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Crediton face crunch relegation match

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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CREDITON can't afford to take a backward step this Saturday when they face Liskeard-Looe at Blagdon in a real relegation battle.

Having not played last Saturday in the Cornwall & Devon Division, results elsewhere have left Crediton just two points clear of the drop zone.

"Two weeks ago we were 11 points clear of Liskeard, then it was four, now it is two," said Crediton official Paul Harris.

"The way the table looks it will be Wessex going down with one other club. We don't want that to be us, but it could be us, Liskeard or Newquay, who have dropped within reach."

Teignmouth have been doing their homework on promotion rivals Tiverton as the race for promotion heats up.

While Teignmouth were winning 48-8 at Withycombe last time out, director of rugby Andy Crossman was spying on Tiverton in their game against St Ives. Tiverton are third in the table just two points behind St Ives in second and seven adrift of Teignmouth at the top.

Teignmouth entertain Tiverton on March 2.

"St Ives will say they were not at full strength, but even so they were well beaten for a side that's second in the table," said Crossman.

Teignmouth have more immediate business away to OPM this Saturday, a side they thumped by 50 points at Bitton Park back in September.

Withycombe, who are at home to St Ives this Saturday, have no complaints about their defeat by Teignmouth.

"They were the best side we have played all season, fit in the forwards and decent in the backs," said director of rugby Nigel Symons.

Tiverton boss Charlie Burt is still playing down promotion talk despite a 41-12 win over previously unbeaten St Ives.

Tiverton don't play again until they go to Teignmouth in two weeks time in another top-of-the-table clash.

Burt said the picture may be clearer by then, although he isn't getting carried away.

"I have said all along we don't consider ourselves a promotion side, not that we would turn it down if it came along," he said.

Wessex are at home to Pirates Amateurs in a re-arranged game. They lost 31-5 against Saltash last Saturday.

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