1:15 p.m. May 5, 2022
As the dust begins to settle on another thrilling roller coaster that is the football season, clubs across the South West can reflect on an exceptionally successful campaign.
On a professional level, Exeter City are making headlines after securing promotion to the Sky Bet League One. A 2-1 win over Barrow on a tense night at St James Park confirmed the Greeks will play in the third tier.
It’s a magnificent achievement for the fan-owned club, as club chairman Julian Tagg described it: “From the coach to the staff and the people in the boardroom, but above all the players and the fans. , they know what it’s about, they know what the club is about.”
Exeter will now renew their old rivalry with Plymouth Argyle in the League after the Pilgrims narrowly missed the play-offs with a final day loss to MK Dons. Despite this disappointment, Argyle performed brilliantly all season and came within a whisker of beating European champions Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Torquay United will be playing National League football again next year as they narrowly fail in a late push for the play-offs.
Coming down the pyramid, Taunton Town were crowned champions of the Southern League Premier Division after a dominating campaign.
In the Southern League’s Division One South, Plymouth Parkway continued their astonishing rise through the footballing ranks by winning the title, finishing three points above Frome Town.
Parkway has been a great success in recent years and will no doubt compete well in the Premier Division. Willand Rovers and Bideford will remain in Division One South next season, but there was a disappointment for Barnstaple Town, who finished bottom.
The Toolstation Western Premier League has arguably provided home fans with the most exciting finish of all. At the start of the last fortnight, it was a straight shootout between Tavistock, Exmouth Town and Cornish club Mousehole.
As Mousehole slipped to third, Exmouth beat Tavistock in the penultimate game but were then held to a draw on the final day, allowing Tavvy to clinch the title by two points.