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Thorverton face crucial match against Ammies

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

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THORVERTON had Beer Albion to thank for keeping them off the bottom of the Premier Division last Saturday.

Only two matches in the entire league survived the wet weather at the weekend, neither of which involved Mid Devon teams.

However, Beer faced basement boys Exmouth Amateurs and kept them rooted to the bottom as they scored twice late on to secure a 4-3 victory.

Adam Wakley netted the winning goal for Beer after Chris Long equalised from the penalty spot. James Melville had earlier scored their first two goals, with Craig Higham, Jamie Williams and Billy Gibson on target for the Ammies.

That means Thorverton go into this weekend's huge match against the Ammies needing at least a draw to stay put two points clear of their rivals.

Defeat would plunge Thorverton below the East Devon outfit, something manager Wayne Radford said would be the worst possible outcome if the Raddon Road side have any ambition of staying up.

Willand Rovers are also battling the drop and host Premier Division leaders Hatherleigh Town, a side beaten just once this season, this weekend. Rovers manager Rob Buxton feels his team can cause an upset, but it is a big ask.

Morchard Bishop are at Newtown, one of their rivals in the title race, and a good result there would boost confidence enormously. Morchard manager Steve Rice feels there is more to come from his team, and it could be ignited if they do well at the Exeter team's Newton St Cyres base.

In Division One, three Mid Devon teams have promotion aspirations in the form of Tiverton Town, Witheridge and Bow AAC.

Bow manager Gavin Coles is hoping to repeat the Devon Senior Cup and East Devon Senior Cup triumphs of last season, but their main aim is to win Division One and get promoted. That will depend on whether they can find a ground of Premier Division standard that they can share, but the first aim is to get the job done. The new year starts with a trip to leaders Chard Town.

Witheridge begin the new year with a crucial game at second-placed Sidbury United. Withy tend to run hot and cold, but manager Darryl Hancock has faith in his troops and victory at Sidbury would be a massive bonus.

Tiverton Town's main target is a top-three slot and promotion. The Yellows are at Colyton this weekend, which on paper is an away banker.

Culm United and Cullompton Rangers are at the other end of the table and scrapping for safety. Culm, who are at Alphington this Saturday, badly need a good run, while Rangers would be glad to get a game under their belts as they have only managed six in the league so far. Cully are due at Tipton St John this weekend.

The only other match to survive last Saturday's wet weather saw Newtown lose their Division Four match 5-1 to Okehampton Argyle.

Newtown were 1-0 after an hour thanks to Ben Howard's goal, but a penalty from Dan Leany was the turning point as Luke Alden (2), Dale Chadwick and Dave Smith went on to score and earn Argyle a much-needed three points to lift them off the bottom of the table.

Newly-appointed fixtures secretary Chris Cole is not anticipating a major problem getting postponed games re-arranged, so long as there are not too many postponed matches in the new year.

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