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    Paul White
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    148. Thursday 29 March 2018 – South West Peninsula Division 1 East – Attendance: 318

    Newton Abbot Spurs (all blue) 2-1 Teignmouth (red & white sleeves & red)

    Scorers: Newton Abbot Spurs (O. Aplin 12, Metters 51) Teignmouth (Ayre 18)

    Ground: clubhouse shared with a cricket club, lovely to see a ground in the centre of town

    Pitch: a miracle, heavy going, no surface water, no puddles, no splashes

    Travel: delighted to have Mr Bull aboard for the weekend, driving with the ‘old bull’

    Weather: bucket loads of Devon rain, stopped momentarily, then it started again

    First up on the hop was Newton Abbot Spurs. I watched Teignmouth win their Devon Premier Cup semi-final last Thursday. They won 4-0 and played well, but they ended up pointless here and the ‘naughty boys’ against Newton Abbot Spurs. Teignmouth had two players dismissed in a feisty final ten minutes, at which point they were out of control, but nine men nearly pulled off a surprise equaliser. Newton Abbot Spurs had many chances for a more comfortable win, but all were placed the wrong side of the posts, before Teignmouth imploded on the invitation of the referee. Newton Abbot Spurs winner was scored by Chris Metters, a former county cricketer with Warwickshire.

    149. Friday 30 March 2018 – South West Peninsula Division 1 East – Attendance: 336

    Sidmouth Town (all green) 3-4 Budleigh Salterton (red & white trim)

    Scorers: Sidmouth Town (Davies 32, Knight 73 & 82) Budleigh Salterton (Taylor 37, own goal 47, Boere 51, White 76)

    New Ground: very little cover for 300+ in a public park – Pitch: heavy going, nice stripes on the grass

    Travel: driving with Lord Bull – Weather: non stop rain of various magnitudes

    This was not a seven goals classic, more of a war of attrition in energy sapping conditions. Sidmouth Town deserved something, but eventually ran out of time. The start was delayed by 30 minutes, until the late arrival of, soon to be Lord Mayor of Exeter, who was having a few choice words of his own choice with the coach company.

    150. Friday 30 March 2018 – South West Peninsula Division 1 East – Attendance: 228 – At Exwick Villa

    Honiton (red & black stripes & black) 0-1 Ilfracombe Town (blue & navy & white & blue)

    Scorer: Ilfracombe Town (Montague 56)

    New Ground: Exeter College Sports Academy, off Exwick Road, Exeter

    Pitch: new 3G in a three sided cage, no spectator facilities

    Travel: Les got a lift from Charlie O’Reilly and after a reviving hot drink, I followed on half an hour later

    Weather: absolutely dreadful, deluge continued, never eased up, never stopped

    Not really what I wanted, but I couldn’t leave Les stranded. A change of location was enforced due to the weather, as this game was played at Exwick Villa. Most of the paying spectators huddled together under the overhang of the clubhouse roof. Neither team looked happy on the 3G surface and neither team could play. I’m certain the 3G pitch was completely foreign to them and to be fair, they only had 24 hours notice of the change of venue. The winning goal came from either a cross or a cross-shot, either given as an own goal or otherwise. The ball was going in, but it was helped on its way by a defender. The game was more deserving of a 0-0, but the visitor’s sneaked it.

    151. Friday 30 March 2018 – South West Peninsula Division 1 East – Attendance: 306

    Axminster Town (amber & black stripes) 2-1 Crediton United (yellow & blue trim)

    Scorers: Axminster Town (Hurford 7, Dibling 20) Crediton United (Morrish 31)

    Ground: second visit this season, new build, one mile out of Axminster

    Pitch: given the dreadful weather it should have looked like swan lake, amazingly it didn’t

    Travel: driving from Exeter with Les – Weather: heavy rain, sleet, snow, fog, more rain and four ducks

    I thought this game would be off, but the ground staff did a soporific job to remove gallons of water. Four ducks watched the entire game from behind the goal, with the ball splashing up water. Incredibly, two certain goals did not count, as the ball stuck in the mud on the goal-line. The ducks quacked their displeasure.

    152. Saturday 31 March 2018 – South West Peninsula Division 1 East – Attendance: 383

    St Martins (all red) 4-0 Alphington (sky & white)

    Scorers: St Martins (Watson 4 & 90, Davies 61, Richards 78)

    New Ground: Minster Park, Exminster, high up overlooking Exeter, split level viewing on three levels

    Pitch: remarkably no water, almost dry, rough and ready

    Travel: driving from Torquay with Les – Weather: cold sunshine

    One minute before the end, Alphington had a good penalty shout for hand ball turned down, then watched St Martins race down the other end to score their fourth goal. An enraged Alphington manager was not best pleased. Alphington kept a five man defence for all the game to considerably reduce St Martins fire power, although four was understated.

    153. Saturday 31 March 2018 – South West Peninsula Division 1 East – Attendance: 369

    Brixham (blue & navy & white & blue) 1-0 Galmpton & Roselands (all red)

    Scorer: Brixham (Parkin 56)

    New Ground: Wall Park, not far from Berry Head, clubhouse had an enclosed viewing area at the front, lovely for those seated behind glass, I wasn’t so lucky – Pitch: rough, uneven, lots of daisies

    Travel: driving from St Martins with Les – Weather: cold and windy

    Both teams had hardly scored a goal between them all season and the dreaded noughts were considered most likely. Then, the visitor’s keeper misplaced a goal-kick and the ball was driven back into the goal.

    154. Saturday 31 March 2018 – South West Peninsula Division 1 West – Attendance: 293

    Plymouth Marjon (blue & navy & black) 2-3 Millbrook (red & black sleeves & red)

    Scorers: Plymouth Marjon (Johnson 58, Parsonage 61) Millbrook (Shepherd 28, Chapman 67, Payne 74)

    New Ground: 3G cage, good viewing area from a high terrace, spectators welcome inside the cage

    Pitch: 3G in a full cage, 14 different pitches marked out for seven different sports

    Travel: driving from Brixham via Totnes with Les

    Weather: the kindest weather of the weekend, breaks in the clouds, no rain, but still cold and windy

    This game hinged on a sending off for the home team. The recipient just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Plymouth Marjon scored two goals with ten men, then Millbrook upped their game to equalise and came up with the winner. Another feature was that the Devon Air Ambulance landed and took off twice from the adjoining Derriford A & E Hospital, bringing Les a new sense of humour and a complete change of personality. In conclusion, a masterpiece of a weekend and according to Mr H, every referee has been awarded the cup final.


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    Phil Hiscox
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    Thanks Paul – I think I am still drying out from it all too !

    Looking back now though at least we can laugh – couple of hundred blokes, hanging around in the rain watching games with virtually no cover for 7 games – we must have been bonkers !


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