Tots have nothing to lose in trip to unbeaten leaders
TOTNES and Dartington boss Sav Savva said his side have everything to gain when they travel to runaway leaders Exmouth Town on Saturday (3pm).
Savva's side won 4-1 at home to Alphington last Saturday to put themselves closer to mid-table than the basement. But they won't be expecting another points haul this weekend.
Exmouth are unbeaten this season, and have won 16 of their 18 league games in Division One East in a bid to get promoted.
Exmouth have also already won comfortably in meetings between the teams this season.
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Totnes were beaten 5-1 by Exmouth in the Devon Premier Cup second round back in November, and then went down 4-0 in the league meeting at the Foxhole Sports Ground in January.
Savva said: "The first game we played against them we didn't have a very good squad and they outclassed us, but when we played them at home, I felt like we matched them for long periods.
"But if we can get a point this weekend then I will be happy."
He added: "We're not playing for nothing, we're playing for pride, but there's no pressure on us so the players can go out and enjoy themselves.
"Hopefully we go out there and make them work hard and if we can get something out of it then it will be a bonus."
Savva was also modest enough to admit that last Saturday's scoreline flattered his side.
Liam Collings put them ahead from a Charlie Baxendale cross before Alphas equalised soon after.
In the second half, John Rimmer was brought down in the box and got up to convert it himself for 2-1 before combining with Baxendale to set up Collings for a second.
Substitutes Dave Barwick and Mark Titchard then produced the fourth goal, which was finished by Titchard for 4-1.
Savva said: "It was a hard battle – the scoreline in the end flattered us as they were a decent side, but we limited our mistakes and took our chances."
GALMPTON United are looking to build on the success of another nerve-shredding win when they host Exeter Civil on Saturday (3pm).
The greens beat Okehampton 4-3 away last weekend, ending a run of four defeats. The tie was level at 1-1 after 81 minutes, after goals from Alex Bayliss for Galmpton, and an equaliser from Dale Chadwick.
John Wiseman then started the goal flurry before Galmpton hit back through Bayliss and Kev Wiltshire. There was still time for Bayliss to complete his hat-trick, and Okehampton's Chadwick to narrow the lead.
STOKE Gabriel need nothing less than a win when they travel to Okehampton Argyle on Saturday (3pm), having dropped valuable points last weekend.
The Railwaymen drew 2-2 with Appledore at the GJ Churchward Memorial Ground last Saturday, Ben Towler and Mark Newbould both scoring in the last 10 minutes to rescue a point.
But with the league releasing their list of promotion applicants, it looks increasingly likely that they will have to overhaul Exmouth Town at the top to win a place in the Premier Division next season – as Exmouth have also applied to go up.
NEWTON Abbot Spurs will be out to reclaim second place when they travel to Crediton United on Saturday (3pm).
Spurs were leapfrogged as a result of their blank weekend last Saturday, but have two games in hand on Budleigh Salterton above them.
TEIGNMOUTH can complete the double over Sidmouth when they meet for the second time in eight days on Saturday (3pm).
Teigns won 3-1 in the reverse fixture last Saturday, with goals through Sam Chapman, Jamie Bowen and Steve Mardell. They were due to face leaders Exmouth Town on Wednesday night.