Look ahead to the A Division programme on Saturday
HATHERLEIGH skipper Mark Lake says there will be no room for error away to Cornwood on Saturday.
Lake takes the side to Oak Park on a high after their 51-run win over newly promoted Ivybridge.
Cornwood, who were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of last season, will be a tougher proposition.
“Cornwood is always a hard place to go and they will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Sandford,” said Lake.
“Our lads are confident and I am looking for another good performance and a positive result.
“We had two close games against them two seasons ago when they went up so I expect another close encounter.”
Cornwood are provisionally unchanged from the side beaten at Sandford. However, if Zimbabwen batter Allen Magombedze arrives in time a slot will be found for him.
ALSO unchanged are Plympton, who have a derby date at Ivybridge.
The Bridge didn’t get the start they wanted at Hatherleigh, not that Plympton skipper Craig Donohue paid much attention.
“Ivybridge have shown they have got some good players and as a side we have always had competitive games against them,” said Donohue.
“We will need to play well to get a positive result, but something I am confident we can do.
“The lads are training really well and there seems to be a good buzz around the group.
“It really will be a team effort this year, and our strength in depth will be key.
“Fingers crossed the weather allows us to have a good game as there is nothing worse than when the weather plays a part.”
Kelvin Trent, the Ivybride captain, said his newly promoted side learned a lesson the hard way at Hatherleigh.
“We need to take our chances when we get them,” said Trent.
“We dropped couple of costly catches and our bad balls were punished more than they were last year.”
PLYMSTOCK will be looking for a bounce-back win against Chudleigh after they lost to Plympton.
The margin wasn’t great – 14 runs at a wet Harewood House – but that didn’t satisfy skipper Scott Mansfield.
“Simply... we must improve in all departments from last week’s defeat to Plympton,” said Mansfield.
Missing are Seb Jordan (work) while Rob Cunningham and Tom Mitch drop down to the 2nd XI.
In come Ian Whalley, mike Blackmore and ex-Chudleigh seamer Matt Ball, who will make his debut against his former club.
BUDLEIGH Salterton have some lost ground to make up when they host Sandford.
Although Budleigh defeated Brixham last Saturday they have been hit with a 10-point penalty for a registration breech.
Two players were not re-registered for the season so Budleigh have been hit with five points for each one.
Brixham have also asked the question of league officials whether the result should actually stand?
Those are Budleigh’s headaches, not Sandford or their captain Richard Foan.
Foan is just looking forward to crossing swords with his former Sandford and Devon team-mate Trevor Anning, the new Budleigh captain.
|I am looking forward to coming up against Trev,” said Foan.
Tom Williams is unavailable so Ben Clement comes after making runs in the 2nd XI last week.”
Budleigh have promotion aspirations this season and Foan sees the game as a test of Sandford’s aspirations.
“It is a big test for us and will show how close we are to the top teams in the division,” said Foan.
“Our confidence should be high but we have to learn from the things we didn't do well last weekend.”
ELSEWHERE in the A Division Lewdown visit Brixham.