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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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

The national lockdown will mean a major headache for football league fixture compilers as well as our local clubs in East Devon. With no football being played below elite level between now and December 5 – at the earliest. It means that all six of the district’s clubs playing in either the Toolstation Western League , South West Peninsula League and the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League are facing severe fixture congestion over the second half of their respective campaigns. If we include Saturday, December 5 and take that as the first Saturday of the ‘re-start’ following lockdown two, then…

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