Savva hoping new blood will help Tots gain three more Cred points
TOTNES and Dartington boss Sav Savva said the introduction of new blood to his side has helped to end their recent slump.
But he admitted the players would need to maintain their workrate if they are to complete a quickfire double over Crediton United on Saturday (3pm).
Tots beat Crediton 5-1 at their Foxhole Sports Ground last weekend, in a game which saw debuts for full back Chris Newton and striker Danny Scatens-Feloy.
The new players – as well as the return of the influential Ben Bowhay – eased the loss of top scorer Jamie Chamberlain, who has joined Liverton United.
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Savva said that bolstering the squad had helped his side lift themselves after a recent run of defeats which has seen them drop to 12th in Division One East.
"Danny was involved in most of the good things that happened, and Chris was very solid," he said.
"It's helped having a bigger squad – we had three subs on the bench last weekend, and they were guys that have been regular first-teamers.
"It makes it easier for me when there's competition in the squad.
"We've been scratching around for players recently, so the fact that we could drop three regulars is a good sign of the strength of the squad."
A hat-trick for John Rimmer, plus further strikes from Bowhay and Tom Comyn, helped Totnes end their four-match losing run.
As for this Saturday's clash, which is at Crediton, Savva said he was expecting nothing less than all three points.
"We've got to do it again," he added. "No disrespect to Crediton, as I would expect a tougher game this weekend, but if we play with the same commitment and effort again I will expect the same result.
"I just hope the game goes ahead as if we get much more rain it could be off – their pitch holds water."
TEIGNMOUTH are hoping to continue their upturn in form when they travel to Axminster Town on Saturday (2.15pm).
Teigns won their Devon Premier Cup third round tie 4-2 at Holsworthy last Saturday, having ended their winless run with a 3-0 win over Alphington on November 17.
NEWTON Abbot Spurs host Appledore at The Rec on Saturday (2.15pm) still smarting from their Devon Premier Cup exit against Exmouth Town last weekend.
Paul Dyson's men lost 2-0 at the King George V ground last weekend.
GALMPTON UNITED take on Sidmouth at their War Memorial Ground on Saturday (2.15pm) after an enforced three-week break.
While the entire league programme was wiped out on Saturday, November 24, the greens were already out of the Devon Premier Cup, which engaged many other Division One East sides last weekend.
STOKE GABRIEL are without a fixture this weekend but will relish a day off after beating Appledore 3-1 in the Devon Premier Cup third round last weekend.
After a goalless first half, the visitors seemed to find their shooting boots at the break and took the lead two minutes into the second half after Seth Hodorowski's shot was fumbled by Grant Fisher, only for Nick Gover to tap in the rebound.
Stoke levelled two minutes later when Mark Newbould's corner was adjudged to have been handled in the box. Newbould himself stepped up to smash the ball into the bottom corner.
The hosts took the lead on 68 minutes when Richard Farkins poked home from close range, and victory was secured by a trademark header from player-manager Gary Fisher.
BOVEY Tracey are still due their first win under caretaker manager Ryan German – and will be hoping to gain it when they travel to Witheridge on Saturday (3pm).
The Moorlanders were beaten 5-1 at home to Tavistock last Saturday – in their first outing under former Elmore manager German – on a pitch still recovering from being under water the previous weekend.
Meanwhile, Liverton United are without a game this weekend, but faced Torquay United in the Devon FA St Luke's Bowl at Devon County FA's Coach Road ground on Tuesday – more details on Page 121.
Additional reporting courtesy of Tom Besford