Football

The Devon and Exeter Football League saw a new season of Premier Division football return on the penultimate weekend of August and it produced goals galore with now fewer than 41 scored in the seven matches played.

When you lose your opening game of a new season you can get overcome with different emotions – mainly those of despair that, after an excellent pre-season build-up and quality time spent on the training ground, things went wrong at the first time of asking in the ‘real’ action.

Ottery St Mary suffered back-to-back 4-1 defeats in pre-season games over the past six days, but Otters’ boss Dave Fairweather is not going to lose any sleep over the reversals as he knows exactly what the problem is.

Honiton Town Football Club, who launch a new season of South West Peninsula League football tonight (Wednesday) with a visit to much-fancied Elmore, are looking for companies to advertise in their matchday programme.

Both Millwey teams visited Netherbury from the Perry Street League for pre-season friendlies.

Axminster Town made a winning start to the new South West Peninsula League Eastern Division season with a 1-0 Tiger Way win over Sidmouth Town.

Beer Albion made a disappointing start to their competitive season suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Cronies in the East Devon Senior Cup final, held at Budleigh Salterton, writes Richard Honnor.

Badcott signs for Otters

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ottery St Mary have secured the services – albeit on a temporary basis – of a Western League player.

Ottery St Mary hosts a special match tomorrow (Saturday) when the 2018 Ottery Invitational Cup is played between the Otters and Newton Abbot 66.

Axminster Town launch a new campaign of South West Peninsula League Eastern Division football tonight (Friday).

Millwey Rise were 3-1 winners on their visit to Offwell Rangers for a pre-season fixture, writes Dick Sturch.

Cranbrook suffered a single-goal defeat in their pre-season meeting with Silverton, who will start their Devon and Exeter League season in a couple of weeks playing in Division Six, one division below the one Cranbrook play in.

Exmouth Town play host to some special footballing guests this Saturday (August 4) with a 5pm kick-off for their Southern Road meeting with London-based opposition.

Ottery St Mary were in fine form on Wednesday night when they travelled to Mid Devon to meet Exeter and District League Division Five side Bravehearts, who groundshare with Western League outfit Willand Rovers,

Millwey Rise fielded a mixed team compromising of first team and reserve team players for a pre-season friendly away at Chard United, writes Dick Sturch.

Honiton Town manager Kev Blackwell is delighted with how the Hippos’ pre-season is shaping up.

Axminster Town were beaten 3-1 in their pre-season friendly at home to Bridport, but there was plenty for Tigers’ followers to be impressed with on the night.

Axminster Town welcomed Steve Perryman MBE to Tiger Way last Friday night for Tottenham Hotspur legend, and more recently director of football at Exeter City, to conduct the draw to discover which company would be on the front, the back and also the short of the Tigers’ first team kit this season, writes Alan West.

Ottery St Mary manager Dave Fairweather has moved swiftly to replace the now retired goalkeeper Hugh Court.

Ottery St Mary are now the proud owners of an updated floodlight system that will mean the Otters can stage midweek floodlit matches this coming season.

Axminster Town are all set for a big night on and off the Tiger Way turf on Friday evening (July 27).

Feniton ladies are looking for new players to join them for the forthcoming campaign.

The pre-season is in full swing at Cranbrook with manager Jon Martin having had his players back together for two full sessions.

Honiton Town have been dealt a blow after the withdrawal of Galmpton and Roselands from the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division.

Axe Cliff Golf Club hosted a Seniors Mixed Invitational Open competition on the same day of the England against Sweden quarter-final, writes Dave Bruce.

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