Newtown continue to hunt down Hippos with battling victory


NEWTOWN turned up the heat in the Devon & Exeter League Premier Divison Title race with a nervy 4-3 victory over fourth placed Okehampton Argyle.

The Okes started well and led 2-0 before the hosts battled back to secure the win with Ben Howard (2), Corey O’Donoghue and Luke Jones among the goalscorers.

There were plenty of goals at Acland Park too as hosts Fention thrashed in-form Beer Albion 7-1. Star of the show was Charlie Selley who scored five which included two penalties. Ben Ede scored one and had a hand in the other that may yet be attributed as an own goal.

Elsewhere, Exmouth Amateurs surprisingly failed to raise a team for the trip to Elmore who will be awarded the points.

Newtown’s win sees the Honiton Town’s lead at the top cut to just three points.

Team          Pld   GD     Pts
Honiton      26    72     63
Newtown   25    38     60
Elmore       24    45     55

Remaining fixtures:
Honiton Town: H v Beer Albion (Saturday, April 22nd), H v Exmouth Amateurs (Saturday, April 29th).
Newtown: H v Feniton (Saturday, April 22nd), H v Bow AAC (Wednesday, April 26th), H v Beer Albion (Saturday, April 29th).
Elmore: A v Heavitree Utd (Saturday, April 22nd), H v Clyst Valley (Wednesday, April 26th), A v Bow AAC (Saturday, April 29th), H v Feniton (Wednesday, May 3rd).

Dave Carter
The local football scene was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Dave Carter on Wednesday evening.
Mr Carter had been a former goalkeeper for Hawkchurch United before turning to refereeing where he had officiated in both the Perry Street and Devon & Exeter leagues for several seasons.
A minute’s silence is likely to be observed at all games on Saturday.

Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman's/View From group of titles. Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.