The draw for the semi-final of the Devon Women's Football League Cups has thrown up some fantastic ties across the region, with the matches to be played before Sunday, March 10.

North/East Cup
Appledore FC v RBL Alphington or Bradworthy Women
Honiton Women v Braunton Women

South/West Cup
Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police v Plympton Ladies
Shaldon Villa v SB Oak Villa

The men’s football programme was battered by the relentless rain of the past week, forcing postponements all across the leagues involving Devon clubs.

Among the few survivors were three games played in the quarter-finals of the Peninsula League Walter C Parson Cup, and heartbreak for Axminster Town, as they were beaten 1-0 by a last-minute goal from Elburton Villa’s Charlie Stearnes.

There was more drama on the Cornish coast, where Newquay drew 1-1 with Bridport and the Dorset side prevailed on penalties. Defending champions Okehampton Argyle had a far more comfortable afternoon, overpowering Mullion with a 4-1 victory, Josh Coles (2), Luke Alden and Dan Koita scoring the goals. St Austell face Camelford in the remaining quarter-final.

In the league, leaders Ivybridge Town continued their procession to the title with a hardworking 1-0 win over Torrington, while Bovey Tracey proved too strong for a battling Dartmouth, winning 4-0 on the Moors.

Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police produced a fine performance to defeat high-flying Cullompton Rangers. Ben Aldous and Jordan Thomas notched for an improving Stoke. The final game saw Bishops Lydeard defeat Torridgeside 3-1.

There is growing excitement at Tavistock AFC in Division One South of the Southern League, as the Lambs moved to within four points of the play-off positions with a gritty 1-0 victory at Melksham Town. Joe O’Loughlin scored the only goal for Tavvy, who have games in hand on the teams above them.

Sadly for Exmouth Town, time is running out in their quest for survival. Exmouth remain five points adrift in the one relegation spot after a 1-0 home defeat to Bashley, a side they were hoping to pull down into the mire.

Ilfracombe Town endured a tough afternoon in the Toolstation Western League, losing 3-0 at home to title-chasing Clevedon Town, while a brace from Jared Lewington was enough for Buckland Athletic to triumph 2-1 at Street.

The University of Exeter cemented their place at the top of the Devon Football League with a 6-0 trouncing of Barnstaple Town 2nds, while struggling Feniton lost 1-0 at home to Plymouth Marjon, Beer Albion went down 1-0 at Newtown and Ottery St Mary beat Elmore 3-2.

A smattering of fixtures went ahead across the nine divisions of the Devon & Exeter League, and goals from Billy Phillips, Matt Williams and Billy Worthington handed Lympstone a tremendous 3-2 win at home to East Budleigh, who are five places above them in Division 1. Newtown 2nds and University 3rds played out a 2-2 draw and Hatherleigh won 4-3 at St Martins in the other games.

The big match in Division 2 saw Central leapfrog Clyst Valley 2nds to the top spot with a 3-0 win over their title rivals. Beer Albion 2nds dropped away from the leaders with a shock 3-0 home loss to Tedburn St Mary, who moved off the bottom in the process.

A 3-2 victory for Broadclyst at home to Alphington 2nds moved them to within four points of Division 3 leaders Budleigh Salterton 2nds and there was a great result for struggling Hemyock, winning 4-1 at East Budleigh 2nds.

The only game in Division 4 saw Heart of Oak close ground on Honiton 2nds with a 2-0 defeat of the Hippos, while Division 5 pacesetters Starcross Dons scored 12 at Exeter United.

Witheridge 2nds surprised third-placed Ex Dons with a 3-0 win in Division 6, University 8ths thrashed Newton St Cyres 2nds 8-1 in Division 7 and there were wins for leaders Heavitree United 2nds and bottom club Starcross Dons 2nds in Division 8.