Local teams miss out on a soggy December Saturday

PUBLISHED: 11:20 16 December 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

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The third Saturday of December was certainly a 'Soggy Saturday' as far as local sport is concerned.

In local football, Honiton Town were without a South West Peninsula League fixture, but Axminster Town had their game – like the entire seven matches scheduled for the Eastern Division – washed out. The Tigers had been due to visit Sidmouth Town for a much-anticipated East Devon derby – but a new date will have to be found for the game.

Axminster do have a match this Saturday (December 22) when they visit Ilfracombe Town and the Tigers host the big Boxing Day morning local derby when Honiton Town are the visitors to Tiger Way (11am).

In the remainder of the South West Peninsula League, just one of the seven Premier Division and two of the six Western Division matches, beat the weather.

The Macron Devon and Exeter League fixture list was all but wiped out by the rain. There had been 55 league and county cup matches set to be played and just two survived – matches at Ottery St Mary – who claimed an eighth straight Division Three win with a 6-1 Washbrook Meadow win over Newton St Cyres while the other match played was at Kenn Valley United where the Division Seven basement side lost a 12th straight game – this time going down 4-2 to visiting Culm United Reserves.

Spare a thought for Dunkeswell players – they saw their Devon Intermediate Cup match against Elmore postponed for the third successive Saturday owing to the weather and they will now try again next Saturday to see who make progress in this prestigious competition.

In rugby, Honiton’s Tribute Cornwall and Devon game at Torquay Athletic along with the other game not played – Topsham versus Bude – will now be played next Saturday (December 22).

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