Buoyant Seaton open six point gap at the top

PUBLISHED: 09:06 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:58 16 June 2010

THE weather returned to bite into the Devon and Exeter League programme with already hard pressed secretaries once again looking to their diaries to try and find new dates for cancelled games.

THE weather returned to bite into the Devon and Exeter League programme with already hard pressed secretaries once again looking to their diaries to try and find new dates for cancelled games.

Feniton's visit to Sidmouth was called off but their bid to avoid the drop out of the Premier Division got a timely boost with all four sides immediately above them in the table losing. This weekend Acland Park stages a meeting with Exmouth Amateurs who will be looking to improve an away record that has seen them win just once away since early November, that a 4-0 success at bottom of the table Otterton.

Division One promotion hopefuls Seaton Town went nap at Broadclyst and opened a six point gap at the top of the table. One of many positives to come out of the game for Town was the fact that five different players scored goals. Charlie Cross, Bradley Groves, Josh French, Ben Ede and Sam Dibling all netted.

Dibling, the former Axminster Town striker is, of course, a regular in the Peninsula League, Eastern Division title chasing Royal Marines AFC side but, with the Military men having their weekend game washed out, Dibling came in for the unavailable Marcus Wyatt.

Town boss Josh Stunell said: "It was a very competent display at Broadclyst where we got, from the hosts, just what we expected. The lads took their goals very well and are playing with real confidence."

Next up for Town is Saturday's top of the table meeting with Cullompton Rangers, an encounter that offers Town the chance to open a nine point gap on their nearest challengers. However, whilst accepting it's undoubtedly a big game, Stunell refutes the suggestion that the Division One title race is a two horse race. The Town boss says: "There's a lot of football to be played yet and I think the likes of Halwill, Heavitree and Beer, to name but three, are still very much in the mix."

Meanwhile Town have given their options added weight with the recruitment of Dan Norman from Sidmouth Town. Stunell says: "Norman has got twenty or so goals for Sidmouth this term and he'll be a great signing for us. He's just the sort of player we like at Colyford Road. Any new player coming in has to complement what we already have, and he fits that particular bill."

Beer Albion had their game at Cullompton postponed this weekend they try again to face a Mid Devon side with their visit to Culm United. The Fishermen go into the Magelake game sitting just a single place, and two points, off a promotion place.

Upottery's bid to chalk up a third successive Division Two game without defeat was put on ice owing to a rain-hit pitch that knocked out their meeting with Exmouth Amateurs. It's home comforts, weather permitting, this weekend too, with the visit of Newtown who are three places, and six points, better off than the villagers, having played a game more.

No action either for Honiton Town who were due to travel to Westexe Rovers. This Saturday Richard Ayres' upwardly mobile outfit are at home to Axminster Town Reserves.

Colyton travelled to Winkleigh without leading scorer Rich Tratt and found themselves one down just before the half hour.

Ten minutes before the break they levelled, courtesy of an own goal and then took a 2-1 lead into the break when Mike Cullum tucked away a penalty.

It was a stormy dressing room at half time as boss Keith Somers read the riot act - the only player to escape the boss's fury being Erich Busby!

The talking to had the desired effect as Colyton were much brighter after the break and, despite the hosts finding a second equaliser, went on to seal a 5-2 win thanks to a Callum Somers' brace and one from Gary Sims.

On Saturday Colyton have the chance to take over at the top of the table, but they have a mighty tough task to do that as they must beat visiting Phoenix Club who have won all 10 of their outings to date to top the table, heading third placed Colyton by two points having played a game fewer.

A day of Division Four inactivity for Offwell Rangers, an unfit pitch putting off their game with Sandford. Rangers travel this weekend heading for Newton St Cyres. In the same section Seaton Town Reserves were without a game at the weekend and this Saturday they travel to high flying Countess Wear.

Feniton Reserves were denied Division Five action at the weekend owing to a waterlogged Thorverton pitch and return to Mid Devon this weekend with a visit to promotion seeking Cullompton Rangers.

In Division Six Axmouth United were beaten 5-3 at home by Alphington. With Exmouth Town Reserves getting a surprise point, United slip to the bottom of the table.?On Saturday they play a swift return with the Alphas - this time the game being played in Exeter.

Rockbeare's Division Seven game met a watery grave. This weekend they entertain Okehampton Argyle and, in the basement Division, Feniton Thirds, who shared six goals with Offwell Rangers on Saturday, entertain free scoring Topsham Town.

Offwell Rangers also have home advantage this weekend for a meeting with Morchard Bishop, Seaton Thirds entertain Countess Wear Reserves and Colyton Reserves, who lost 4-2 at Morchard Bishop on Saturday, travel again this weekend, visiting Winkleigh.

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