THE South Devon Football League saw more midweek matches as teams catch up with their fixtures.

Division One’s Newton Abbot Spurs dropped points in their quest for Premier League at the hands of Totnes and Dartington. The result leaves Spurs 12 points off the top of the league with three games in hand. 

Buckland Athletic moved into mid-table with a 4-0 win against Upton Athletic at Holmers Heath.

Ilsington Villa took another step towards being crowned Premier League champions with a 4-1 win against relegation-haunted Chudleigh Athletic.

Buckfastleigh Rangers also had a good win over Newton Abbot 66, who are probably in cup mode with two semi-finals to look forward to – 4-3 was the final score.

At the top of Division Two, Bovey Tracey moved into second with a 4-0 win over East Allington United 2nds. They are now just two points off pole position with three games in hand and remain the only unbeaten team in all five divisions.

South Devon League football. Belli Cup action from Chudleigh Athletic versus Morley Rangers. A comprehensive 5-0 win for Chudleigh
Chudleigh Athletic and Morley Rangers players put their bodies on the line for the Belli Cup. (Steve Pope/MDA)

All eyes were on Division Four’s Les Bishop Cup final between Chudleigh Athletic Reserves and local rivals Liverton United Reserves.

Chudleigh took three minutes to take control and went on to win 4-1.

Ilsington took another step towards becoming champions with a hard-fought 4-2 win at East Allington. The Moorlanders need seven points from five games to be crowned champions. Next up for them is the small matter of a Herald Cup semi-final.

The other standout result was in the Herald Cup quarter-final at Broadpark, where Division One promotion hopefuls Newton Spurs not only took the reigning champions Kingsteignton Athletic to extra time, they managed to outwit them in the penalty shootout to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against local rivals Newton Abbot ’66.

In the Belli Cup Chudleigh upset the form book with a 5-0 win against Morley Rangers to set up a semi-final at Elburton Villa.

South Devon League football. Belli Cup action from Chudleigh Athletic versus Morley Rangers. A comprehensive 5-0 win for Chudleigh
An aerial battle for possession. (Steve Pope/MDA)

There is a new leader in Division Two; Bovey Tracey huffed and puffed to a 2-0 win over an improving Ipplepen Athletic, and they will take some knocking off the top with games in hand.

The top seven teams in Division Three could still get promoted. Despite losing 4-1 to Liverton, Watcombe Wanderers still lead the pack but the lead is reduced to three points. 

Kingsbridge and Kellaton, who have not won a game this season, suffered a 1-0 loss to Newton Abbot ’66 Reserves to relegate them to Division Four next season.

In the Division Three league cup, Stoke Gabriel secured their place in the final with a 3-2 win against a South Brent team that seems to have lost its wheels in the last two weeks but remain promotion contenders.