Gertie Skinner Cup, writes Angela Coles. This is one of the most prestigious events of the year as it is contested by an elite field consisting of medal and division winners from the year. The cup was presented to the ladies section in 1972 by the wife of the then-president, Arthur Skinner. The winner of the Gertie Skinner Cup with a net 71 was Mo Borer and the runner-up with a net 72 was…

Brixington Blues Under-15s recovered from a two-goal deficit to defeat hosts North Tawton 4-3 in an Exeter and District Youth League meeting. The Exmouth side made one of their longest journeys of the season to face a spirited Tawton team who sought a repeat of their win when the two sides last played. The Blues started the first-half against the slope. The midfield partnership of Callum Smith and Brad Higham quickly took control. Smith’s deft touches and well-placed passes launched repeated attacks. Lewis Tose and Jack McBryan led the raids from the wings linking well with Luke Ewing whose box…

Cranbrook Football Club were beaten 3-1 in their home Joma Devon and Exeter League Division Two East meeting with Millwey Rise. Cranbrook enjoyed much the better of the opening third of the contest and deservedly took the lead just before the break with a superb strike from Paddy O’Loughlin. Indeed, heading into the break with just a 1-0 lead was harsh on them. But for some excellent goalkeeping from the visiting glovesman and some resolute and determined defending – coupled with the goal enjoying a charmed life at times – there would surely have been further home goals in the…

The weather was a bit kinder last week which brought some busy activity at Axe Cliff Golf Club, writes Dave Bruce. The Tuesday Roll-Up boys enjoyed themselves, with John Purdy taking the spoils with a fine 37 points just beating Tony Strong’s 36. Tony did finish with a brilliant two on the difficult 18th, which takes some doing. Geoff Hughes and I did play in the afternoon amongst the showers and sunshine, but as we were not in the Roll Up, I won’t tell you our scores. However, we did have a fantastic lunch in the clubhouse with my lovely wife…

Honiton Town Football Club suffered a 2-1 defeat when they entertained Elmore in a South West Peninsula League Premier East meeting. Playing before the biggest Mountbatten Park turnout for some time, the Hippos took a 65th minute lead only to be pegged by well-struck free-kick just minutes from time. And they shipped another deep into added time to slip to a narrow defeat. Town were able to welcome back team captain Elliot Dyer after a spell out with injury, but were without regular glovesman, the injured Luke Ashford, and so youngster Tom Pryke was between the posts. Also missing because…

The poor weather and the ongoing situation with Covid-19 has restricted action at Honiton Golf Club over the past week, writes Ann Desmoulins. However, the ladies are still playing as many of their cup competitions as they can fit into the remaining part of the season. On Wednesday, the cup to be played for was the Marker Cup, which is a Medal format played over two rounds. Conditions were better than expected after the vast amount of rain that had fallen the previous weekend, but posting a low score was proving difficult due to the dampness both in the air…

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