Honiton Town secure top three berth

PUBLISHED: 10:57 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 14:02 09 August 2010

BEER Albion are just one win away from returning to the top flight of local football, writes Stephen Birley

BEER Albion are just one win away from returning to the top flight of local football.

The Fishermen drew 0-0 with promotion rivals Bow AAC on Saturday and that point, coupled with a surprise defeat for another of their rivals, Cullompton Rangers, who were beaten 3-2 by Culm United, leaves Beer just three points shy of a top three finish with three games to play!

The draw with Bow may well have been even better, but James Melville spurned a late chance. However, promotion might even be confirmed as early as this evening (Wednesday) for, a Beer win in the East Devon derby at Colyford Road, against champions Seaton Town, would see the Fishermen return to the Premier Division they dropped out of two seasons ago.

After the derby game Beer then travel to first, Sidbury, and then Culm United.

Feniton look more and more likely to be one of the sides going in the opposite direction.

They are making a brave fight in a bid to retain Premier status and their cause was certainly helped with a Friday night 2-1 win over Hatherleigh.

Carl Wilson and player boss Mark Kingdon scored the Blues' goals. Feniton have three to play and are still six points shy of safety. The Blues simply must win all their last three, starting with a trip to already relegated Otterton this Saturday. They then have to play twice the following midweek, entertaining Exmouth Amateurs before bringing the curtain down on their season next Friday night (May 14) with a trip to a University side who should already be down by then.

Offwell need six points from their final three games to win promotion to the Third Division after a 2-2 draw at Bampton.

Jamie Dodge and Ben Guilbert scored the Rangers' goals. Manager Nick Ogden said: "We deserved that point and probably, on chances created, should have had all three, but not many teams come here and get anything so we have to be pleased with that and the fact it keeps us four points clear of them."

Guilbert was named Man of the Match. Rangers are in action tonight (Wednesday) when a win at Countess Wear would put them second in the table and they would need just three points from their last two at home to Dawlish United and away at Newton St Cyres to gain that coveted promotion berth.

Upottery lost 4-1 at North Tawton and that was sufficient to confirm their relegation to the Third Division.

Honiton Town climbed into a top three position for the first time this season as they won 3-2 at Dawlish Town and Witheridge were held 2-2 by Tipton St John. Sam Farmer scored the late winner from the spot and Town now have their fate in their own hands.

Three wins in their last three and they will line up in Division Two next season.

Town head for Upottery tonight (Wednesday) and then travel to Uplowman on Saturday. If they have won those two then it may well all hinge on a May 11 visit to leaders Barnstaple Town.

AXMOUTH United edged nearer the Division Six drop when beaten 6-1 by University. With three games to go, United are three points from safety and so, realistically, need to win all three, starting with tonight's trip to Exmouth. On Saturday, they go to Awliscombe and next midweek they host AFC Sidford.

Boss Laurie Forino said: "It's hugely disappointing for all the lads, as Saturday's score doesn't give a true reflection and we can be proud of the style of play. We continue to develop, but must learn to be both more clinical in finishing and cut out the errors which have proved so costly this season."

l Fixture secretary Pat Leisk retires at the end of the season after 27 years in the post. Best wishes and many thanks go to Pat from all at the Herald.

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