Snow play in Devon and Exeter League

PUBLISHED: 09:30 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:00 15 June 2010

P1750-07-09AW Honiton FC. Snow covered pitch prevents play, Sat 7th Feb. pic by Alex Walton

P1750-07-09AW Honiton FC. Snow covered pitch prevents play, Sat 7th Feb. pic by Alex Walton

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NEVER mind the credit crunch, local football clubs are now staring down the barrel of a fixture crunch after last Saturday' s near total white out.

NEVER mind the credit crunch, local football clubs are now staring down the barrel of a fixture crunch after last Saturday's near total white out of the Devon and Exeter League fixture programme.Across the county the only venues able to stage a match were Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Lympstone and Dawlish as the winter weather bit harder than ever into the schedule.After six weeks of 2009 not one of the League's top four divisions has been able to play a complete programme on a single Saturday and, out of a total of 168 games that should have been played, just 69 were completed, leaving a major problem for the fixture secretary, and the clubs themselves.Top flight Beer Albion are ahead of the game in terms of their matches and, with 11 Saturdays remaining until the advent of another cricket season on May 2, the Fishermen have 11 games to play.Feniton are also better off than most as they contemplate fitting their remaining 13 Premier Division games into the time remaining.In Senior One the situation at Colyford Road, Seaton, is another that is better than many as Mark Watkins} promotion hopefuls are looking at a run in of 11 games but Merv Sawyer's Upottery have a huge problem for they have played just nine games so far.In Senior Two Honiton Town are sitting pretty with just nine to play and it's a similar tale for Seaton Town Reserves in Senior Three. In Intermediate Two Rockbeare Rangers have 18 games still to play and that means that, unless the weather breaks soon, they are certain to face a run in of at least three games a week!l This coming Saturday, if the weather relents, the match of the day involving local clubs is at Acland Park where Feniton face a Bickleigh side who will be desperate to get any sort of action. The Mid Devon side still have an amazing 20 matches to play. When the two sides met at Bickleigh on October 4, it was the Mid Devon side that claimed a narrow 3-2 win but since then the Blues, under the management of Sean Devine, have climbed the table at a rapid rate but their hopes of a top three finish will be put to the test on Saturday afternoon.Beer Albion's battle to avoid the drop from the top flight takes them to a Clyst Valley outfit who were one of the few sides to get a game in last Saturday when they secured a second successive victory.Upottery will be hoping the weather relents to allow them to play what will be only their 10th of the league season with the visit of Bow AAC.In Senior Two Honiton Town are at University and in Senior Three Colyton will be looking to cement their place amongst the promotion hopefuls with the points at home to Uplowman. When the two sides met in Mid Devon on December 27 they shared six goals. Axminster Town Reserves, who have more games to play in Senior Three than any other side in the section, travel to Bampton and Seaton Town's second team entertain Clyst Valley Reserves. Dunkeswell Rovers host Newton St Cyres in Senior Four and in Senior Five Axmouth United face a vital game as they look to move away from the cluster of clubs battling to avoid the drop back to Intermediate football.United have slipped to just two points off the drop zone and they really need to be taking something from the game this weekend against a Sampford Peverell side who will start the day two places, and one point, above them in the table having played two games more.In Intermediate football the Reserve teams of Premier sides Feniton and Beer Albion sit in the top four. The Fishermen play host to a Hemyock side who are the only unbeaten team in the section, although the way this season has been weather hit Saturday sees the Mid Devon side play only their 9th game of the campaign. Feniton have, on paper at least, the more comfortable task of taking on a Dawlish Town Reserve side who sit 4th from bottom.In Intermediate Two Rockbeare have been harder hit than most and if they can get a game this weekend it will be number nine of a 26 match schedule!


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