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Breslan's men want chance to show their improvement

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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TEIGNMOUTH are keeping their fingers crossed that the wet weather subsides in time for their clash at Exwick Villa on Saturday (2.15pm) – with the chance of going top of the league.

Second-placed Teigns were unable to play their Throgmorton Cup clash at St Blazey last weekend, with only two fixtures across the entire league surviving.

That has left joint-player-manager Geoff Breslan and his fellow boss Gary Zink plenty of time to ponder their last fixture, which was a 3-0 loss at home to Crediton United.

More pertinently, Teignmouth's only other league loss this season was against Exwick back in August – when they were struggling for numbers.

Breslan said that with his team at full strength, the players were keen to make up for their defeat earlier in the season.

"I'm sure the players are eager to play because we played them [Exwick] in the second game of the season and had seven players missing – so it will be nice to have a full-strength side to pick from and show them what we're capable of.

"It's a chance to show them how far we've come since that game."

But Breslan added: "I know their pitch was under water on Saturday – it was like a swimming pool.

"It just depends on the weather later in the week, but there's more rain on the way so I'm not holding out much hope."

Sav Savva is hoping to stabilise his Totnes and Dartington squad for the remainder of the season, with Appledore the visitors to the Foxhole Sports Ground on Saturday (2.15pm).

Tots consolidated fifth place in the table courtesy of a 7-1 win at Plymstock United in their last fixture, on December 28.

But their it was just their third win in 10 games, as his side have struggled to find consistency.

He said: "It's all to do with player availability – we've got a decent squad when we've got all of them around, but when we're left with the bare 12 or 13 we seem to struggle.

"We had everyone back over Christmas – hence the great results."

Matt Solomon and Chris Newson have since gone back to university, removing two players who Savva said had a significant impact.

"On the plus side, we've got Chris's brother Rob back, and that has made a massive difference to us at the back since he came in."

Savva has also added Danny Horsfall and re-signed Jamie Chamberlain in order to boost his squad, and said postponements until later in the season may not harm their chances.

"Historically we've not been very good when it's been wet – we're better at the start and end of the season, when it's drier."

Elsewhere on Saturday's fixtures schedule, Liverton are travelling to Alphington, Galmpton host Exeter University, Newton Abbot Spurs take on Crediton at The Rec, and Stoke Gabriel travel to Okehampton Argyle.

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