Mawdsley back after injury for Torquay

TORQUAY, at home to Cornwood, aren’t dwelling on their defeat at Sidmouth.

Skipper Justin Yau is looking at the positives rather than the negatives and has another game in mind.

“We are looking forward to being back at home after our last performance there againt Exmouth,” said Yau.

Cornwood are struggling to get out of the bottom two but with wins over North Devon and Exeter can’t be underestimated.

“Cornwood have beaten two very good sides, which suggests they are competitive and can't be taken lightly,” said Yau.

“We look forward to the challenge and hopefully can produce a positive result which can propel us back up the table.”

Spinner Matt Petherbridge and opening bat Reid Mawdsley come back into a strengthened side.Reid Mawdsley - back for Torquay

Cornwood and Brixham were almost untouchable in the A Division last season, but both have found the step up hard.

Elliot Staddon, the Cornwood captain, said he would be worried if his team were being outclassed in all departments every week.

“I think this first half of the season has been a big learning curve for a lot of the players including myself,” said Staddon.

“We have realisd the gulf in standard from the A Division, but we feel we aren't out of our depth by any means.

“Some of the mistakes we have made in letting a couple games slip we are keen to put right in this second half of the season.

“With the points margin between ourselves and the teams close to us in the table being slim it’s something where a couple of wins can soon change things around.

“We performed well last weekend and we are looking forward to building on that at Torquay.

Shazad Ahmad comes in for Ryan Rickard, who is away on holiday.

EXMOUTH skipper Richard Baggs has wished Trevor Anning a fond farewell after losing the all-rounder to A Division neighbours Budleigh Salterton.

Baggs and Anning have played together since 2004, firstly with Sandford and since 2008 at the Maer.

Said Baggs: “Trev feels there is more opportunity for him to bat and bowl some off-spin at Budleigh.

“It is a shame to see him go, but I understand his reasons and wish him all the best.”

Bags missed the win over Bovey Tracey last Saturday as he was holidaying in Ibiza. He returns to the side along with Dan Pyle.

Exmouth are away to North Devon tomorrow in the last game before the turnaround.

The North Devon team is stronger than the one beaten at Cornwood last Saturday, but they are still struggling with injuries and unavailability.

Skipper Barney Huxtable and Ed Yeo come back into the side, but overseas pro Kyle Verreynne isn’t sure his broken finger has healed enough for him to play.

North Devon are 30 points off the pace in the table, not that Huxtable is too concerned.

“I feel the league is wide open, even more so than it was last year,” said Huxtable.

“We have made it difficult for ourselves to be contenders for the title, but by no means will we be giving up.”

PLYMOUTH will be without holidaying skipper Hamish Gardiner against Brixham so Dave Burke will lead the side in his absence.