ELMORE manager Pete Buckingham says he is more worried about his own selection problems for Saturday than he is about facing champions Bodmin Town.
Bodmin have a formidable record in the Peninsula League becoming the first club to record back-to-back trebles in the division last May.
Elmore are new to the league and have yet to face the Priory Park club this season, but the fixture could not have come at a worse time with the Eagles without a win in 10 games and a mounting injury crisis.
Midfielder Steve Harris was recently sidelined after he was bitten by a poisonous false widow spider as he slept, which Buckingham said just about summed up his fortunes.
"That hasn't helped as Steve Harris would be in my starting 11 every time, but I can't change that – it is circumstances outside my control," he said.
"We are on a bit of a disastrous run, but I'm confident we can get out of it when I get all my players back. Elmore lost 6-4 at home to Elburton Villa last time out, with the Eagles trailing 4-0 at half-time.
Buckingham admitted his side didn't play badly first half it was just everything Elburton touched turned into a goal.
"At half-time I didn't think there was a lot between the two sides," said Buckingham.
"They have had five shots in the first half and scored four goals and two of them were goal of the month contenders."
Ian Thomas, Brett Worbey, George Rogers and James Blake all scored in Elmore's second half fightback.
Meanwhile Exmouth had trouble finding the back of the net last time out against Bodmin, something manager Richard Pears is keen for his side to put right as they head into two important matches against Torpoint Athletic, on Saturday and Elburton Villa, next Wednesday.
"My defence look strong, my midfield look strong and we got ball into the final third, I just felt we lacked that little bit of something special to break that deadlock."
"But not many people are going to play Bodmin and get a result so it is nice that we are disappointed.
Exmouth, who were due to play Exeter City in the Devon St Luke's Bowl at St James's Park last night aren't in action the weekend after next and therefore Pears is looking for maximum points from the next two games.
Witheridge manager Chris Vinnciombe is hoping the lack of a midweek game will pay dividends when he side meet Launceston this Saturday.
Withy suffered back-to-back losses to Torpoint Athletic and Godolphin Atlantic in the space five days.
Speaking after Saturday's 3-1 home defeat, Vinnicombe admitted he was keen to get his players back on the training ground.
"We have had a few midweek games recently, so it will nice to have the week off get the lads into training and put a few things right that we need to sort out," said Vinnicombe.
"Saturday will be a difficult game to bounce back from but we are at home and they are doing well at the moment. It should be a good game."
Cullompton manager Mike Taylor is just hoping for a better referee on Saturday when they face Witheridge in the Throgmorton Cup a week on Saturday. Cully, who are not in action this weekend but played Tavistock in the Devon St Luke's Bowl last night, were beaten 6-3 at Launceston.
Taylor said his caused was not helped by some poor refereeing decisions, that allowed two dubious goals for the home side to stand one of their players to remain on the pitch after a 'horror' tackle.
Having had one of his own players sent-off the previous week, Taylor was not pleased.
"I feel like it is the same story I'm telling every week, that it is the ref's fault, it's the linesman's fault and I must come across as a bad loser, but I'm not," he said.
"They were key points in the game, it changed the course of the match."
Bovey Tracey, who beat Liskeard Athletic 3-2 last time out, are also not in league action this weekend.
The face Shepton Mallet at home in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.