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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…

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…

Feniton Football Club has announced it is set to launch a third team. It’s further evidence, if any were needed, that the Acland Park outfit is very set on its ambitious plans to move up the football pyramid. Feniton boss James Hiscox said: “The addition of a third team is another massive step in the right direction for the club. “We are certainly ambitious and want to push all three sides up the pyramid. “The youth set up at our club is the strongest it’s ever been and the advent of a third team strengthens the opportunities for the youth…

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…

Honiton Town Football Club got new manager Liam Raybauld’s home record off to the prefect start by beating Stoke Gabriel 17-2.  The Hippos marked the new gaffer’s first Mountbatten Park match in charge with a resounding win in the South West Peninsula League Premier East fixture The contest saw Honiton race into a 6-0 lead before the South Devon men pulled two back. But thereafter it was one-way action with the Hippos scoring at regular intervals. With Willand Rovers being without a game – the Southern League Division One South side were fortunate enough to have a bye in the…

The 2020/21 rugby season for East Devon clubs is over. This is sad news for the likes of the Cockles (Exmouth RFC), Sidmouth RFC, Honiton RFC and Withycombe RFC. It follows the announcement that the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the Adult Competitive Leagues (Level 3 and below for Men, Level 2 and below for Women) for the 2020/21 season. In a statement released on the final Friday of October, the RFC announced: “We believe that, even if a return to full contact rugby becomes possible, playing a meaningful competitive league season resulting…

The Honiton Golf Club Tuesday Mixed planned Banks Trophy competition was unable to go ahead as the course was closed after very heavy rain made it unplayable, writes Ann Desmoulins. With the update in the Government restrictions coming into force this next week, it is likely that the competition will have to be postponed until next year. Watch this space! Meanwhile, the ladies were more fortunate than the Mixed Group and they were able to complete their three-ball, better ball Stableford (two scores to count), although many finished in the rain as the weather was not going to let them…

There were mixed fortunes for East Devon football clubs in the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League matches played on the final Saturday of October. In the South and West Division, Ottery St Mary continue to power away at the top of the table and they made it ten wins in 11 unbeaten matches since the first whistle of this league season. The Otters won 2-1 at Roselands. The victory means Ottery sit six points clear at the top of the table with second-placed Okehampton – who won 4-0 at Plymstock United. In the North and East Division, Budleigh Salterton shared…

Millwey Rise AFC Reserves were 3-2 winners when they entertained Bradninch Reserves in a Joma Devon and Exeter League Division Four East fixture, writes Dick Sturch. The winning goal was scored by the Millwey Rise Football Club chairman, 56-year-old Simon Flint, who was summoned from the bench to play the final 20 minutes and used all his guile and experience to notch the late winner. In what proved to be a very tight first-half, Bradninch scored first, but Sam Burke equalised from the penalty spot after the visiting team’s goalkeeper had committed a foul. The glovesman first being shown a…

The Honiton Golf Club Tuesday Mixed, a popular group, made a welcome return to organised play, writes Ann Desmoulins. They contested a 14-hole Texas Scramble that drew an encouraging turnout of 36 players. The weather forecast had indicated that there would be no rain, but unfortunately it was wrong and a couple of torrential downpours, coupled with strong winds, made the going tough. Nevertheless, everyone completed the course and there were some excellent scores. The winning team, Cathy and John Pawley, Olwen and Bill Eaton, had a net score of 46.7. In second place, with a net score of 48.7,…

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