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Exmouth Town Football Club’s unbeaten home league record stretching back to December 26, 2018, was cruelly snatched from them when they lost 4-3 to Shepton Mallet. It was Town’s first game back following their enforced 18-day absence due to Covid-19, writes John Dibsdall. Their inactivity clearly showed in the opening minutes as the visitors dominated and missed three good goalscoring opportunities. As Town gradually gained a presence, Ace High shot into the side-netting and Aarron Denny’s individual trickery forced a good save from the ‘keeper, who then denied a Tom Gardner header. The goal that Town’s pressure deserved came a…

There were midweek mixed fortunes for East Devon football clubs – with Exmouth Town, Honiton Town and Sidmouth Town all in league action. Exmouth Town FC, making a return after an 18-day break enforced upon the club by a positive Covid-19 test result, took on Shepton Mallet in a Toolstation Western League game. Town took a first-half lead when an Ace High cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by a Shepton Mallet player. It was not until the final quarter of the match that the Somerset side levelled – their opener coming from another own goal. The visitors took the…

Sidmouth Town AFC junior teams were in action on the third weekend of October, writes Bryn Clapp. The Under-16s recorded their second win in three games since the opening day of the season as they claimed an impressive 8-0 success at Mid Devon-based Twyford Spartans. The goalscoring honours went to Freddie Eul-Barker, who scored four, and the others came from a William Bolton brace, Charlie Roberts and Henry Tuohy. The Under-15s secured their third win in four games to take them to top of the league following a 2-0 home victory over Moors Youth with the goals coming from Thomas…

Beer Albion Football Club and Exeter-based Whipton and Pinhoe served up a feast of attacking football in front of a Furzebrake crowd of 80 that saw the hosts prevail 4-1.  The Fishermen made the perfect start to the Joma Premier Division East clash when, with only four minutes gone, Giles Basson was brought down in the area and the referee awarded a penalty, writes Richard Honnor. Basson coolly slotted home the spot-kick. Whipton and Pinhoe boldly took the game to their opponents with some fluent football but their finishing was off target and Beer glovesman Elliot Driver was rarely troubled. Their best…

Ottery St Mary Football Club sit seven points clear at atop the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League South and West league after a 5-0 success at South Devon-based outfit Lakeside. What’s more, a fourth successive clean sheet means that the Otters have now played seven hours and 13 minutes since they last conceded a goal. Matt Webb scored a hat-trick in the victory. Ottery goalkeeper Jacob O’Callaghan last picked the ball out of the back of the net in the 13th minute of the teams September 26 home game against the Plymouth Argyle FITC Development XI. This latest success was…

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…

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…

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…

Budleigh Salterton Football Club ladies lost 4-1 to Liverton United in their first home Westward Developments Devon Women’s League game of the new season, writes SpursTom. The visitors pitched up at Greenway Lane sporting a perfect 100 per cent record this season having also notched no fewer than 20 goals in their first three outings. They made a bright start and took an early lead. In the opening exchanges the Robinettes were mainly on the back foot and they suffered a blow when young defender Kayleigh Roberts sustained a head injury that meant she could take no further part in…

Exmouth Town Football Club has had to forfeit its FA Vase tie against Sherborne Town after a squad member tested positive for Covid-19.  The Southern Road outfit had been due to travel to Dorset today (Saturday, October 10) for the 2nd Qualifying Round match. We would like to wish Sherborne Town every success in the next round and thank them for their co-operation – Exmouth Town FC Town had already been forced to postpone a top-of-the-table Toolstation Western League clash with Plymouth Parkway on Wednesday night (October 7). The club announced on Tuesday that a member of the first-team group had tested…

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