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Female footballers in Axminster are making history as the first team from the town to make it to the FA Cup.  The Tiger Way ladies take on Budleigh Salterton Ladies in the second qualifying round of the competition in what will be an East Devon derby on Sunday, October 3. And the side say grass-roots teams like theirs are ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ thanks to women’s football setting new records for attendance, support, sponsors and media coverage. We have exciting times ahead… with the ladies being the first team from Axminster Town to be entered into the FA Cup…Axminster Town…

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.  FOOTBALL 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…

Driving forces behind bringing the Tour of Britain to Devon and Exeter have hailed it a great success after thousands of people lined the streets to watch the event. The spectacle on Monday, September 6, saw more than 100 riders race from Sherford to a packed Queen Street, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Their 115-mile route also took in the South Hams and Dartmoor and American Robin Carpenter was first across the finish line to win the stage. The race was broadcast live on ITV4 and around the world. Devon County Council (DCC) leader John Hart said: “We could…

There is plenty of football and rugby sporting action in East Devon on the first Saturday of September, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley.  FOOTBALL Exmouth Town are away in FA Cup action on Saturday, September 4, and travel to Plymouth Parkway FC where they will meet Cornish side Truro City (3pm) in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Meanwhile, in terms of games in our area, two of our four East Devon clubs playing in the South West Peninsula League Premier East are in home action with Ottery St Mary, who moved up to fourth with…

A bid to build a new cricket pavilion in Branscombe has been handed a £3,000 boost by East Devon District Council (EDDC). The authority’s Community Grant Panel awarded the four-figure sum to the project for new facilities including toilets and changing rooms. Branscombe Ravens Cricket Club also hopes the scheme will enhance the experience for players and visiting teams. The village primary school will use space in the pavilion as an outdoor classroom and it will be available for community groups and activities. The Ravens had applied for a £5,000 grant, but councillors felt they could not stump up that amount…

The final Saturday of August saw matchday 18 bring the curtain down on the 2021 Tolchards Devon Cricket League and there were very mixed emotions for clubs across East Devon. Exmouth travelled to Hatherleigh knowing only a win would see them retain their Premier status, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley. The home side won the toss, batted first, and closed on 260-6 after 50 overs. Second change George Greenway was the most successful of the Exmouth bowlers with his return being 2-51. The Maer men were given a century start thanks to James Horler (48) and Andrew Buzza…

There is plenty of football this bank holiday weekend for East Devon clubs – with a host of fixtures on Saturday, August 28.  Top billing locally goes to the Toolstation Western League game at Southern Road where Exmouth Town will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season in both league and FA Cup when they entertain Cadbury Heath (3pm). The top local game in the South West Peninsula League Premier East is at Washbrook Meadows where Ottery St Mary, who have made an unbeaten start in terms of home games at the higher level, entertain Torridgeside with this game…

The bowls season in East Devon is in full swing with action in Budleigh Salterton and at Phear Park in Exmouth.  BUDLEIGH SALTERTON It is always an exciting time when any competitions reach their semi-final stages and that is no exception at Budleigh Bowls Club where players are looking forward to what are crucial matches as the 2021 outdoor seasons enters its final few weeks, writes David Roberts. In the ladies’ round robin four wood championship, the two semi-final matches will see Marilyn Foreman take on Rosemary Carter while Mo Bond will play Gwen Hurst. In the 106 competition, Mo…

Exmouth Town Football Club have been drawn away to Southern League Premier Division Truro City in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. That mouth-watering prospect for Town came when they were drawn out as tie number 119 in the 121 tie draw, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley. Indeed, Town were still in the hat with the likes of Salisbury City and Tiverton (they meet in tie 121), Bradford Town, Alton and Sholing, the latter two have to replay with the winners off to Sholing. With Truro City this season ground-sharing with landlord Plymouth Parkway, it means…

East Devon gold round-up – June 7: There was weekend action at East Devon Golf Club and Axe Cliff Golf Club.  This article is brought to you in partnership with East Devon Sport – click here for in-depth local coverage. East Devon Golf Club The 2020 knockout competitions were finally decided at East Devon Golf Club on the final Sunday of Mat, writes Helen Chivers. After a challenging year with the competitions being suspended twice because of Covid lockdowns, the sun finally shone on the Captains, competitors and spectators on Finals Day. The 2020 Captains, Malcolm Pressey and Jill Dunsford,…

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