Peninsula league to get bigger

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:32 15 June 2010

There will be two extra games for the East Devon sides playing in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division next season.

There will be two extra games for the East Devon sides playing in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division next season with the news that the management committee had increased the number of clubs playing from 17 to 18. Despite winning the division, Exeter based Civil Service could not be promoted as they are currently unable to get planning permission for floodlights and so runners-up Bovey Tracey will take their place in the Premier Division next season. Newton Abbot Spurs have been relegated from the top flight and Ottery St Mary, now managed by former Seaton Town boss Mark Watkins, were given a reprieve whilst the new team on the block next season will be Mid Devon outfit Bickleigh who were promoted as runners-up in the Devon and Exeter Football League Premier Division.l Joel Gosling netted the final Axminster Town Reserves' goal of the Devon & Exeter League Senior Three season and the Tigers, who finished the campaign third, will now play next season in Senior Two.It was a season-long target for the Sector Lane side to continue their recent season on season rise through the divisions as first team boss Ray Self is very keen for the Tigers' 2nd team to get to as high a level as possible so as to support the 1st team and Reserves' boss Kevin Turner has once again delivered.Upottery's season ended with a 3-0 defeat against a Bow AAC side who, although they have finished in a top three berth, have been denied a place in the Premier Division.Upottery have done very well to finish off the foot of the table, that fate has befallen Westexe Rovers but, unless there are changes to divisional structures, the villagers will find themselves back in Senior Two next season.Awliscombe completed their Intermediate season with a 1-1 draw against Dawlish, that result relegates the South Devon side and it means that the Awls finish the season in a creditable sixth place.Offwell Rangers brought the curtain down on another season of Devon and Exeter League football with a 6-1 mauling at the hands of champions Phoenix.In a one-sided affair, the Exeter side scored almost at will but Offwell, in patches, played their part in a decent contest.Ranger's joint manager Nick Ogden said: "We were well beaten but the lads did not let their heads drop and battled well throughout. Both Pat and I would like to commend each and everyone of the players for a good season's work. "Yes we could, and should, have done better over the campaign but, after last year, we have managed to complete a season of consolidation and, if we can add to this squad then we can target glory next term. We are also very grateful to everybody who has put forward generous, and much appreciated, sponsorship this season."The final game of the season was sponsored by Power Shoes of Honiton and they chose Mick Nield as their Man of the Match.

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