Seasiders take on Premier front runners

BEER Albion are still chasing the dream of an East Devon Senior cup triumph as they prepare for saturdays quarter final at home to Clyst Valley.

The Fishermen were beaten in last season’s final by Cronies, but who have chosen not to enter this year. Beer’s only other final appearance was back in 1954 losing to Exeter City Res at St James Park 2-0.

Newtown, who won the trophy two years ago, host four time winners Heavitree United, while 2016 winners Exwick Villa are at home to Upottery. Alphington Reserves the one remaining first division side are at Witheridge.

For the historians and cup romantics, when the 110th Battery beat St Sidwells United in the first ever EDSC final, back in 1904 that was the last game St Sidwells played before changing their name to Exeter City. How times and values have changed.

League wise in Premier Cronies first outing this year is against landlords Topsham Town. The Tops feel they have been a little unlucky in recent matches, and would love noting more than to dent the title prospects of their tenants especially at Coronation fields.

With leaders Exwick cuptied, Colyton have the chance to regain top spot in a big derby against Lyme Regis and a good crowd is expected at the Peace Memorial fields.

In the basement, four clubs are out for big points with Feniton at home to Seaton Town and Okehampton Argyle entertaining Exmouth Town.

Following their county cup success last week, Lapford return to action in Division One and get a chance to get within a point of inactive leaders Kentisbeare if they win at Chard Town. Chagford can also match that by winning their home game against Heavitree Unired.

Bottom of the table Wellington face a much improved Hatherleigh Town in the other first division clash.

The Royal Oak did not enjoy much festive cheer but hope to get back to winning ways against Uplowman Athletic to defend their Division Two leadership. Big rivals Whipton & Pinhoe are at home to struggling Halwill.

New leaders Ottery St Mary can take their winning streak to ten matches in Division Three if they put paid to bottom side North Tawton, while Sandford could move into second place if they win at Otterton.

Alphington defend top place in Division Four at home to Lyme Regis Reserves, third in the table, while Elmore, their main challengers, are at Hemyock who seem to have faded recently.

Proud new Division Five leaders Exmouth Spartans hope to carry on their good form at Willand-based Bravehearts, but Upottery are desparate to regain their early season success when they host Central.

All three unbeaten Division Six teams, Kentisbeare, Spreyton and Cheriton Fitzpaine have home advantage in their fixtures this weekend, and Cowick Barton the unbeaten Division Seven tabletoppers are away at HT Dons.

Division Eight leaders Dawlish United protect their 100% record at home to Lympstone.

In the Perry Street League, Lyme Regis Rovers have a rare home fixture in Division Three at the Davey Fort (kick-off 2pm) against Farway 2nds.

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About Philip Evans 457 Articles
Veteran journalist and newspaper manager Philip Evans has worked in the publishing industry for more than half a century. He started out as a reporter for Pulman’s Weekly News as a young man and went on to work for an international publishing company in the UK, South Africa and Australia before returning to Lyme Regis where he is still reporting on local events as he has done for more than 53 years.

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