Stover started their 2018 South Devon League campaign with a narrow 4.5 - 2.5 defeat away to near neighbours Dainton.

Despite the long wet winter, the course was in good condition and proved a fair test of golf for both sides. 

First out for Stover was Craig Lamble and debutant Simon Gaskin. Dainton raced in to an early lead but the Stover pair then turned it around to be three up through 14. However, Dainton rallied to halve the match up 18.

The hosts were too strong in games two and three, extending the match score to 2.5 - 0.5.

There was plenty of putting yardage holed in the fourth game as the Dainton pair got the better of Stover young guns Ryan Wheeler and Dan Hall. 

Stover co-captain Andy Rich and partner Chris Greenberry were victorious over Steve Henson and Matt Kneebone.

In a high quality match it was a birdie on the 16th which finally sealed victory.

Mike Copperwhite and Rob Batten of Stover produced a great display to get the better of Dainton pair Hayden Priscott and James Carson.

The 12th hole was halved in birdies by Priscott and Batten before Copperwhite holed crucial putts on 14 and 15 to steer the Stover pair to victory.

With the score standing at 3 to 2.5 in Dainton’s favour all eyes were on the last game.

Stover’s Sam Dunn just saw his putt slide past the hole on the final hole as Nathan Brown and Josh Pullinger took the final point for Dainton.

Every point is valuable and despite defeat the 2.5 points for Stover could be valuable come September.

Next up for Stover is a home match against Teignmouth on May 5.