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Morchard Bishop eye a place in East Devon Cup quarter-finals

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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EVERY scheduled match in the Devon & Exeter League was postponed last weekend as the heavy rain made play impossible.

Morchard Bishop will hope the water has subsided in time for this weekend's East Devon Senior Cup tie at home against Wellington Town.

If the Premier Division outfit can get past their Division One visitors they will face a quarter-final match at Exmouth Amateurs in February.

Of Mid Devon's three Premier Division teams, Morchard have most to look forward to.

Under new manager Steve Rice, they are in the leading pack of seven teams contesting the wide open league, which offers clubs like Morchard who have never won it their big opportunity.

Now that they are starting to get a more settled side, things are coming together well for Morchard, with a more defensive attitude.

Thorverton manager Wayne Radford has commitment and availability problems and that is one of the reasons they have collected just five points this season and are in deep trouble.

Matches are not getting easier for them either, with title-chasing Heavitree Social United travelling to Raddon Road this weekend.

Willand Rovers manager Rob Buxton is confident they can accumulate enough points to get out of trouble.

Rovers sit just outside the relegation zone at the moment, having played more matches than their rivals. Losing three key players has not helped.

One of Willand's toughest challenges will come this Saturday at Seaton Town, who are hoping to bounce back from a disastrous result at Feniton just over a week ago.

The Division One title race looks as if it is between five clubs if early results are anything to go by.

Chard Town and Tiverton Town would seem to be the betting choice, but a rejuvenated Sidbury United split the pair and the other challenges come from Bow AAC and Witheridge, who are both very capable.

Another team enjoying life again are Division Two leaders Elmore who, along with Mid Devon neighbours Bickleigh, are setting a hot pace.

Both teams have only lost once and are intent on regaining past glories.

There is a big scrap looming in Division Three, with recently promoted Dolphin holding the key. The Exeter team have won all seven league matches they have played and are tugging at the coat-tails of top-three sides Newton St Cyres, Crediton and South Zeal.

Six months ago Axminster Town were relegated after a disastrous season, so to find themselves as Division Four leaders is an amazing turnaround. However, quite a few of the other title contenders in the section have games in hand.

Cheriton Fitzpaine lead Division Five thanks to a remarkable nine-match winning streak, and in this division it may be just a question of who comes second and third. Watch out for Awliscombe and Countess Wear in this puzzle.

Seven clubs led by Silverton are currently contesting the Division Six race, and it would be hard to choose any winner down to seventh-place Langdon.

Tipton St John have edged into pole position in Division Seven alongside the Met Office, but there are several clubs down the table who look ominous, not least Halwill and this season's new boys Fluxton.

Finally Division Eight looks a wide open section with Sidbury leading the way, but over half the teams in this division could be in contention if they get a good run going.

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