Weather wins as clubs in Mid Devon are hit hard
THE Devon & Exeter League programme was severely hit by the weather again, with not a single match taking place in the Mid Devon area.
Only the reserve teams of Witheridge and Thorverton were in action, and that was because they were visitors to less weather-affected clubs in East Devon.
In the Premier Division, Willand Rovers were hoping to avenge their heavy defeat at Feniton but the Silver Street team called the game off on Friday.
However, Rovers should be back in action this Saturday when they make the journey to Beer Albion where the Furzebrake ground is rarely out of action.
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Thorverton were due to welcome Beer, but Raddon Road was also under water, and Morchard Bishop, who should have been at Clyst Valley, were stopped from travelling at the 11th hour by their hosts, who delayed as long as possible in the hope of a reprieve.
This weekend Morchard are due to entertain Thorverton and both camps have fingers crossed that the elements will ease up.
Two games were played in the Premier Division. St Martins battered Budleigh Salterton 8-0 to and Newtown put paid to Seaton Town 3-0 after switching to their Broadclyst pitch as their Newton St Cyres base remained waterlogged.
Remarkably, Newtown then staged their second-team game against Thorverton on the same surface. In the only Division Three match played, Sean Windows was the Thors scorer as they lost 2-1.
Witheridge are back into the top three of Division One after they won 5-0 at Colyton.
The East Devon side were up against a Withy team on fire and desperate to renew their quest for promotion. Ryan Greenslade (2), Tony Radford and Jason Manley scored to add to an own goal.
East Budleigh beat Wellington Town 3-0 in the other game played, and that was a result they badly needed according to manager Spencer West.
Jack Howarth, Simon Tuley and Phil Page were the Budleigh scorers.
Beacon Knights jumped up to second place in Division Two after an exciting 4-2 victory at Exeter Civil Service. Hat-trick hero Chris Downs was the star for the Knights, with Matt Down also scoring.
Exmouth Town beat Axmouth United 5-1 in their Division Four clash, a result which really dented Axmouth's promotion hopes. It was a much-needed boost for Exmouth, though, with Leigh Clarke (2), James Sharky, Dale Evans and Brandon Hodge scoring for the victors.
Seaton Town came from 2-0 down at half-time to rescue a 2-2 draw with the Lord's XI. Goals from Gaz Wills and man-of-the-match Chris Chamings put Lord's in charge, but Seaton hit back through Jimmy Matthews and Seth Wakley. Veteran Seaton keeper Alex Anning had a great game.
Beer Albion and Topsham Town drew 1-1 in the only Division Five game played, but Division Six was a total washout with all matches postponed.
Division Seven leaders Fluxton felt they were mugged by struggling Tedburn St Mary, who went away with a much-needed 6-4 win under their belts.
Tedburn named two first team players in their side as their home game in Division Three was postponed. They also had 16-year-old Rhys Knight making his debut.
Mark Seward and Simon Durrant both scored twice for Tedburn, with Neil Maddocks and Lee Moore also scoring.
Tom Rapps, Richard Rapps, James Santer and an own goal made up the Fluxton tally.
Mitchell brothers Ryan and Lee helped blast Otterton into the East area final of the Devon Intermediate Cup.
The pair both struck as Otterton came from behind to beat Farway United, of the Perry Street League, 3-1 with Mark Dobrijevic getting their third goal.
Farway striker Andy Diamond shot his team ahead, but the hosts came back to take a 2-1 interval lead and then sealed their place with Dobrijevic's goal.
The other tie between Sampford Peverell and the cup holders Millwey Rise was postponed and will now switch to Millwey's Axminster home this Saturday.
Sampford manager Paul Andrews was hugely disappointed as they had a big following expected to cheer them.
However, under Devon FA rules, they will now have to give up ground advantage, having been unable to play the tie for the past two weeks.