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Fixture backlog looming for busy Cockles

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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EXMOUTH fear a fixture pile up is heading their way as the prospects of playing at Amersham this Saturday look remote.

The Cockles had to postpone against Redingensians last Saturday, which means a re-run on February 2 – the day Exmouth were due to face Newton Abbot in the Devon Cup.

If Exmouth do not play this Saturday – Amersham's ground was carpeted with six inches of snow on Tuesday – a new date will have to be found.

"The cup game against Newton has been moved to February 23, but if us and Newton don't play this weekend it is going to get complicated," said director of rugby Chris Wright.

"Newton's next free date would be February 23, but we can't play Amersham then as they already have a replay against Chippenham.

"If it all goes wrong our game against Newton won't be played until March 16, which is the next free date for both of us.

"If we can all play this weekend it would be a big help, but from what the secretary is saying to us at Amersham I think that is most unlikely."

If Exmouth do travel, they will go without unavailable back-rower Jack Westlake.

Newton Abbot head for second-placed Weston looking to add another double to their collection.

Weston are fresh from 'winning' 31-13 at Barnstaple, although there may be an appeal against the result from the home side due to an error when uncontested scrums appear to have been allowed when they should not have been.

Roy Henderson, Newton's director of rugby, said he has plenty of respect for Weston but the All Whites do not fear them.

"When we played them earlier in the season at home we defeated Weston fairly comfortably," said Henderson.

"Weston are second in the table now and have clearly got better since the start of the season, but so have we. Anyone expecting us to go up there and lose could be disappointed.

"We have already done the league double home and away over Exmouth, another side above us in the table, and there is no reason why we can't do that again."

Newton's match-day squad will include former England Academy player Sam Jones, who was loaned to them last season by Exeter Chiefs.

Jones, a utility back used at outside centre by Newton, joined Plymouth Albion full time during the close season.

But chances were few and far between and he has opted for a permanent switch to Newton.

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