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Monday 5th May 2014 ko 11.00

South West Peninsula League Division One East

EXWICK VILLA 3 (Harris 23 Taylor 69 Chalke 71)

EXETER UNIVERSITY 5 (Bouwers 29 Hale 39 Blenkinsop 45 Jones 89 Yates 90)

Att 51

Entry & Programme £3.50

Badge £2

Tea 70p

For such a popular league with groundhoppers, League Secretary Phil Hiscox did ask me to stop telling people what a top bloke he is. “Tell ’em I’m a miserable so-and-so,” he said, whilst gaining the line-ups for the gaggle of hoppers that made up the vast majority of the attendance. Phil, my friend I think you rather were foisted by your own petard there! And you and I both know how popular the Easter Hop will be in 2016. Still while Phil was helping me out with the line-ups it did allow me to explore a little.

The Exwick Sports Hub used to be the Exeter Civil Service Sports Ground. The ground was sold off, and bought by the local community. The club’s name was changed to reflect this, and major changes are taking place, to make the place fit for the 21st century. The clubhouse was demolished, and while the new building is being built two Portakabins are being used as changing rooms. This created a problem when Phil turned up at the start of the season to do the ground grading and asked where the referee was to change? The answer of “With the players,” was not acceptable, so with little or no budget left the club bought a caravan from a car auction for £250 and plumbed in a shower. Its not exactly what the FA would regard as ideal, but referee Richard Worth loved it!

The game was typical end-of-season fayre with the visitors naming only one substitute, and judging by their bench, he didn’t turn up as they took control of the game and deservedly led 3-1 at the break. Maybe they lost concentration during the break, but Exwick came back strongly to tie the game up with 20 minutes left. From there I thought that they’d go on to win but University managed to turn back the tide and won the game with two late goals.

From there it was a separation of the ways for the spectators. Phil headed off for a presentation at Sidmouth Town, and many others went to see Axminster Town’s temporary ground. Me? I had something slightly more odd in mind….