Seaton promoted to Premier as champs

SEATON Town are champions of the Devon and Exeter League Division One!

SEATON Town are champions of the Devon and Exeter League Division One! After a number of recent seasons where the Colyford Road men have started so well, promised so much, and yet slipped off the pace, this term they have led from the first whistle.

They were crowned undisputed champions on Saturday with a 2-0 win at the only side who could, mathematically, have taken the crown from them, Bow AAC.

Marcus Wyatt struck in the first half and, ten minutes fro time, Dan Norman popped in the second to start the celebrations. Bubbly was liberally sprayed around after the game. Stunell said: "I am so proud of this set of lads. What a job they have done. It's not been without lots of hard work and plenty of dedication coupled with plenty of sacrifices made. There's been lots of work put in on the training ground and this title win is no more than the team deserve."

Stunell said that the evening rolled into a real celebration: "We stayed at Bow for the first drink then got back to Colyford Road and I think you can safely assume that most of Seaton would have been aware we'd won the league come the end of the night."

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As for next season, the boss says: "We'll need a couple of additional players but there's no doubt in my mind that this squad can make the step up. They have proved in cup games against Premier sides that they can cut it and I am looking forward to seeing them in the top flight."

Feniton may well be heading in the opposite direction to high flying Seaton Town for they are now entering a stage of must win matches to stay in the top flight. This coming Friday Mark Kingdon's men make the long trek up to Hatherleigh for a game that, if they lose, may even seal their fate.

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Beer Albion are on the brink of being able to return to the top flight after just a single campaign out of it.

The Fishermen struggled in the Premier last season but have regrouped splendidly this year. Saturday's 1-0 win at Beacon Knights sees them sit in a top three berth with five games left. On Saturday Bow AAC visit.

Honiton moved within a brace of points of a Division two promotion berth with a 3-1 home win over Uplowman, in which Tim Genders struck twice.

Town sit one point behind Witheridge, who have played a game more but hold a two goal better goal difference. Town are back in action tonight with a trip to a rejuvenated Westexe Rovers and then, on Saturday, they are back on the road with a trip to Dawlish.

Upottery picked up a point with a 1-1 draw at Civil Service that, in a normal campaign, would be a decent result.

However, the villagers are embroiled in a desperate bid to avoid slipping into the Third Division. Their fate is all but sealed, unless they can record an unlikely win in every one of their remaining games.

Axminster Town Reserves have been preparing for a mid-table Division Two finish for some time. They are at Uplowman tonight and then, on Saturday, they travel to Westexe Rovers in Tiverton.

Division Three promotion seeking Colyton won 2-0 at home to Clyst Valley to keep their dreams alive. The village side are involved in a six-games-in-15-days schedule. Another busy week began with a Richard Tratt double that enabled them to beat Kentisbeare 2-0. Tratt's brace was all the more impressive as he played the whole game as a make-shift centre back!

Then, on Thursday, against champions elect Sidmouth Town a sluggish start from Colyton saw the Vikings race into a three goal lead. Wayne Waddon gave his side hope with an early second half header, but a fourth for the Vikings within two minutes, and three further goals in the last ten minutes, saw Colyton well beaten!

Saturday's game saw boss Keith Somers make phone calls to Portsmouth and Chichester to ask Nick Pritchard and Ian Gooding to travel down to help out. Both did and played key roles in the 2-0 win. After a blank first half Pritchard headed off his own goal line and, in a sweeping move, Gooding passed it on to Cal Somers who raced clear from the half-way line before slotting home. Mike Gould struck a second to seal the points fifteen minutes from time. The Man of the Match award, sponsored by the Colyton Social Club, was won by Gary Sims who put in a great shift at right back.

For Somers the way ahead is clear as he explained saying: Three wins from five will suffice for a top three but I have not given up on finishing second.

"A win over Phoenix tonight will boost that cause."

After that meeting with Phoenix Club tonight Colyton entertain South Zeal United on Saturday.

Offwell Rangers maintained their challenge for promotion out of Division Four with a 2-0 victory at one of the sections form teams, St Martin's.

Rangers dominated and only a superb show from the Saints' glovesman kept the score to the two goal margin.

The points were sealed thanks to a Chris Webb header and an absolute peach of a volley from Jack Knight from some 25 yards. A delighted manager, Nick Ogden said: "In the first half we played some breathtaking football and gave them a right run-a-round. We are at that stage of the season were points matter more than performance."

Chris Webb was deservedly named the Rangers Man of the Match.

It was a week of mixed fortunes for Axmouth in their bid to beat the Division Six drop. They produced a stunning 3-2 Monday night win over UAU Exeter, but then fell to a 7-0 hiding at the hands of top of the table Beer Albion before travelling up to Mid Devon to face Uplowman Athletic.

Asa Sandman applied a neat finish to a sweeping move to put United one up, but poor finishing saw a number of chances elude them and they were hit twice late in the half to go in 2-1 down. United dominated the second half as they scored four times through Rod Widger (2) and Sandman (2) to seal a hat-trick. Jamie Hughes was the Man of the Match, but he was run mighty close by a number of players, including Stuart Akroyd, James Sweeney, Reece Hales and Christian Burridge.

United are back in action tonight (Wednesday) when they travel to Silverton for a game which may decide their ultimate destiny this term. The Silvers are the side immediately above United in the thick of the relegation battle and it may prove to be that who wins this game stays up! On Saturday Axmouth entertain University.

Beer Albion Reserves remain very much in charge of their own destiny which looks increasingly like seeing them gain promotion out of Division Six. They were forced to share the spoils with hosts AFC Sidford in a 2-2 draw on Saturday. Tonight, the Fishermen entertain their closest rivals for the title, Heavitree Social.

Awliscombe have probably left it too late to gate crash the Division Six promotion race, but they are ending the season as they started it.

Saturday's 5-0 win at bottom of the table Ottery St Mary sets them up nicely for a run of home games which, if they win, might yet see them into a top five finish.

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