Devon clubs enjoy successful league seasons

15 Apr 2019 11:54 | Sara Raine

IT has been a successful season for Devon teams in the South West leagues.

Barnstaple finished second in the South West Premier behind champions Bournemouth and so will play in the promotion play-offs on Saturday, April 27. They will visit Westcliff with the hope of making an instant return to National Two South. However, before that Barnstaple have the Devon Cup final to play against Exmouth.

Okehampton will be playing in the South West Premier next term after they beat Devonport Services 41-7 on Saturday to wrap up the South West One title just ahead of Launceston. Okehampton will be looking for a league and cup double this weekend when they play Services again in the Devon Senior Shield final.

Sidmouth will be moving to South West One after they won the Western Counties West title in a thrilling battle with Crediton and Wellington. All three clubs went into their final matches knowing they could still finish top, but Sidmouth’s 40-11 victory at Saltash was enough for them to claim the crown and automatic promotion.

Crediton took runners-up spot, two points below Sidmouth and just one ahead of Wellington, after they beat Wadebridge 38-26 on Saturday. They will now visit Midsomer Norton in the promotion play-offs on April 17.  Before that they will play Sidmouth in the final of the Devon Intermediate Cup.

Honiton, who this coming weekend with play Portsmouth in the semi-finals of the National Senior Vase, have won promotion to Western Counties West after finishing as runners-up to Penryn in the Cornwall/Devon League. Just three points separated the two teams at the end of the season. They will play Plymstock Albion Oaks in the Devon Intermediate Shield final on April 27.

North Tawton won Devon One ahead of Exeter Athletic, who will host Newquay in the play-offs on April 27. North Tawton and Exeter Athletic will meet this coming Saturday in the final of the Devon Junior Cup at Taw Meadow.