00:00 on December 31, 2021
We’re halfway through an intriguing season in the North & East Division of the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon Football League, and it couldn’t be tighter at the top.
Exwick Villa entered the Christmas break as the league leader, but only on University of Exeter goal difference, and the students have a game in hand.
Despite being eight points behind the top two, Braunton will start 2022 with hopes that a clean run could see the North Devon side enter the title race.
The next group of pursuers is separated by a single point, with Alphington, Budleigh Salterton and the tight defense of Topsham Town all battling for supremacy. Topsham also has the game advantage in hand.
Feniton is seventh and has got off to a good start in life at this level. It was then a fight between Newtown, Liverton United, North Molton Sports Club and Exmouth Town Reserves.
While Clyst Valley is five points behind bottom, just converting some of the draws to wins could turn their season.
History in the South and West Division is not that close, but leaders Teignmouth will still need to maintain excellent form to protect the current four-point lead over an impressive Mount Gould, who is so far undefeated and has a match in hand.
Lakeside Athletic and Plymstock United are separated only by goal difference and lead the chase pack with the middle section of the table looking incredibly close.
Bere Alston United, Plympton Athletic and Paignton Saints are the middle teams but that doesn’t say the whole thing as Bere Alston has a number of games on hand.
The youngsters from Plymouth Argyle Development have performed well in the first half of the season and hold a four-point advantage over the ninth-placed Buckland Athletic Reserves.
Local rivals Ipplepen Athletic and Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves occupy places 10 and 11, while English Riviera duo of Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police Reserves and Watcombe Wanderers both showed enough promise to move away from the bottom spots.