TEIGNMOUTH manager Geoff Breslan does not believe his side’s top-of-the-table clash with leaders Galmpton United will decide the title race.
The second-placed Teigns trail Galmpton by seven points with three games in hand, but Breslan says he would still rather be in the leaders’ shoes.
“As games go it is a fairly big one obviously,” he said. “But I do not believe you can start saying that whoever wins is going to win the league and whoever loses is out of the title race.
“Both of us still have to play Stoke Gabriel and we have to go away to Budleigh, so with 10 games to go a lot can happen.
“Being honest, I would much rather be in Galmpton’s position – I would rather have those points on the board. As helpful as games in hand are, I’d always rather have the points.
“We have games against the likes of Sidmouth and Budleigh to make up the difference, and they are not going to be easy.”
Teignmouth lost their Throgmorton Cup quarter-final tie last weekend in a 3-2 defeat at Godolphin United, despite goals from Scott Telford and Sam Chapman.
Exwick Villa manager Danny Burwood hopes a derby victory over Alphington on Saturday will re-ignite his side’s title charge.
Villa drew 1-1 at Totnes & Dartington last time out for a third stalemate in as many league games, despite Matt Byrne’s opener.
The Alphas lost 4-0 at home to Newton Abbot Spurs, and Burwood admits it is hard to know what to expect of their rivals.
“A win on Saturday could have been important for us,” he said. “Alphington have impressed me this season. I watched them earlier on and I thought they looked poor compared to previous seasons but they have picked up a lot since then and have climbed.
“They lost at the weekend and we know they are quite an up-and-down side but that is not being negative about them – we know they will be difficult.”
Crediton United joint-player manager Matt Trenaman admits he must keep criticisms of his side in perspective following their dramatic improvement from last season.
The 2012/13 campaign saw Kirton finish bottom with 16 points from 30 games and a -66 goal difference, while they already have 28 points from 23 games this time round.
Their 1-0 loss at Okehampton Argyle saw Trenaman urge his side to be more efficient, but he admits they have already made huge strides this season.
“We have to learn to kill teams off when we are playing well or at least pick up a draw,” he said ahead of Saturday’s home game with Axminster Town.
“It is disappointing but I suppose we can’t be too critical because last season we finished bottom, so we have come on a long way.
“We have to try and keep things in perspective. It is a completely new side that we have put together in the summer and we’re still improving.”
Goals from Ben Vine (2), Joel Seward, Ben Turner and two own goals gave Axminster a 7-1 win at Liverton United.
Okehampton visit Plymstock United, Exeter University host Stoke Gabriel, and Sidmouth Town welcome Liverton.
The Vikings lost 5-1 at home to Galmpton on Saturday, despite Andy Isaacs’ goal.
Budleigh Salterton host Appledore after a 5-2 beating at Stoke Gabriel, with Mark Lever and Danny Williams scoring.