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Weekend off for Tivvy as Baa-Baas try to quit

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


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TIVERTON are likely to have an afternoon off as scheduled opponents Plymouth Barbarians are poised to quit the Cornwall & Devon league.

Officials have received a resignation letter from Barbarians, but could not accept it.

"As the letter was not on official club notepaper we haven't acted on it. We have told the secretary of the club no action will be taken until we receive a letter on headed notepaper saying they want to resign from the league," said a spokesman.

All Barbarians' results will be expunged should their resignation be confirmed.

Teignmouth are braced for a tough third meeting with Saltash this season.

Leaders St Ives only just beat them 21-10, and Teignmouth know how difficult it will be.

"Saltash are one of those sides who never give up and just when you think you are on top they come back at you," said director of rugby Andy Crossman. "We saw that in the National Vase a couple of weeks ago (a 22-15 win) when every time we threatened to pull away, they would claw back into the game."

Prop Paul Scott should be fit, along with forwards Joe Cockram and Luke Pattison.

Wessex have been given a boost by a couple of new arrivals at Flowerpot Field.

Stand-off Lewis Dore – who kicked a penalty to go with Dean Meldon's try – and flank forward Matt Blount made impressive debuts in the 38-8 loss to OPM last Saturday, and both are set to keep their places at home to Pirates Amateurs.

"Lewis Dore struck up an instant rapport with Ben Dance at nine and suddenly our distribution was the best it has been all season," said Jeffrey.

"Matt Blount had a great game at flanker – he was very destructive – and overall we played as well as we have all season. If we play as well again, there is a change of salvaging some pride from the season."

Crediton host OPM looking for an improvement from their 13-9 defeat at Newquay that left them a spot off the drop zone.

An 11-point lead over Liskeard in the third drop spot is handy, but they have a game in hand – against Crediton.

"There were times when we were murdering Newquay, but we lacked the cutting edge needed," said joint head-coach Brian Sherrell, after Mark Lee's penalties were all they had.

Fifth-placed Withycombehost leaders St Ives after a 25-7 loss at Hayle, where Jack Pugsley converted a Tom Steer try.

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