Fluxton in ‘must win game’ to land Fresha League Division Five title

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Fluxton can clinch the Division Five title on Saturday if they beat Sandford in their final game of the season.

Leaders Honiton Town Reserves have completed their programme and are two points ahead of Fluxton with three to play for.

Third-placed Otterton are out of it as they completed their programme some time ago.

Fluxton moved ahead of Otterton last time out by winning 3-1 at Uplowman Athletic.

Both sides had chances in the first half hour without completing.

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Fluxton lost Si Durrant with a strained hamstring and were forced into a reshuffle.

Rob Ashman came on alongside Chris Sercombe at the back; Andrew Butcher continued at left-back and Graham Hughes moved into Durrant’s engine room slot.

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Just before half-time, Uplowman went ahead.

Fluxton equalised when Olly Paget squared the ball to Hayden Figures to tap in for 1-1.

The second half was one of Fluxton’s finest as every man showed what he could do when he tried.

Wingers Matt Clothier-Smith and Nathan Devereux were lethal. Lee Chapman and Andrew Butcher were rugged on the sides supporting Ashman and Sercombe senior.

On 55 minutes, Paget snr received from Hughes and slipped the ball down the inside left channel to brother Olly, who slipped the ball to Figures to beat the advancing keeper.

On the hour, Devereux was released down the left. Galloping clear, he looked up and volleyed first-time into the top corner, rounding off his man-of-the-match performance.

Uplowman were occasionally dangerous but knew they were beaten by a better side.

Ten minutes from time Olly Paget went down in the area, presenting Figures with the chance to miss his sixth penalty of the season.

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