Sidmouth sport round up with Mike Dibble

7:00 PM April 23, 2022

Mike Dibble, retired estate agent and avid sports fan, writes for the Herald about his passion for East Devon.

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This week I’m afraid this column is going to be dominated by local sport and property news. I really must get out more.

This is what happens when the roadworks have been completed and I haven’t done many walks.

Last weekend saw a full calendar of sport which began on Good Friday with Exeter City beating Colchester United by 2-0 at St James Park to further their chances of promotion to League One.

It was as comfortable a win as you could wish for with Colchester having very few chances and Exeter dominating play for most of the match.

The attendance was just over 7,500. On Monday City played away at Tranmere Rovers and lost 2-0 but remain in second place in the league table.

This Saturday City are at home again against Rochdale and next Tuesday there is another home game against Barrow. If they win both games they will be very close to sealing promotion.

On the rugby front Sidmouth have their final game of the season this Saturday as they entertain Keynsham.

The league structure is apparently changing next season which will see more local trips and no trips north of Bristol. Exeter Chiefs were beaten 26-10 by Munster to end their European campaign.

This coming Sunday they have a tough league away fixture at Saracens. Kick off is at 3pm.

On the cricketing front Sidmouth began their season with a comprehensive 8 wicket friendly win against Paignton. In front of a good crowd it was lovely to see a number of the younger players shine.

On Sunday they were victorious against Sidbury. On the county scene Somerset were defeated in an extraordinary game against Essex eventually losing by one wicket.

England seam bowler Craig Overton finished the game with 13 wickets and still ended up on the losing side. Another anomaly was the fact that front line England spinner Jack Leach did not bowl a single ball in the whole match.

On the property front, at the time of writing, no sales from 2022 have come up on the Land Registry website. We can only see sale agreed properties for this year.

£ 1m plus properties in Laskeys Lane, Boughmore Road and Salcombe Road have all gone under offer in the past few weeks.

Two cliff top properties in Cliff Road have recently come onto the market as has a three-bedroom detached house in Meadway.

For buyers seeking a retirement apartment there is a good selection currently available.

I read the article from Vincent Page in last week’s paper with great interest.

If you didn’t read it he was discussing shop opening hours and whether it would be beneficial for some shops to stay open for longer in the Summer.

Personally I can’t see the foot traffic justifying it apart from possibly a few weeks in July and August.

This is a decision for each individual business owner but I’d be surprised to see many shops open after 5pm. For business owners and employees it’s all about striking the right work and home life balance.

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at The East Devon Luncheon Club.

I spoke about my career in estate agency which brought back a lot of memories as I researched it.

One story I recounted was an experience I had when I was working in Honiton in the 1980s. I took a gentleman to view a farmhouse at Luppitt.

I had only just started the viewing when a police car pulled into the courtyard.

Out got two police officers who promptly arrested the applicant, handcuffed him and took him away.

I subsequently found out he was on a wanted list for burglary and the police had been tipped off by another estate agent who recognized him from a wanted poster.

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