Newtown's title hopes alive after Seaton win
NEWTOWN travel to Exmouth Amateurs this Saturday with renewed optimism after they beat Seaton Town 3-0 to underline their intent to stay with the Premier Division leaders.
Newtown switched the match from their Newton St Cyres base, which remained waterlogged, to their second home at Broadclyst and it paid dividends.
In agreement with Seaton, the game kicked off at noon to allow Newtown to stage their second-team game against Thorverton on the same surface.
An own goal separated the teams at half-time and then strikes from Kyle Hall and Simon Piper ended Seaton's challenge and possibly their hopes of staying in the title race. Both goalkeepers did well in a very competitive contest.
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In the other Premier Division game to beat the weather, St Martins enjoyed a goal feast against visiting Budleigh Salterton, scoring four times in either half to win 8-0.
Darren Eshun and Kevin Pike both scored twice, with singles from Matt Anderson, Nathan Melton, Lee Parker and Lewis Heaver.
The Saints, who have their biggest test of the season coming up at leaders Hatherleigh this Saturday, were eager to get the game played and if they win in North Devon they will cut the deficit at the top to four points.
The other five matches in the top flight were victims either to waterlogged or snowbound pitches as only 11 scheduled league and cup matches survived the weather.
Witheridge are back into the top three of Division One after they won 5-0 at Colyton.
The East Devon side were up against a Withy team on fire and desperate to renew their quest for promotion.
Ryan Greenslade (2), Tony Radford and Jason Manley scored to add to an own goal.
East Budleigh beat Wellington Town 3-0 in the other game played, and that was a result they badly needed according to manager Spencer West.
Jack Howarth, Simon Tuley and Phil Page were the Budleigh scorers.
Beacon Knights jumped up to second place in Division Two after an exciting 4-2 victory at Exeter Civil Service.
Hat-trick hero Chris Downs was the star for the Knights, with Matt Down also scoring.
Newtown's second team made it a double success for the club as they beat Thorverton 2-1 in the only Division Three match played. Sean Windows was the Thors' scorer.
Exmouth Town beat Axmouth United 5-1 in their Division Four clash, a result which really dented Axmouth's promotion hopes.
It was a much-needed boost for Exmouth, though, with Leigh Clarke (2), James Sharky, Dale Evans and Brandon Hodge scoring for the victors.
Seaton Town came from 2-0 down at half-time to rescue a 2-2 draw with the Lord's XI. Goals from Gaz Wills and man-of-the-match Chris Chamings put Lord's in charge, but Seaton hit back through Jimmy Matthews and Seth Wakley.
Veteran Seaton keeper Alex Anning had a great game.
Beer Albion and Topsham Town drew 1-1 in the only Division Five game played, but Division Six was a total washout with all matches postponed.
Division Seven leaders Fluxton felt they were mugged by struggling Tedburn St Mary, who went away with a much-needed 6-4 win under their belts.
Tedburn named two first team players in their side as their home game in Division Three was postponed.
They also had 16-year-old Rhys Knight making his debut for the club.
Mark Seward and Simon Durrant both scored twice for Tedburn, with Neil Maddocks and Lee Moore also scoring.
Tom Rapps, Richard Rapps, James Santer and an own goal made up the Fluxton tally.
Mitchell brothers Ryan and Lee helped blast Otterton into the East area final of the Devon Intermediate Cup.
The pair both struck as Otterton came from behind to beat Farway United, of the Perry Street League, 3-1 with Mark Dobrijevic getting their third goal.
Farway striker Andy Diamond shot his team ahead, but the hosts came back to take a 2-1 interval lead and then sealed their place with Dobrijevic's goal.
The other tie between Sampford Peverell and the cup holders Millwey Rise was postponed and will now switch to Millwey's Axminster home this Saturday.
Sampford manager Paul Andrews was hugely disappointed as they had a big following expected to cheer them.
However, under Devon FA rules, they will now have to give up ground advantage, having been unable to play the tie for the past two weeks.