Axminster Res edge closer to promotion

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:28 15 June 2010

Feniton won their East Devon derby at Otterton thanks to an Andy Jones strike in the second half of a close encounter.

Feniton won their East Devon derby at Otterton thanks to an Andy Jones strike in the second half of a close encounter. The points mean the Blues have finished their campaign with 39 points from their 30 outings and that should be enough to guarantee a top half finish when all the other sides have completed their respective programmes.Upottery's brave bid to stay in Senior One for a second season looks set to fail. A 2-1 home defeat to high flying Willand Rovers merely serves to underline just how close the villagers have been to holding their own at this level. Andy Isaac netted the Upottery goal but, with three games to play the villagers simply have to bank a maximum nine points and then hope for favourable results elsewhere.Seaton Town continue to finish the season well and they were very good value for a 2-1 win at Elmore thanks to goals from Cameron Vere and Asa Sandman. If Town can better the final result of Halwill's when they complete their programme at Bow AAC on Saturday, they they will finish the season in the top half of the table.Colyton saw their Senior Three promotion challenge sunk with a midweek defeat at the hands of a useful looking Clyst Valley Reserves side who beat them 5-2. Mike Gould and Callum Somers had scored the Colyton goals to make it 2-2 but three late goals from the Exeter side condemned them to defeat and, following Saturday's single goal defeat at Bampton, it now seems as if a fifth place finish is the best the villagers can hope for.Offwell Rangers were without a game on Saturday but did claim maximum points from a midweek meeting with Westexe. Some less than impressive finishing, coupled with some outstanding goalkeeping kept the game level until just before the break when Paul Sellick netted following a well-worked corner routine. Rich Newby scored to double the advantage in the second half. Joint boss Nick Ogden was pleased with the performance saying: "Once again we were struggling to put a side out and, as injuries took their toll, we were forced to play out the final 10 minutes a man down but, in parts, I felt we played some good, controlled football."Bret Sellick was named Man of the Match. Rangers complete their league season with a May 16 home game against Senior Three champions Phoenix.Axminster Town Reserves are edging ever-closer to a coveted place in Senior Two and, depending on the outcome of their midweek visit to one of the two sides to sit above them in the table, Uplowman Athletic, they have should have their own destiny in their hands going into their final two games at Kentisbeare on Saturday and finally at Sector Lane against Lapford on May 9. A win at Uplowman, coupled with victories in those last two, will guarantee the Tigers a top three finish and with it a place in the third tier of Devon and Exeter League football next season.Dunkeswell Rovers 4-1 win at fellow strugglers Woodbury may yet prove to be too little too late for, although they sit just outside the three Senior Four relegation berths, Newtown, who are immediately below them, have two still to play plus a healthier goal difference. For the Dunks to avoid the drop they have to hope the Exeter side get less than three points from trips to Topsham Town tonight (Wednesday) and St Martin's on Saturday.Feniton Reserves look set for promotion heartache. The Blues have finished their programme and can now only hope that Hemyock fail to take the seven points they need from four remaining games to overhaul the Acland Park outfit in the top three of Intermediate Division One.Colyton Reserves shared four goals with hosts Met Office thanks to goals from Callum Somers and Seb Harrison, the latter yet another who played last year in the Colyton under-16 side.l Mark Watkins, who was dismissed as Seaton Town manager just six weeks ago, did not take long to be appointed elsewhere as he has been charged with resurrecting the fortunes of ne time Western League outfit Ottery St Mary.Watkins took over at Colyford Road during the close season after spending a great deal of time boosting the commercial fortunes of Axminster Town.Otter's chairman Greg Layzell said: "Mark has a lot of knowledge of players in Devon and I believe he will be able to bring in the type of younger players who will strengthen what we have at Washbrook Meadow and, once he has settled in, I can see us moving forward under his management."The Otters are set to finish the season as the bottom side in the Peninsula League Eastern Division with just nine points from 30 games to date.

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