It was another weekend of football largely ruined by the weather in the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon Football League but the games that did go ahead produced some tremendous entertainment and confident victories for two Paignton clubs.
There was one game played in the McDonalds League Cup and a fine display from Paignton Villa, as they defeated Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves 4-1 at the impressive South Devon College Sports facility. Chris Srdinko scored twice for Villa and there were also goals from Liam McAuley and captain Tom Parvin.
In the solitary game played in the North & East Division, Heavitree came from behind at Budleigh Salterton to record an excellent 3-1 victory. Darren Everest scored from an early penalty and Budleigh deservedly held their advantage until the half-time interval.
Gradually, the visitors from Heavitree began to exert their attacking strength on the game and finally drew level on 65 minutes with a calm finish from Jake Ranger. Budleigh responded by creating two chances of their own but were denied by the visiting custodian.
Heavitree grabbed the decisive third goal with just seven minutes remaining, when Harry Slack converted a left-wing cross. Budleigh had no choice but to throw everything at their visitors but were hit on the counter by a goal from substitute Jay Boyle.
In the two fixtures played in the South & West Division, there was a derby victory for Paignton Saints and an entertaining draw at Lakeside Athletic. The Saints ran out 4-1 winners at home to local rivals Roselands, thanks to a brace from Jamie Hodges and further goals by Sam Winstanley and Josh Pagett.
Lakeside pulled off a terrific fightback to draw 2-2 at home to Totnes & Dartington, recovering from a 2-0 deficit at the break to earn a point with goals from Owen Pritchard and Tyler Wotton. Lakeside are back in action on Wednesday night in the one DFL midweek fixture, when they travel to Tavistock Reserves.