Football

When you have been part of a Football Club for over 60 years it really is good to watch a game and think, ‘This is what football’s all about’, writes Dick Sturch.

Dunkeswell fly the flag on what was – overall – a disappointing day for local football and rugby teams with defeats suffered by Honiton RFC and Honiton Town FC.

Ottery St Mary hope to end a two-week weather-enforced ‘lay-off’ when they make the short trip to Beer tomorrow (Saturday) to play Beer Albion Reserves in a Macron League Division Three game.

Exeter City Football Club’s (ECFC) first team physio, Adey Saunderson, has praised the East Devon Grecians for raising £10,000 over a two-year period to go towards a host of medical equipment at the Cliff Hill training ground.

Millwey Rise Reserves managed to beat the weather to host their latest Macron League Division Eight fixture, one they ultimately lost 6-1, to a strong visiting Dawlish Reserves outfit, writes Dick Sturch.

Dunkeswell Rovers will try again to play their Devon Intermediate Cup quarter-final tie against Appledore Lions this coming Saturday (February 16) with the match set for a 2pm kick-off at Hemyock.

Honiton Town Reserves were entitled to feel a tad ‘hard done by’ as they lost 4-1 at home to Bow AAC as Mountbatten Park staged one of less than 20 games that beat the weather across the nine divisions of the Macron Devon and Exeter League.

Seaton Under-15s were 2-1 winners when they made the long trip across to Dawlish to contest an Exeter and District Youth League fixture.

Honiton Under-9s enjoyed a win double in their latest Exeter and District Youth League matches.

Beer Albion missed an opportunity to climb into the top half of the Devon and Exeter Premier Division when they went down 4-2 at home to fellow mid-table side Witheridge 2nds on Saturday, writes Richard Honnor.

Millwey Rise Reserves managed to beat the weather to host their latest Macron League Division Eight fixture, one they ultimately lost 6-1, to a strong visiting Dawlish Reserves outfit, writes Dick Sturch.

Honiton won a close encounter at Liskeard-Looe, claiming a 12-10 victory, but they have slipped off top spot of the Tribute Cornwall and Devon League by a Penryn side that thrashed Hayle 74-3.

Ottery St Mary head into Exeter tomorrow to meet Winchester seeking to chalk up a 13th successive victory.

Honiton Town and Axminster Town are both without South West Peninsula League Eastern Division matches on the second Saturday of February, writes Steve Birley.

Tipton St John will try again to complete the first half of their Macron Devon and Exeter League Division Two campaign when they entertain Halwill tomorrow (Saturday).

A number of East Devon football clubs have put themselves ‘in the frame’ with regard to the Football Association’s restructuring that will see the South West Peninsula League run two divisions at step six of the game next season.

Honiton Town were left without a game on the first Saturday of February as snow took its toll on the Teignmouth Town playing surface.

Axminster Town are going to be without a game for the third Saturday running this coming South West Peninsula League Eastern Division matchday (February 9).

The wintry weather put paid to Beer Albion’s planned Macron Premier Division match at Exmouth Town Reserves on Saturday, writes Mike Adkin.

In a quite extraordinary game, potential Devon League winners Newton Abbot Spurs were blown apart by their Feniton visitors, who themselves ended the day on top of the table after a clinical 6-1 success.

A round-up of the local sport on the first Saturday of February, a day that saw Honiton RFC book a cup semi-final berth, but local football took a battering from the weather.

Ottery St Mary duly chalked up a 12th straight Macron league Division Three success as they won 2-1 at Clyst Valley.

Seaton Town powered to an emphatic 5-2 win in their Macron League Premier Division ‘six-pointer’ at Colyford Road.

Axmouth United bounced back from their previous outing defeat – a 3-1 loss to Macron League Division Three leaders Ottery St Mary – by banking three points from a 3-1 home win over Newton St Cyres, writes Chris Salter.

Cranbrook had an afternoon to forget when they visited an Upottery side they had failed to score against in three previous meetings.

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