Football

Beer Albion Reserves provided the Macron Devon and Exeter League when they defeated Division Three leaders Ottery St Mary 3-2 at a foggy Furzebrake on Saturday, writes Richard Honnor.

The penultimate Saturday of February was one to forget in terms of Sidmouth – and Ottery St Mary – football and rugby!

The local ‘Match of the Day’ is arguably the Devon Senior Cup last eight tie between Sidmouth Town Reserves and fellow Macron League Division One outfit Kentisbeare.

Sidmouth Town will be hoping to return to action on Saturday when they have a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game in Exeter at Alphington (3pm).

Tipton St John suffered a disappointing 4-1 home defeat when they entertained Halwill in a Macron League Division Two game last Saturday.

Ottery St Mary hope to end a two-week weather-enforced ‘lay-off’ when they make the short trip to Beer tomorrow (Saturday) to play Beer Albion Reserves in a Macron League Division Three game.

Exeter City Football Club’s (ECFC) first team physio, Adey Saunderson, has praised the East Devon Grecians for raising £10,000 over a two-year period to go towards a host of medical equipment at the Cliff Hill training ground.

Beer Albion missed an opportunity to climb into the top half of the Devon and Exeter Premier Division when they went down 4-2 at home to fellow mid-table side Witheridge 2nds on Saturday, writes Richard Honnor.

Storm Eric has done its best to blow (and soak) away much of the local sporting programme on the second Saturday of February, certainly in terms of local football.

As long as the weather holds off then Manstone Lane, Sidmouth will play witness to a visit from South West Peninsula League Eastern Division table-toppers Stoke Gabriel tomorrow (Saturday).

Ottery St Mary head into Exeter tomorrow to meet Winchester seeking to chalk up a 13th successive victory.

Sidmouth Town Reserves are in Devon Senior Cup action tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit fellow Macron Devon and Exeter League Division One side Kentisbeare in the last eight of a competition they won at the end of last season.

Tipton St John will try again to complete the first half of their Macron Devon and Exeter League Division Two campaign when they entertain Halwill tomorrow (Saturday).

A number of East Devon football clubs have put themselves ‘in the frame’ with regard to the Football Association’s restructuring that will see the South West Peninsula League run two divisions at step six of the game next season.

Sidmouth Warriors Under-13s are looking for someone who can take charge of their home games that they play each Saturday morning in the Exeter and District Youth League.

The wintry weather put paid to Beer Albion’s planned Macron Premier Division match at Exmouth Town Reserves on Saturday, writes Mike Adkin.

Sidmouth Town are not in action this Saturday and that comes as something of a disappointment for Kevin Tooze.

Ottery St Mary duly chalked up a 12th straight Macron league Division Three success as they won 2-1 at Clyst Valley.

Sidmouth Raiders Under-15s continued their winning run after coming through a fiercely fought and passionate encounter against Exeter-based rivals Whipton Youth, a contest Raiders eventually won 3-2.

The impressive run of nine games unbeaten for Ottery St Mary Under-13s was ended as they slipped to a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of table-topping Brixington Blues.

Beer Albion were excellent value for their 3-2 Macron League top flight win over East Devon neighbours and title contenders Colyton, writes Richard Honnor.

Sidmouth Chiefs take pride of place in terms of local sport on the final Saturday of January as they extended their lead at the top of the table. In football, a waterlogged Manstone Lane surface left the match referee with no choice but to abandon the Sidmouth Town SWP League meeting with St Martins, but Ottery St Mary march on with win number 12 in a row as they were 2-1 victors at Clyst Valley Reserves.

Sidmouth Town Reserves will be seeking to play only their fifth Macron League game since October tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to Alphington (2.15pm).

Sidmouth Town joint boss Kev Tooze was proud of his young side after they pushed one of the title favourites – Elmore – all the way before going down 2-1 at Horsdon Park, Tiverton last Saturday.

As far as game plans go, the one that Ottery boss Dave Fairweather put in place for his team’s Macron League Three meeting with Axmouth United could hardly have gone any better!

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