The third Saturday of October saw two of the East Devon-based teams playing in the South West Peninsula League make Walter C Parson Funeral Directors League Cup progress with wins for Axminster Town and Honiton, but Sidmouth Town are out, beaten by high-flying Premier West leaders Falmouth Town.
In the Toolstation Western League, Exmouth Town had their home meeting with Brislington abandoned early in the afternoon’s proceedings when a visiting player suffered a nasty ankle injury that required an ambulance attending the stricken player on the Southern Road playing surface. After a lengthy delay the match official had no option but to abandon the game with Town, who had beaten Brislington at their place 11-0 just seven days before, already a goal to the good thanks to Ace High’s seventh minute goal. The abandonment will have come as a huge disappointment to the majority of what was a superb 301 Southern Road attendance!
Indeed, the Town commercial team were at their best ahead of kick-off, selling sufficient 50/50 tickets to warrant a top prize of £100 and other prizes of £30 and £20.
Now to those Walter C Parson Funeral Directors League Cup results with Axminster Town making safe progress to the last 16 of the competition after a 4-1 Tiger Way win over Premier West basement side St Dennis. Jamie Price (2), Jamie Girton, from the penalty spot and Sam Winslade, scored the goals that sent to Tigers through.
Up at Mountbatten Park, Honiton Town went one better than the Tigers with the Hippos netting five to see off Plymouth Marjon 5-2 with Andy Isaac, Lewis Couch, Danny Bailey and skipper Elliot Dyer amongst the goal scorers.
Sidmouth Town, who bagged their first point after 11 straight league defeats with their midweek 0-0 draw at Tiger Way were not able to enjoy cup glory against mighty Falmouth Town, but they did put up a good fight before going down 5-2 to the visiting Cornishmen.
In the Joma Devon & Exeter League, Beer Albion remain top of the Premier Division after a 2-1 win at Colyton and that means the Fishermen have now won seven and lost two of their opening nine games in the league. Sidmouth Town Reserves went down 5-0 at Dawlish United and Ottery St Mary remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 1-0 defeat at Elmore Reserves, a result that means it’s now played seven and lost seven for the Ottery second string. Axminster Town Reserves also went down, they were beatebn 2-0 at Thorverton and that means the Tigers second team are seventh in the Premier Division table.
In Division One, Chard Town Reserves drew 1-1 with Alphington Reserves, but there was a sixth straight defeat for Lympstone who were beaten 5-0 at home by Wellington Reserves. That means the Lympets remain bottom of the table with those six defeats that have seen them ship 31 goals while they have scored just the two. In the same division. East Budleigh claimed a fifth win in six outings with a 3-0 success at Newtown Reserves and that means that East Budleigh are up to third in the table.
In Division Two, Beer Reserves are still top after they were 4-1 home winners over Clyst Valley Reserves. Otterton sit fifth after a first away win of the season, an emphatic one too, as they won 8-0 at Chagford. Dunkeswell Rovers remain rock bottom of the table after they lost a sixth game in seven, beaten 3-1 at home by Alphington Thirds and Exmouth Spartans are ninth in the after a 5-3 home loss to University Fourths.
In Division Three Feniton Reserves are in eighth spot after a 2-1 home win over Honiton Town Reserves who now sit fourth bottom (11th). Lyme Regis Reserves were too string for visiting Pinhoe who they beat 7-0 and Seaton Town went one better, beating visiting Axmouth United 8-0 at Colyford Road. That defeat, a fifth loss in as many outings, means Axmouth are yet to get a point on the board this league season.
In Division Four, Cranbrook are up to third in the table after a 3-1 win at Millwey Rise but Sidmouth Town Thirds were beaten, the Vikings went down 4-0 at home to Culm United. Farway United are top after a 2-0 win at Witheridge and there was a 2-1 defeat for Colyton Reserves on their trip to Mid Devon to meet Bampton. In the same division, East Budleigh Reserves went down 3-1 at home to Cullompton Rangers Reserves.
In Division Five, Awliscombe sit eighth in the 10-team table after a 3-1 home loss to Dawlish United Reserves.
In Division Six, Seaton Town Reserves were beaten 5-0 at Bickleigh and that means its eight defeats in as many games for the Seaton Town second string who occupy bottom spot in the table.
In Division Eight, Cranbrook United bagged a second successive clean sheet win, beating City Reds 7-0 to move up to second in the table.
In Division Nine, Feniton Development XI crushed hosts Amory Green Rovers Reserves beating the Tiverton-based side 12-0 on their own pitch whole Exmouth Rovers suffered a third defeat in four away games when beaten 3-2 at City Raiders.