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Parkway primed for push for promotion

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

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It is hoped the break in the incessant rain will allow the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League time for clubs to prepare their pitches for a near-full fixture list today.

The League has greeted 2013 with the news that Toolstation Western League First Division side Elmore have applied for a sideways move to the Peninsula at the end of the season.

Perhaps even more significant is that Plymouth Parkway have met the December 31 deadline with their application to move up to step five and join Buckland Athletic in the Western League Premier Division next campaign.

The success of Parkway's application depends on them finishing in the top two of the Peninsula, and they go into today's trip to Liverton United in second place.

The Bolitho Park outfit are four points adrift of leaders Bodmin Town with a game in hand, and the two meet at Priory Park next Saturday in a crucial League fixture.

With Bodmin once again not applying, finishing as champions is not a must for Parkway to realise their ambitions and they are three points ahead of third-placed Launceston with three games in hand.

They will still face a strong challenge from any one of eight clubs below them, as ten points cover Parkway down to St Austell in tenth.

Parkway manager Wayne Hillson has a full-strength squad available for their tip to south Devon to take on a Liverton side buoyant after their Boxing Day 6-0 defeat of Bovey Tracey.

Tavistock will have to be on top of their form when they entertain champions Bodmin.

Former Mansfield Town striker Ian Holmes is the only absentee from the Lambs' squad. A confident manager Ian Southcott said: "Bodmin are a quality side but the lads should go in to the game in good spirits, having won six of our last seven games."

Launceston will hope to keep up their challenge, and bounce back from consecutive League and cup defeats, when they entertain a Liskeard Athletic side looking for their first league win in 14, but manager Paul Blatchford is hoping to include striker Joe Jasper, who has returned from his back-packing, in his squad.

Saltash United are without two of their first-team squad for the trip to Bickland Park to take on Falmouth Town.

Full-back Steve Sargison is attending a wedding while striker Ross Saint is still unavailable, but otherwise manager Stuart Dudley has a squad of 14 to select from.

The two other fixtures see Bovey Tracey and Cullompton Rangers at home to St Blazey and Penzance respectively.

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