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East Budleigh at home to Beer Albion. Ref exsp 51 19TI 6321. Picture: Terry Ife

East Budleigh at home to Beer Albion. Ref exsp 51 19TI 6321. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Devon and Exeter Football League schedule took a soggy hammering from the weather on the final weekend of a turbulent 2020. 
Just three matches managed to survive across the range of divisions, with Thorverton winning 5-1 at Chagford in Premier West. 
Feniton beat Pinhoe 6-2 in Division 2 East and St Martins won 4-3 at Okehampton Argyle in Division 2 West. Bampton v South Zeal was abandoned at half-time. 
The new year will begin with the opening round of Devon County Cup games and Budleigh Salterton have been handed a home tie against Topsham Town in the Devon Premier Cup, while Seaton Town host Kentisbeare. 
In the Devon Senior Cup, Axminster Town will travel to Broadclyst, Millwey Rise will welcome Culm United, Otterton host East Budleigh and Dunkeswell Rovers visit Ottery St Mary. 
The Devon Intermediate Cup will see Lympstone at home to Morchard Bishop in the opening round. 
When league football resumes on January 2, the Premier East Division currently has four games scheduled; Chard Town v Whipton & Pinhoe, Colyton v Beer Albion, Feniton v Lyme Regis and Upottery v Sidmouth Town. 
Feniton have been the stand-out performers over the opening months of the campaign, winning all nine of their games to create an incredible 11-point lead over second-placed Kentisbeare. 
It already looks like being a race for second in this division, with Colyton just one point behind Kentisbeare.  
Upottery and Sidmouth Town 2nds are down the bottom with just a point each, while the University of Exeter have not been able to play any games. 
In Division 1 East, the new year begins with Clyst Valley v Exmouth Spartans, Honiton Town v Exmouth Rovers, Lyme Regis v Teignmouth and Tipton St John v Lympstone. 
This league is looking a lot tighter at the end of 2020, with Exmouth Rovers top on 20 points and Beer Albion four points behind in second.  
East Budleigh are just above Tipton St John on goal difference in third, while Lympstone are propping up the table, as they still await their first points of the campaign. 
The one hope for 2021 across all clubs is to just have some consistent, regular football. 

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