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Another chance for Saltash to take over at top

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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SALTASH United have another opportunity to take over at the top of the premier division on Saturday when they are at home to lowly Morwenstow while leaders Torpoint face another blank afternoon.

Torpoint and Saltash are currently level on points at the top of the table, but Torpoint have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

Saltash will be looking to continue the form that saw them win 5-0 at Liskeard in their last game and wipe away the disappointment of a 3-1 defeat by Millbrook in their previous home game.

With third placed Plymouth Parkway in cup action and Callington without a game, Saltash are the only one of the top four teams with a league match on Saturday.

Morwenstow are one of three teams level on 13 points at the bottom of the table, but have a number of games in hand over Kilkhampton and St Teath, who remain below them on goal difference. It promises to be a real relegation scrap at the St Teath playing fields where the Saints could climb out of the bottom two if they can get the better of Kilkhampton to follow up their impressive 2-1 away win over Polperro in their last match.

St Dominick, only two points clear of the bottom three, are at home to Launceston while Polperro will be looking to keep the pressure on the leading teams if they can win at home to mid-table Elburton.

Millbrook were due to have been at home to Wadebridge but has now been postponed because Millbrook Reserves gave a delayed Cornwall Junior Cup East semi-final tie at home to Pensilva.

First division leaders Fowey are away to Bodmin while their main rivals Plymstock and Edgcumbe have interesting home clashes against Roche and Mevagissey respectively.

Fourth placed St Blazey, who are by no means out of the promotion running, are at home to St Stephens Borough.

Bottom club Nanpean are without a fixture, so the teams immediately above them will look to build some breathing space with Holsworthy at home to St Austell while Camelford host Lanreath.

The other first division game is at Broad Close where Bude are at home to Probus.

League Cup preview

THE quarter-final of the Roy Radford Division Cup between Roche and Plymstock United was one of the casualties last Saturday and that match will now take place on Saturday March 15 when Roche were due to visit Probus in a first division fixture.

Meanwhile, it is hoped to take another step towards completing the line-up for the quarter-finals of the Rowett Insurance League Cup this weekend when Plymouth Parkway and Bere Alston meet in the second round.

Although Parkway were drawn at home, they have agreed to switch the fixture to Bere Alston as their first team have a South West Peninsula game due to be played at Bolitho Park.

"Thanks are due to Parkway for conceding home advantage to make this fixture possible," says Mike Murray, the league's fixtures secretary.

The winners of Saturday's match will be at home to the winners of the last second round tie between Torpoint and Wadebridge, which takes place on Saturday week.

It's a washout

THE prospect of a number of midweek evening games being needed to complete the East Cornwall Premier League programme is increasing with another complete washout for the league last Saturday.

It was the third blank weekend so far this year for the league, following similar wholesale postponements on January 4 and January 18.

Currently the league have completed 259 of their 450 league matches for the two divisions with a further 191 still to be played.

Most of the postponements have already been rescheduled by fixtures secretary Mike Murray, who has avoided including any league games on midweek evenings so far. However, there are still 29 matches to be arranged, a number of which could involve evening matches.

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