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Saunders believes his Tivvy side have earned place at summit

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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Tiverton Town manager Mark Saunders praised the resilience of his side after two wins in five days took the Yellows right to the top of Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West.

Tivvy followed up last Tuesday's 3-1 victory over North Leigh in Oxfordshire with a 2-0 home success against Wimborne Town on Saturday. The results stretched their unbeaten run to six games and allowed them to replace Hungerford Town at the top of the table on goal difference.

"I'm more delighted with this result than I was against North Leigh," Saunders said at the weekend. "We ground out a result and we stayed patient. Wimborne had a fair bit of possession but we kept our shape and a clean-sheet and won the game.

"I think it was a dogged performance and probably not one of our best, but the conditions played a big part in that," Saunders added.

After Paulton Rovers come to Ladysmead for a second-round Red Insure League Cup tie tonight, Saunders' side go to Hungerford for a massive League game this Saturday.

"Hungerford will provide a big test of where we are, how far we have come and how far we have to go," the Tivvy boss said. "But there is no reason why this bunch of lads cannot compete with the best of them in this division.

"They are working very hard at the moment. The atmosphere in the changing room is cracking, as you would expect, and they deserve their success at the moment."

Dave Griffiths resigned as Barnstaple Town manager after last Saturday's 7-0 defeat at Bishop Sutton.

The result extended Town's winless run in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division to ten matches. Griffiths, who took over as manager in July, had to cope with a negligible budget. Warren Crossley, Barnstaple's new chairman, said: "Our thanks to Dave for carrying out the role as manager in such testing circumstances, and we wish him all the very best."

Yesterday's draw for the third round of the FA Carlsberg Vase produced home ties for the two surviving Carlsberg South West Peninsula League clubs. Bodmin Town will entertain Downton, of the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division, while St Blazey will face Bitton, from the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

FA Carlsberg Vase third-round draw (selected ties): Larkhall Athletic or Longwell Green v Kidlington, St Blazey v Bitton, Bodmin Town v Downton, Horndean v Bemerton Heath Harlequins. (Ties to be played on Saturday, December 8).

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