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PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010

Upottery - promoted again!

Upottery - promoted again!

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Feniton were beaten 1-0 at Hatherleigh in what manager Dave Carnall described as 'typical end of season fare'.

Feniton were beaten 1-0 at Hatherleigh in what manager Dave Carnall described as 'typical end of season fare'. The contest was decided by a second half penalty after Sean Devine was adjudged to have caught the on-running striker seconds before making what appeared to be a fine tackle. Richard 'Oz' Austin was once again between the posts and he couldn't keep the penalty out but, as the Blues went looking for an equaliser, Austin was taken out of goal to add strength to the forward line. Kev Kelly took over with the gloves and he produced a stunning late save. Carnall said: "It was pretty mundane stuff but we have given a run out to a couple of the club's reserve team lads and to be fair both Jamie Doidge and Dave Ebdon grabbed their chances."Feniton's season can still yield some silverware as they are at Washbrook Meadow next Monday (May 12) when they meet Ottery St Mary in the semi final of the Morrison Bell Cup (kick off 7.30pm).Beer Albion went down by the odd goal in five last Friday night at Tiverton Town's Ladysmead ground where they met Bickleigh. The Fishermen were 2-0 down but bounced back to get level through Martin Adcock and Martyn Hancock before Barnstaple Town's left back, Liam Raybauld, who was playing for his local side, crashed home a trademark left foot free kick in the final minute. The result was harsh on Albion who deserved to take something from the game.Seaton Town's hoped for step out of Senior One and into the top flight of local football hinges on the outcome of the game tonight at Otterton where the home side entertain University. A home win and they would nudge Town out of the top three, but a draw and it would be the men from Colyford Road celebrating that much yearned for promotion.Promotion is certainly the 'buzz word' in the village of Upottery after they made sure of yet another step up the Devon & Exeter League ladder. Merv Sawyer's men have enjoyed year on year success and now stand just another campaign off Premier Division football, all this some five years after they were playing in the Intermediate Divisions.Saturday's promotion sealing win over Newtown came after they fell to an early goal from the visitors. Andy Lord netted after the early visiting score and in the 65th minute Dave Clare headed home from a corner, a double from Bruce Leaman sealing the game and allowing the celebrations to begin. Honiton Town's season ended on a disappointing note with a 3-1 defeat at North Tawton, but it doesn't stop Town finishing the Senior Two campaign with a top half finish.A much changed Colyton side played their penultimate Senior Three game of the season against a Heavitree Social Club fielding a number of their Premier Division side and so a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw represents an excellent afternoon's work for Keith Somers' side. James Tucker made, and scored a superb opening goal of the game and when Nick Pritchard 'ghosted in' on the far post to double the lead an away win looked on the cards but twice in the last five minutes the hosts scored to leave Colyton once again wondering 'what might have been'. Somers said: "If I had been offered a point pre-kick off I would have taken it, but 2-0 up with five minutes to play is a little disappointing. The final 5 minutes is typical of our season as we threaten so much but let ourselves down, maybe due to our immaturity, the average age being 21. They will learn from this year and hopefully work out what is needed to close out games." In Intermediate One Axmouth United Boss James Teed is still lamenting his side's 2-2 draw at Newtown a fortnight ago for it looks highly likely that those 'dropped points' are going to be the difference between them making a top three finish or missing out on promotion to Senior football by the smallest of margins. They followed up a magnificent midweek win over table topping Countess Wear Dynamoes, the second time they have beaten the 'champions elect' in just three weeks, with a crushing defeat of Culm United to the tune of a 7-2 win. A Christian Burridge double and one from the player boss made up the midweek victory and on Saturday Burridge bagged a four goal haul, Teed hit two and there was one for Phil Squire. United play their final League game this Saturday against Dawlish Town.The battle at the top of Intermediate Two is hotter than ever. Behind 'Champions elect' Hemyock, just a single point currently separates the sides sitting 2nd to 5th and amongst them are Awliscombe and the Reserves sides of Honiton Town and Beer Albion. The outcome may well not be decided until next Monday night when Awliscombe host Beer Albion Reserves (6.30pm), each of the contesting sides still having two to play, but, with Cheriton Fitzpaine set to claim one of the top three spots by virtue of them having 'games in hand', it looks like a three way battle between the three local sides for the third promotion place.

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