WEDNESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
SWP East: Only the one match in the East Division this evening and that saw Budleigh Salterton record a 3-1 victory at home to Crediton United. This was the Robins third win so far this season and lifts them two places in the table to 9th.
TUESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER
SWP East: Although there were just three East games tonight, both of the remaining unbeaten records fell on the same evening. Leaders Newton Abbot Spurs who had won all 6 league contests so far were beaten 2-1 at home by the very much in-form St Martins who made it 5 straight league wins and climb themselves to 2nd in the table. Brixham had won 3 and drawn 3 of their opening 6 matches but saw that record end as they went down 5-2 away at a Bovey Tracey side who are up three places to 3rd in the table. Axminster Town hosted local neighbours Honiton Town for the first time in the SWP and claimed the local bragging rights with a 2-1 win over the Hippos, which pushes the Tigers up 5 places to 9th in the table.
SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER
Walter C Parson Cup: All 17 East Division sides were in League Cup action today with nine going through to the 2nd round and 8 exiting the cup. Five ties saw East sides pitted against West opposition with the East sides coming out on top in four of them. Teignmouth led the way with a 5-0 win at Bude Town, closely followed by Newton Abbot Spurs won won 5-1 away at Dobwalls. Galmpton & Roselands also scored five goals as they beat Liskeard Athletic 5-3 at home and completing the quartet were Liverton United who beat Elburton Villa 3-2 at home. The one East side to fall to a West club were St Martins who lost 2-3 away at Holsworthy. Two East sides fell to Premier Division clubs with Brixham going close to an upset as they forced extra time away at Launceston before losing 2-1 after 120 minutes. Bovey Tracey fell 0-3 away at Erme Valley against top flight side Ivybridge Town. Five all East Division affairs saw wins for Axminster Town, 1-0 away at Alphington, the University of Exeter got back to winning ways with a 6-1 victory away at Appledore, Sidmouth Town picked up a first win of the season as they beat Crediton United 3-2 at home, Torridgeside knocked out Honiton Town 3-0 with the Hippos playing their first ever league cup tie whilst another cup debutant, Ilfracombe Town, had the narrowest of passages through as they beat Budleigh Salterton on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Marlborough Park.
TUESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
SWP East: Just one East Division league game this week and that saw hosts Crediton United climb three places and up into 2nd spot in the table after a 2-1 Lords Meadow win over visiting University of Exeter. The Students remain in 9th but Kyrton closed the gap on the leaders Newton Abbot Spurs to just three points.
SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER
FA Vase: A fine day in the national competition as two of the three entrants from East progressed to the next stage. Step 7 floodlit clubs are the lowest ranked sides allowed to enter but that did not stop Bovey Tracey from registering a cup shock with a 3-1 win over Keynsham Town who are in the Top 6 of the Western League Division One, a step higher than the Moorlanders. The Easts other two entrants were drawn against each other with Crediton United going through to the next round after a 4-2 win away at Axminster Town.
SWP East: With 2nd & 3rd placed clubs on Vase duty, leaders Newton Abbot Spurs took full advantage and opened up a 5 point lead at the top of the table as they beat Sidmouth Town 5-1 to make it 6 straight wins for the Recreation Ground club. Teignmouth climbed three places to 2nd as they won 3-0 away at previously unbeaten Torridgeside. St Martins are in a rich vein of form and made it 4 wins on the trot as they climbed to 3rd in the table with a 2-0 win away at Liverton United. Brixham also climbed three places and remain unbeaten this season after a 3-1 victory away at Alphington. Elsewhere the two new clubs in the division both recorded wins as they both look to have established themselves. Ilfracombe Town were 4-1 winners away at Galmpton & Roselands whilst Honiton Town were 2-0 victors at home to Appledore in the first Saturday game at Mountbatten Park now that the cricket season has ended. Budleigh Salterton recorded the highest away win of the season so far as they had a remarkable 7-2 win away at the University of Exeter.
WEDNESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
SWP East: In tonight’s only East fixture St Martins climbed three places and into the Top 6 of the table after a slender 1-o win away at Budleigh Salterton. The all important goal coming in the second half at Greenway Lane.
TUESDAY 5th SEPTEMBER
SWP East: Newton Abbot Spurs opened up a 3 point lead at the top of the East table after a slender 1-0 win over fellow high flyers Crediton United at the Recreation Ground. The University of Exeter picked up a win to end a run of 4 straight defeats but had to come from 0-2 down to triumph 3-2 away at Axminster Town to earn the first points in a month.
SATURDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER
SWP East: September started with a full programme of league games in the East division with Torridgeside the odd team out but all the other 16 in action. Leaders Crediton United were beaten for the first time this season as Bovey Tracey joined them on 12 points after a 1-0 win at Lords Meadow. Newton Abbot Spurs are also on 12 points after they had a 3-2 success away at the University of Exeter. Teignmouth stay in 5th place after they recovered from a midweek defeat to get back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at home to Appledore. No fewer than 4 sides enjoyed a second win of the new season with Brixhgam making it 2 wins inside a week as they beat Axminster Town 4-0 at Wall Park. Liverton United had a 4-2 win at home to Alphington and also scoring 4 on home turf were St Martins who beat Honiton Town 4-1 at Minster Park. Galmpton & Roselands picked up their win on their travels with a 3-2 success at Budleigh Salterton whilst one game ended all square as bottom of the table Sidmouth Town collected a 2nd point of the season after drawing 2-2 with new boys Ilfracombe Town.
WEDNESDAY 30th AUGUST
SWP East: Alphington played their first home game of the season tonight but suffered a 0-4 defeat as visiting Bovey Tracey bounced back from their only defeat of the season last time out. The Moorlanders led by just a single goal at the break but 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half ensured the points and matters got worse for Alphington late on as they conceded a 4th goal and had a player sent off in the last few moments of the match.
TUESDAY 29th AUGUST
SWP East: Just two games tonight but still their was action at both ends of the table. At the top end Teignmouth suffered a first defeat of the campaign as they lost 1-2 at home to a Brixham side who had drawn all three of their opening contests. At the opposite end of the table new boys Honiton Town followed up Saturdays first point at Step 7 with a draw at Brixham by collecting a first win as they beat neighbours Sidmouth Town 1-0 at Mountbatten Park, the Vikings falling to the foot of the table themselves.
SATURDAY 26th AUGUST
SWP East: Crediton United moved 3 points clear at the top of the table as they recorded a 4th straight win of the season with a 2-0 success away at Galmpton & Roselands to move onto 12 points. Torridgeside are up to 2nd as the North Devon club won 2-1 away at the University of Exeter with the Students suffering a third straight defeat. Elsewhere only two other sides had wins with Ilfracombe Town collecting a second maximum points haul inside a week as they beat Liverton United 1-0 at Marlborough Park whilst St Martins collected their first win of the season with a 2-1 success at home to Sidmouth Town. Two games ended all square, at Wall Park the hosts Brixham are fast becoming the draw specialists as they have now drawn all 3 opening matches with today’s coming from a 1-1 draw with Honiton Town with the Hippo’s earning their 1st point since joining the league. Up at Marshford the visitors Alphington salvaged a point with a late leveller to draw 2-2 with hosts Appledore.
FRIDAY 25th AUGUST
SWP East: A good sized crowd gathered at Mill Marsh Park to watch two of the remaining five unbeaten sides go head to head in a South Devon derby with Newton Abbot Spurs extending their perfect start to 3 wins from 3 outings with a 3-1 win at a Bovey Tracey side who suffered a first defeat of the season.
WEDNESDAY 23rd AUGUST
SWP East: Just the one East fixture tonight but it marked a first win of the season, and first win under the new name of Galmpton & Roselands, as the South Devon side beat visiting Liverton United by the only goal of the game at the War Memorial ground.
TUESDAY 22nd AUGUST
SWP East: Ilfracombe Town picked up their maiden league win as they beat local rivals Appledore 3-1 at Marlborough Park this evening but the other new side in the division, Honiton Town, are still searching for their first points after losing 1-3 at home to Budleigh Salterton in the Hippos first game at Mountbatten Park in the league which drew an impressive crowd of close to 200 people. Axminster Town bounced back from a defeat last Saturday to edge a 3-2 win over Alphington at Tiger Way.
MONDAY 21st AUGUST
SWP East: Teignmouth maintained their unbeaten start to the season and climbed three places to 3rd after a 2-0 win away at the University of Exeter in the only Monday night fixture. The Teigns have won 2 and drawn 1 of their opening games whilst the Students who had won their opening two matches have now lost their most recent two.
SATURDAY 19th AUGUST
SWP East: Seven games today but a fair shortage of goals with none of the 14 teams in action scoring more than three. Crediton United are top of the table after a 2-0 success away at Ilfracombe Town which rekindled a rivalry from both clubs Western League days. The University of Exeter suffered a first defeat of the season as they went down 0-2 at home to Alphington in an Exeter Derby at Topsham Road. Bovey Tracey had a 2-1 win away at Sidmouth Town in a game that kicked off an hour earlier than the others and Appledore also had a 2-1 away win as they collected the points at St Martins. Only two sides enjoyed home wins with Liverton United having a 1-0 success over new-boys Honiton Town at Halford and Torridgeside a 3-0 win at Donnacroft over Axminster Town. One game ended all square as Brixham drew 3-3 with Budleigh Salterton at Wall Park with the visiting Robins collecting their 1st point under new manager Kevin Hill.
TUESDAY 15th AUGUST
SWP East: A busy night of six matches in the East Division tonight with two clubs gaining a 2nd win of the campaign and three sides getting their first points on the board. The two early front runners are Crediton United who followed up last Saturdays win at Liverton with a 3-1 win at home to a Honiton Town side playing their first ever game in the league. Newton Abbot Spurs also followed up an away win with a home success as Spurs beat Alphington 2-0 at the Recreation Ground. Bovey Tracey played their first fixture and started with a win as they beat Galmpton & Roselands 1-0 at Mill Marsh Park. Both Liverton United and Brixham picked up their first points of the campaign as they drew 2-2 with each other at Halford. Teignmouth picked up a win to go with an opening day draw as they won 3-0 away at St Martins and Torridgeside are also on 4 points as they followed up Saturdays draw with a 5-0 win at home to the divisions other new boys, Ilfracombe Town, at Donnacroft.
MONDAY 14th AUGUST
SWP East: The University of Exeter recorded a second win in just three days with a 4-3 win over Sidmouth Town at Topsham Road this evening. On a gloomy and damp night the game was a contrast as it produced seven goals, a red card and scores turned from 3-0 to 3-3 and then the Students scoring the winner 7 minutes from time.
SATURDAY 12th AUGUST
SWP East: Twelve more sides got the new season up and running this afternoon, but only three of them managed to do so with a victory. The University of Exeter led the way with a 4-1 win from the long trip to Appledore. Crediton United also scored 4 goals away from home as they won 4-2 at Liverton United whilst Newton Abbot Spurs made it a hat-trick of away wins with a 3-1 success at Budleigh Salterton. The three other matches all ended in score draws with Ilfracombe Town picking up a point in their first ever game in the league as they drew 1-1 with St Martins in front of a good crowd of 125 at Marlborough Park. It was also 1-1 at Coombe Valley where Teignmouth shared the points with visiting Alphington whilst Sidmouth Town and Torrideside had a 2-2 draw on the East Devon coast.
FRIDAY 11th AUGUST
SWP East: Axminster Town kicked off the new East Division season by playing on the Friday night and claimed the first points of the season as well as they beat visiting Galmpton & Roselands by a 2-1 margin at Tiger Way.
THURSDAY 4th MAY
Devon Premier Cup: The University of Exeter lifted the Devon Premier Cup for the first time in their history after beating Plymouth & West Devon League outfit The Windmill by a 3-0 margin in tonight’s final. The showpiece final was held at Devon County FA HQ in Newton Abbot where the Students dominated the match and ran out comfortable winners against their Plymouth based opponents.
SATURDAY 29th APRIL
SWP East: The final five East league games of the campaign were all completed this afternoon with the main attention at the bottom of the table where Exwick Villa hosted Budleigh Salterton in virtually a relegation decider. The match saw a crowd of close to 200 but ended goalless which means Budleigh Salterton survive and Exwick Villa are relegated to the Devon & Exeter League, whose championship was also settled today as Honiton Town won that league and will join us next season. Champions Stoke Gabriel ended their campaign with a 5-3 defeat away at in-form University of Exeter with the students still having a game to play as they contest the Devon Premier Cup Final on Thursday. Appledore secured the 3rd place prize money of £500 after beating St Martins 1-0 at Marshford with Newton Abbot Spurs finishing 4th which is worth £250. Brixham had a 3-0 home win over Totnes & Dartington to end their season whilst Torridgeside completed their first season in the league in 7th place after they beat Sidmouth Town 5-1 at Donnacroft.
WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL
SWP East: Two games tonight but two games with huge significance at either end of the table. At the very top, Stoke Gabriel secured the East Division title in fine style with an 8-2 win away at Liverton United. Stoke Gabriel bounce straight back from relegation 12 months ago and went past the 100 goals scored barrier tonight with Sean Finch now leading the Golden Boot standings after he scored four times. At the opposite end bottom side Exwick Villa had a 3-1 win at home to Totnes & Dartington which keeps alive their chances of staying up and sets up a finale on Saturday when they host Budleigh Salterton with the winner staying up and the loser being relegated, though the visiting Robins would be the ones to survive if its a draw.
MONDAY 24th APRIL
SWP East: Monday nights only East game saw the University of Exeter beat Budleigh Salterton 3-0 at home which keeps the Robins still needing a point for survival but also opening the door to Exwick Villa, who were watching on in numbers. The maths are quite simple now, if Exwick Villa win their last two games – at Home to Totnes & Dartington on Wednesday and at Home to Budleigh Salterton on Saturday they will stay up on goal difference, nothing less than two wins will be good enough and Budleigh themselves as the away team on Saturday are able to influence that directly by being the opposition in the final game. For the Students the win keeps them in 9th and in good form ahead of the Devon Premier Cup final next month.
SATURDAY 22nd APRIL
SWP East: A very dramatic day at both ends of the table with nothing fully decided, but the finishing line now well in sight. At the top of the table leaders Teignmouth were 2 goals up at half time whilst Stoke Gabriel were trailing by a goal which favoured the Coombe Valley club but 2nd half drama at both games turned the fortunes around. Teignmouth were pegged back to a 4-4 draw by relegation threatened Budleigh Salterton meaning the hosts end the campaign with 71 points. Stoke Gabriel meanwhile forced a leveler to draw 1-1 away at 4th placed Appledore which means with 2 games to go and a superior goal difference they can claim the title with a win or 2 draws in their final 2 outings the next of which is on Wednesday night away at Liverton United. Today’s results do though mean that Teignmouth are assured of at least runners-up for the 2nd time running and the third time in four years. Drama at the bottom of the table too as bottom side Exwick Villa put up a brave fight before losing 1-0 away at Axminster Town, a result that gives the Tigers a Top 6 finish. Exwick now can only deal in wins and must take 6 points from their last 2 games to have any chance of staying up. Budleigh Salterton drew for the 2nd game in a week as they followed up a 3-3 draw at Crediton with the 4-4 draw at Teignmouth today. The Robins can make themselves safe if they avoid defeat at University on Monday or if they avoid defeat at Exwick next Saturday. Totnes & Dartington had a rather bitter-sweet day as they lost 0-7 at home to the University of Exeter but other results went their way and they are now safe from relegation. Away from Top & Bottom Crediton United finished their season with a 4-2 win away at Bovey Tracey which lifts the Kyrton up a place to 7th in the table.
WEDNESDAY 19th APRIL
SWP East: Newton Abbot Spurs completed their season this evening and collected a useful point from a 2-2 draw away at the University of Exeter. Spurs remain 3rd which is worth £500 but may slip to 4th (£250) depending on how Appledore fare in their remaining two matches. The Students remain in 9th spot but still have 3 league games and the Devon Premier Cup final to play before their season concludes.
TUESDAY 18th APRIL
SWP East: Just the one East Division game tonight but it featured relegation threatened Budleigh Salterton who played their game in hand on rivals Exwick Villa and Totnes & Dartington. Budleigh collected a useful point from a 3-3 draw away at Crediton United that moves the “Robins” 5 points clear of Exwick and to within 3 points of Totnes & Dartington with all 3 teams now having three matches left each.
SATURDAY 15th APRIL
SWP East: The University of Exeter climbed back two places and into the top half of the table after they won this afternoon’s only East Division fixture with a 3-0 victory over visiting Totnes & Dartington. The visitors remain in 16th and still not fully assured of safety from the drop.
GOOD FRIDAY 14th APRIL
SWP East: Stoke Gabriel will be the happiest side this Easter as without playing a game they moved to within 5 points of the title, with 3 games to play, as all their rivals dropped precious points. Teignmouth who remain top played their penultimate game and were held to a goalless draw at home by Newton Abbot Spurs whilst 3rd placed Appledore went down 1-0 away at Torridgeside in an afternoon kick off at Donnacroft which drew the highest East attendance of the season, 227. At the bottom end of the table their was little Easter joy as both the bottom two lost at home. Exwick Villa went down 1-4 against cross City rivals Alphington who played their final game of the season and at Budleigh Salterton the Robins failed to take advantage as they lost an afternoon kick off 2-5 against the visiting Sidmouth Town. Bovey Tracey leap-frogged their neighbours, Liverton United, with a 3-0 home victory over them and Galmpton United completed their fixtures for the season with an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to local rivals Brixham.
THURSDAY 13th APRIL
SWP East: The Easter weekend started with a game on Maundy Thursday evening where Crediton United hosted fellow East Devon outfit St Martins in front of nearly 100 people at Lords Meadow. The visitors from Exminster collected maximum points with a 3-1 victory which sees them climb, for a day or two at least, into the top half of the league table.
SATURDAY 8th APRIL
SWP East: The traffic issues around the M5 saw late kick offs at Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth Town and the University of Exeter but all 7 scheduled matches were completed. The leading duo were both away in tricky looking matches but both recorded wins to maintain their positions. Teignmouth won 1-0 away at the in-form University of Exeter to remain a point ahead of Stoke Gabriel who won their local derby away at Totnes & Dartington by a 2-0 margin. Newton Abbot Spurs fell a place to 4th after they were held to a 1-1 draw away at Axminster Town which allowed Appledore to climb into 3rd spot. The Marshford side put last weeks heavy defeat behind them as they beat Crediton United 5-1 at home. Only two other sides recorded victories this afternoon with St Martins winning 1-0 away at relegation threatened Budleigh Salterton and Alphington completed their home fixtures for the season with a 2-1 success at the Chronicles over Galmpton United. Liverton United climbed two places to 13th despite not actually winning, as a 0-0 draw away at Sidmouth Town was enough to progress upwards in the very close knit group in lower mid table.
WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL
SWP East: A trio of Wednesday night fixtures in the East Division saw Teignmouth climb to the top of the table as they won 4-2 away at Bovey Tracey. The in-form Teigns are now a point clear of Stoke Gabriel but have played one more fixture. Another in-form team are the University of Exeter and the Students extended their unbeaten run with a 4-0 win away at lowly Budleigh Salterton tonight, a result that leaves the Robins still in the relegation fight. Totnes & Dartington however pulled clear of the drop zone after winning 3-1 away at Crediton United, the visitors are now some 8 points clear of bottom side Exwick Villa.
SATURDAY 1st APRIL
SWP East: The East Division had a full programme of nine league fixtures, which all survived the wet weather, as the Division looks to end ahead of schedule. Leaders Stoke Gabriel took a big step towards the title and are now firm favourites for it as they thrashed visiting Torridgeside by a 7-0 margin at the Churchward Ground to move 2 points clear at the top and still with a game in hand. Newton Abbot Spurs in 2nd place were held to a 2-2 draw away at Galmpton United in a South Devon Derby whilst both Appledore & Brixham suffered defeats. Teignmouth climbed two places to 3rd as they beat bottom of the table Exwick Villa by a 3-0 margin at Coombe Valley. All the other contenders dropped points with Appledore in particular having a day to forget as they went down to a 9-1 defeat away at the University of Exeter. The Students are having a strong second half of the season but the margin of victory still makes this one of the shock results of the season. Brixham who topped the table for much of the winter lost 3-0 away at Bovey Tracey and with just 2 games left are now out of the running. Axminster Town, who also have just two games left, can now not finish in the top 3 after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Totnes & Dartington whilst Crediton Uniteds promotion dreams were seriously dented after the Kyrton lost 3-2 away at Sidmouth Town. St Martins drop out of the top half of the table after they narrowly lost 0-1 at home to Alphington in an East Devon Derby at Minster Park. At the bottom of the table it was a good day for Budleigh Salterton, the Robins were 2-1 winners away at Liverton United which pulls them 4 points clear of Exwick Villa, and still with 3 games in hand, whilst they are now just a point behind Totnes & Dartington with one game in hand on them.
SATURDAY 25th MARCH
SWP East: A rather light programme of matches today, partly because Crediton v Totnes & Dartington was postponed on Friday night and Newton Abbot Spurs v Sidmouth Town had been brought forward to Wednesday night. Just 5 games were played but they still featured sides at both ends of the table. Stoke Gabriel are the new league leaders as they won 3-0 away at Bovey Tracey in a South Devon Derby and the Railwaymen move ahead of Newton Spurs on goal difference with Spurs now 2nd. Appledore climbed two places to 3rd as they edged a narrow but important 1-0 win away at a Liverton United side who gave a much better account of themselves this week. The only other side to collect maximum points this afternoon were the University of Exeter who had a 1-0 win from their short trip across Exeter to Alphington, the in-form Students also climbed a place in the table and into the Top 10. The two bottom sides were both in action and both collected a point each from drawn games. Bottom side Exwick Vill drew 1-1 away at Torridgeside and they remain bottom by a single point as Budleigh Salterton drew 0-0 at home to Galmpton United which also pushes the Robins to within 3 points Totnes & Dartington who are in the last place of safety.
WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH
SWP East: Newton Abbot Spurs climbed three places to the very top of the table after a hard earnt 2-0 win at home to Sidmouth Town this evening. A brace of 2nd half goals from Adam Dyson did the job against a Vikings side that contributed to a good game, witnessed by visiting FA Officials Laurence Jones & Ray Lewis. Spurs have no game on Saturday as this match was brought forward three days due to the funeral of a young Sidmouth player this coming Saturday.
SATURDAY 18th MARCH
SWP East: 16 of the 18 sides were in league action today, although the two missing were Teignmouth and Newton Abbot Spurs who started the day in 2nd & 3rd places. That gave leaders Brixham the chance to open a gap at the top but they failed to do so as they lost 2-1 at home to the in-form Axminster Town who are finishing the season strongly under the new management of Jon Hurford. Brixham retain top spot but only on goal difference from Teignmouth whilst Stoke Gabriel climb a place to 3rd despite being held to a 2-2 draw away at Alphington. A trio of sides in the chasing pack all enjoyed not only home victories, but high scoring ones. Crediton United recorded the highest victory in any league game this season, in any of the three divisions, as they beat Liverton United 11-1 at Lords Meadow. Credit thought to Liverton who fulfilled the fixture despite a major shortage of players today. Appledore also had a big home win with a 7-0 victory at Marshford over Galmpton United and over at Donnacroft, Torridgeside got back to winning ways after a bad run in style with a 7-2 win over visiting Budleigh Salterton. The only other side to record a victory today were the University of Exeter who followed up their cup semi final win on Wednesday with a 2-0 league win away at Sidmouth Town this afternoon with the Students climbing two places to 11th. St Martins and Bovey Tracey shared the spoils from a 2-2 draw at Minster Park and at the foot of the table bottom side Exwick Villa collected a point from a goaless draw away at Totnes & Dartington and reduce the gap on Budleigh back to a single point.
WEDNESDAY 15th MARCH
Devon Premier Cup: The University of Exeter are through to May’s final of the Premier Cup after they came from behind to beat fellow East Division side, Crediton United, 2-1 in tonight’s first semi-final which was staged on a neutral venue at Cullompton Rangers Speeds Meadow home. Kyrton had taken the lead in the first half but the Students levelled in first half stoppage time from the penalty spot. The second period saw both sides have chances but with 10 minutes remaining the Students were awarded another penalty which they scored from to make it 2-1 and despite some late pressure the Kyrton were unable to score a goal which would have sent the tie into extra time. The University of Exeter will play either East Allington or The Windmill in the final which is due on Thursday 4th May.
SATURDAY 11th MARCH
SWP East: The leadership of the East Division changed hands, yet again, this afternoon as Teignmouth lost a seven goal thriller, 3-4 away to a Crediton United side who with games in hand still needed the three points to stay in the chase themselves. The new leaders are Brixham who started the day in 4th but end it top on goal difference after a 3-1 win away at Sidmouth Town. Appledore got back to winning ways with a 4-2 home win over Bovey Tracey and Axminster Town carried on the unbeaten run under their caretaker management with a 2-1 win away at Exwick Villa. One side who are no longer in the title race, and fell a place to 8th today, are Torridgeside who lost 2-4 at home to St Martins at Donnacroft today. At the bottom end of the table their was no joy for either of the bottom two with Exwick losing to Axminster and Budleigh Salterton going down 3-4 at home to Alphington. One side with no real relegation fears anymore are Galmpton United and they climbed a place to 14th as they beat Liverton United 5-0 today and also move themselves onto 30 points for the season. The University of Exeter v Stoke Gabriel clash at Topsham Road was postponed late on as no referee attended the match with initial investigations suggesting the appointed referee was taken for a higher league game, but due to communication break down this was not discovered until too late in the day.
SATURDAY 4th MARCH
SWP East: The East Division was least affected by the wet weather with eight of the nine games completed and only Exwick Villa v Totnes & Dartington postponed. The top four in the table all won whilst the sides in 5th, 6th and 7th all lost to give a breakaway quartet in this most thrilling of title races. Leaders Teignmouth had a 2-0 win away at Torridgeside who had started the day in 6th, the win keeps Teignmouth a point clear of Newton Abbot Spurs in 2nd who had also had an away win today with a 3-0 victory at St Martins. Third placed Stoke Gabriel entertained 5th placed Appledore and the Railwaymen won 2-0 to give themselves a slight advantage in the title race as they have at least a game in hand on the sides above them. Brixham held onto 4th spot by gaining revenge on the University of Exeter, only last week they lost to the Students away whilst with home advantage today they won 4-1 against the Students. Along with defeats for Appledore and Torridgeside was a loss for Crediton United who went down 3-2 away at Liverton United with the Halford hosts coming from a goal down at the break to pick up the victory. Axminster Town took advantage by climbing two places and back into the Top 6 with a 7-1 win at home to lowly Budleigh Salterton. In fact the action at the bottom of the table was fairly spare as Exwick in 18th and Totnes in 16th were called off and Budleigh remain sandwiched between them in 17th place. Two sides who are looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone had wins today to pull further away with Galmpton United enjoying a 1-0 win at home to Sidmouth Town and Alphington leap-frogging their guests today as they beat Bovey Tracey 3-1 at the Chronicles.
SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY
Walter C Parson Funeral Directors Cup: The East Divisions last remaining team in the league cup, Crediton United, put up a brave show away at Premier side St Austell before bowing out of the cup after the Cornish hosts had come from behind to snatch a late 3-2 win. Kyrton, like West side Mousehole who lost in midweek at Bodmin, do receive £400 prize money for being the last survivors from the lower divisions.
SWP East: Long time leaders Brixham were knocked off the top spot this afternoon, and so close is the title race that this afternoons 1-0 defeat away at the University of Exeter saw Brixham slip three places to 4th in the table, whilst the Students jumped up two places to 11th and clear of any relegation danger. The new leaders are Teignmouth who had been behind only on goal difference but are now a point clear after a 1-0 win at home to Galmpton United. Newton Abbot Spurs climbed from 3rd to 2nd after they had a 4-1 win at home to a Torridgeside outfit who are now out of the title picture. Stoke Gabriel climbed a place to 3rd after they beat Alphington 4-1 at home in a re-arranged league fixture whilst Appledore stay 5th, but still very much in the chase, as they won 2-0 away at an Exwick Villa side who have fallen back to the foot of the table. Exwicks loss enabled Budleigh Salterton to climb off the bottom as the Robins ended a run of nine straight defeats with a 4-2 victory away at Bovey Tracey this afternoon. Only one match had no bearing on either end of the table but that did not stop Sidmouth Town leap-frogging their hosts today, St Martins, with a 3-2 win at Minster Park.
FRIDAY 24th FEBRUARY
SWP East: Totnes & Dartington hosted Liverton United in a Friday evening fixture at Devon FA head-quarters in Newton Abbot and drew a good sized crowd in excess of 100 people for this local derby match. Honours ended even as the sides drew 1-1 with T & D taking a first half lead before a superb leveller from Liverton 11 minutes from the end.
SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY
SWP East: A full programme of nine East matches today with a lot of goals around as 44 were registered including two clubs hitting nine each. Newton Abbot Spurs recorded the highest win in the Division all season as they thrashed bottom of the table Budleigh Salterton by a 9-0 margin at the Recreation Ground. Spurs remain 3rd whilst the Robins are in real danger of the drop having not collected a point from any of their last 9 fixtures. Appledore were on course for the highest win as they led Liverton United 6-0 at half time in their game at Marshford but a quieter second half saw the final scoreline being 9-1 although that lifted the North Devon hosts a place to 5th in the table. The top two are unchanged and so to is the margin that separates them as they are both still tied on points but Brixham have a goal difference just one better than Teignmouth. Both had two goal margin home wins today with Brixham beating Bovey Tracey 2-0 at Wall Park and Teignmouth winning 3-1 at Coombe Valley over Sidmouth Town. 4th placed Stoke Gabriel remain hot on their heels after a 5-1 win at home to St Martins but Axminster Town seem to have slid out of the title picture as they followed up last weekends defeat with a 1-1 draw away at the University of Exeter today. One side who pushed themselves back into the picture though are Crediton United who climbed a place to 7th and level on points with Torridgeside after beating the North Devon side 2-0 at Lords Meadow. Two sides at the bottom eased their relegation fears as Totnes & Dartington won 3-1 away at Alphington to open a 4 point gap whilst Galmpton United followed up last weekends win with another maximum points haul today as they beat Exwick Villa 4-1 which leaves Villa in the bottom two along with Budleigh Salterton.
SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY
SWP East: After two weeks without a ball kicked in anger in the division, the programme was reduced today to five matches as the Devon Premier Cup played out its last eight stage as well. The lack of games though did not reduce the action as their are changes at both the top and bottom of the table. The meeting of Exwick Villa and Brixham saw this mornings bottom side host the leaders but by the end of the game and after Exwick had ran out 4-2 victors this was enough for the Exeter based side to climb off the bottom of the table for the first time all season. Brixhams defeat also meant they were likely to be knocked off the summit but they retained the lead by the slenderest of margins as they remain top courtesy of their goal difference being a single one better than Teignmouth! The Coombe Valley club had a 4-0 win at home to visiting Torridgeside with the Teigns climbing into 2nd and all bar a goal to the top of the table. Newton Abbot Spurs had a narrow but important 1-0 win at home to Alphington which lifts Spurs up 2 places to 3rd in the table whilst Appledore are also up two places, in their case to 6th, after winning 4-0 away at a Budleigh Salterton side who are now bottom of the table. Galmpton United who are in the relegation mix themselves eased their worries with a 1-0 win at home to Axminster Town.
Devon Premier Cup: Two of the three East sides in the last eight of the Cup are through to the semi finals after today’s results. Crediton United booked their place after a 3-1 win at home to North Devon League high-flyers and Promotion chasing Braunton whilst the University of Exeter had a comfortable 5-1 win at home to former league members and now Devon & Exeter League side Elmore. One side did exit the cup though as Stoke Gabriel were humbled 3-1 away at Plymouth & West Devon side Windmill and the trio are completed by South Devon League side East Allington who won 3-1 away at Devon & Exeter League outfit Newtown.
SATURDAY 28th JANUARY
SWP East: Another day of mixed results in what is in affect an 8 team title race as leaders Brixham suffered their first defeat since Boxing Day this afternoon as they went down 0-2 away at Appledore side who remain 8th but are just 8 points, with 3 games in hand, off pole position themselves! In between those two clubs four of the other six sides picked up wins to close the gap on the leaders. Stoke Gabriel in 2nd got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win at home to 6th placed Axminster Town, Stoke are now just 2 points off the pace. Teignmouth remain in 3rd spot after a 3-1 win away at Alphington whilst Torridgeside are up a place to 4th after they recorded the days highest scoring victory with a 7-0 romp at home to Liverton United. Newton Abbot Spurs are up a place to 5th after they had to come from behind to beat bottom of the table Exwick Villa 3-1 at the Recreation Ground. 7th placed Crediton United were held to a draw for the second week running, last week it was the 5-5 with Alphington whilst today was more of a conservative 1-1 scoreline away at Totnes & Dartington. The Draw for the Foxhole based club was in fact the only point earnt by any side in the bottom eight of the table and although valuable it was not sufficient to move them up from 16th place. Elsewhere two sides in mid-table picked up wins with Sidmouth Town grabbing a late winner in a 4-3 thriller away at Bovey Tracey whilst St Martins also collected an away victory with a 2-1 success away at Galmpton United.
SATURDAY 21st JANUARY
SWP East: An incredible 43 goals were scored in the eight East Division matches this afternoon with no fewer than 10 of them coming at Lords Meadow where hosts Crediton United and Alphington equaled the East Divisions record for a score draw with a 5-5 tie that gave those in attendance full value for money. Leaders Brixham were involved in one of the lower scoring matches but they will not be worried about that at all as a 3-0 win away at St Martins pushes them 5 points clear at the top of the table. Teignmouth and Appledore, two of the eight sides in the title picture met at Coombe Valley with honours ending even from a 1-1 draw but the point each hardly helped the two sides as both Axminster Town & Torridgeside enjoyed away wins. Axminster who are on a good run of form won 3-2 at Totnes & Dartington whilst Torridgeside followed up last weeks 5-4 home win with another hat full of goals as they won 6-0 at bottom of the table Exwick Villa. Elsewhere Sidmouth Town climbed into the Top 10 with a 5-1 win at home to Galmpton United and Bovey Tracey also notched a 5-1 success with their victory coming away at Budleigh Salterton. The students of the University of Exeter have come back from their festive break in good form as they won again with a 3-2 success at home to Liverton United and are now well clear of any relegation danger.
SATURDAY 14th JANUARY
SWP East: The East Division title race took yet another twist this afternoon as three of the top four sides lost to leave the title destination in any one of eight sides who remain within 9 points of each other! Stoke Gabriel started the day top and were 4-1 up away at Torridgeside before things went downhill as they lost 5-4 with the newcomers battling back for a huge win at Donnacroft. Brixham who were 2nd climbed to the top after a narrow but vital 1-0 win at home to Alphington put the Wall Park club back to the summit. Newton Abbot Spurs in 3rd had a day to forget as they were beaten 3-0 at home by a Bovey Tracey side who climbed a place to 12th. Crediton United were 4th but they lost 2-3 away at a Teignmouth side who leap-frogged todays visitors and into 4th spot for themselves. Appledore who had been on a good run and had just caught the chasing pack were also beaten as they went down 3-5 at home to a Sidmouth Town side who are up a place to 11th. At the other end of the table their was little joy for the bottom clubs. Exwick Villa did however collect a useful point from a 1-1 draw away at local rivals St Martins but both Totnes & Dartington and Galmpton United lost away. Liverton United had a 1-0 win to account for T & D at Halford whilst the University of Exeter pulled away from the bottom quartet with a 5-1 win over Galmpton at Topsham Road.
SATURDAY 7th JANUARY
SWP East: The first set of East games in 2017 had thrown together league leaders Stoke Gabriel at home to bottom side Exwick Villa, and the unpredictable nature of the division was again demonstrated as Villa promptly won 2-1! The result leaves Stoke top but only now by a single point, whilst Exwick are still bottom but just 4 points off safety. With Stoke Gabriel losing the chasing pack nearly all took advantage to close the gap with Brixham now just a point behind after winning 2-1 away at Torridgeside to complete the double on the new boys. Newton Abbot Spurs had a 4-1 win away at Liverton United and they climbed to 3rd above inactive Crediton United. Axminster Town remain 5th but carried on their recent winning run with a 3-1 victory at home to local rivals Sidmouth Town. Teignmouth climbed a place to 6th with a 3-1 win at home to a University of Exeter side who have returned from their festive break whilst Appledore are up a place to 7th after winning 2-0 away at Galmpton United. Down at the danger end of the table their were mixed fortunes with Totnes & Dartington climbing out of the bottom two after coming from behind to beat Bovey Tracey 3-2 at home and they are replaced in the drop zone by Budleigh Salterton who suffered a 4-0 defeat away at an Alphington side who climbed two places to 11th and relative safety.
MONDAY 2nd JANUARY
Walter C Parson Cup: Crediton United pulled off the shock result of the round as the East Division side won 2-1 away at Premier Division high flyers Tavistock. Kyrton also earnt the full £400 prize for the furthest an East club has progressed in the competition this season. The West Division award and a further £400 was won by Mousehole who shrugged off the departure of player/boss Wayne Quinn to beat fellow West side Holsworthy 2-0 at Trungle Parc. Tiverton Town joined five other Premier sides in the last eight of the league cup today after they came from behind to win 2-1 away at fellow Premier outfit Helston Athletic. St Austell are also through but they were not required to kick a ball in anger as scheduled opponents Exwick Villa from the East Division forfeited the tie citing lack of players available.