Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Fresha Devon and Exeter League season has been hit by the weather to such a degree this season that, with well over half the season played, just 20 of the 129 teams playing across the nine divisions have completed half their season’s matches.
The Premier Division, with Exmouth Amateurs, Budleigh Salterton Reserves and Topsham Town involved, is the best of the nine divisions in terms of games completed with the 16-strong section having seven of it’s teams complete at least half their games.
In Division One where East Budleigh have played 10 of their 26 matches, just two sides have played half their matches and one, Cullompton Rangers Reserves, have only managed to complete six games and so have 20 still to play!
In Division Three where Lympstone ply their trade having played 13 of their 28 games, not a single team has completed half its programme.
The same applies to Division Five where Topsham Town Thirds play, and also in Division Eight where Woodbury Reserves have so far managed to play just nine games, leaving them to squeeze another 19 matches into the remaining 15 weeks of the season.
That does not remain too much of a problem just yet.
However, if a cold snap sticks around, or indeed the rains continue to hamper the schedule then some of our local sides could find themselves playing a lot of games in the closing months of the campaign.