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Rice concerned a lack of games will affect players' fitness levels

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

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MID Devon clubs are getting pretty fed up with the wet weather and subsequent lack of action and leading the grumbles is Morchard Bishop boss Steve Rice.

Rice thinks that fitness levels may have suffered a bit with the host of postponements in recent weeks, but hopes his players can pick up their good form, which has them handily placed in the Premier Division.

However, with a small squad, Rice would be happy with a top-six finish as there are some good teams fighting over the title and they have better resources.

Morchard had to postpone last Saturday's visit from Topsham Town and are due to host a Beer Albion side which has been getting some action.

Willand Rovers had their match rained off at Exmouth Amateurs and they now face an interesting game this weekend against unbeaten Feniton.

Rovers have already crashed heavily to the free-scoring Fenny side, so it will be on their mind for revenge and of course points to clamber away from the danger zone.

Thorverton boss Wayne Radford is hoping the new year will bring a bigger sense of urgency for his team who are really in relegation danger. The Thors have a date at fellow strugglers Clyst Valley this Saturday and it is the proverbial six-pointer for both teams.

Two Premier Division games did survive the downpour. Defending champions St Martins had to dig deep to win 4-2 at Beer Albion, a week after the pair shared a 2-2 draw.

Second-placed Feniton beat Budleigh Salterton 7-2 after coming from a goal down. The victory puts Feniton three points adrift of league leaders Hatherleigh Town.

Elsewhere just three other matches in the Devon & Exeter League survived the wet weather, with 56 league and cup ties being rained off.

Among the casualties were both Devon Intermediate Cup area semi-finals at Otterton and Sampford Peverell, which have been rescheduled for this Saturday.

In Division Three, Lympstone beat bottom-of-the-table Sandford 1-0. Andy Lowe was the Lympets' scorer, but the home team's other efforts were stopped by some great goalkeeping. Lympstone claim they peppered the Sandford goal and the scoreline was little indication of their dominance.

Woodbury managed to stage their Division Four game against Exmouth Town at the Royal Marine camp at Lympstone, and it paid off with a thrilling 6-4 success. Woodbury's success came despite having Craig Leaman sent off during the first half and trailing 3-2 at the break.

Rich Hill hit a hat-trick in the second half to transform the game. Richie Ralph and a Kev Pitt penalty accounted for Woodbury's first half goals, with substitute Declan Bourne also scoring after the break.

Lapford won 3-2 at Countess Wear Dynamoes after coming from behind twice. It was a massive win for Lapford against their top-three hosts, whose goals came from an Aaron Libretto penalty and Damian Densham. Martin Leach and Ed Quick scored for Lapford before a Harry Leach penalty in the 85th minute won it.

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