BUCKLAND Athletic and Bovey Tracey both picked up points on bank holiday Monday to help their respective causes at the top and bottom of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

Leaders Buckland edged closer to the title by thrashing Elburton Villa 5-0 to claim their 15th successive league victory.

A double from Shane Gill helped the Bucks – who were nine points clear of the chasing pack ahead of the midweek fixtures – on their way, with an own goal and strikes from Danny Gaze and Simon Revell completing the rout.

Bovey halted a run of four straight defeats by taking a point in a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Wadebridge Town.

Buckland and Bovey had been set to meet each other on Good Friday but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Western Counties Roofing Ground. It has been rearranged for Monday, April 19.

Teignmouth's Division One East fixture against Totnes & Dartington also fell foul of the weather. A new date of May 6 has been set.

The pitch at Halford survived the wet conditions, though, as Liverton United beat Teignbridge rivals Newton Abbot Spurs 3-1.

That good work was undone on Monday, however, as Liverton lost 2-0 at home to the Royal Marines. The Lilies are now nine points off the pace.

Spurs bounced back from their defeat to Liverton with a 3-1 victory over Teignmouth (report on page 78) in another Easter local derby.

The Teigns were set to travel to Exeter Civil Service on Wednesday.


Tomorrow – Premier Division: Bovey Tracey v Saltash United. Division One East: Alphington v Newton Abbot Spurs; Budleigh Salterton v Liverton United; Exmouth Town v Teignmouth.

Monday – Division One East: Crediton United v Teignmouth.

Tuesday – Premier Division: Wadebridge Town v Bovey Tracey; Saltash United v Buckland Athletic.

Wednesday – Division One East: Newton Abbot Spurs v Exmouth Town; Bickleigh v Teignmouth.THIS AND OTHER SPORT STORIES IN OUR ONLINE EDITION