LODDISWELL Athletic are relishing their trip to Halford as they seek to improve further on last season's successful campaign by unseating Peninsula side Liverton United in this weekend's Premier Cup.
Hoops player-manager Richard Gomm is also looking for an assistant to join him in setting the standard for the rest of the season.
And those standards will be set high. Despite finishing an impressive fifth in the Premier League and defeating Brixham to lift the Belli Cup, club secretary Mike Williams believes his side ultimately underachieved last season.
"We should have finished third," Williams conceded. "We were a little bit disappointed with our final place. That was purely down to the fact that the cup final came before the end of our season and everybody put everything into that final and it left us a bit flat for the six games after.
"Our targets are to finish in the top six, if not higher than we did last season, and have a good run in the Herald Cup. I think it's going to be a tougher league this season with Watcombe coming up and Brixham appearing to be a lot stronger."
As for the Liverton game, Williams admits he is happy to get a chance to play a Peninsula team.
"It's nice to play a team a step above us. We've got nothing to lose because we're the underdogs, so we're just going to go out there and give it our all because you never know in cup football."
As well as an assistant manager, the Hoops are also on the look-out for more players to help build strength into a relatively small squad. But as last season proved, the South Hams club are more than capable of punching above their weight.
"Often both sides are turning up with one sub, if we're lucky," said Williams. "To get through that you have to have a good spirit about you, and there is a good spirit in the changing room which comes out onto the pitch."
Enquiries about the assistant manager position at Loddiswell should go through the contact form on the club website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/loddiswellathletic
Also facing tough trips to Peninsula East opponents are Kingsteignton Athletic and Upton Athletic who face Okehampton Argyle and University of Exeter respectively.
Kingsteignton will be looking to shake off the disappointment of crashing out of the Herald Cup last week, as Gary Aldous scored four times for the second week in a row to put Division Four leaders Roselands through 5-3.
It was a bad day for neighbours Watts, Blake & Bearne too, the Claymen losing 3-2 on penalties to Division Two outfit Babbacombe Corinthians after 120 minutes saw the teams tied at two apiece. WBB will host Peninsula West side Vospers Oak Villa on Saturday.
Division One side Newton 66 were hoping to get their season off to a start by surprising their near neighbours Newton Spurs Reserves at The Rec. But the Premier side's strikeforce proved too much, with Troy Baker's hat-trick helping Spurs through 6-3.
The goalkeepers stole the show down at the Beesands Cellars, but not for their prowess between the posts. Premier strugglers Waldon went ahead courtesy of their number one Kitson Glanvill, but after the Division Two high-fliers had levelled, Glanvill was given his marching orders, Beesands going ahead from the ensuing free-kick. Then, in a five minute spell of chaos, Waldon were awarded two penalties, while the Bees' shot-stopper was dismissed for picking up two cautions. Chris Harrity despatched both spot-kicks and completed his hat-trick to see the Clarets through. Waldon travel to Devon & Exeter League side Thorverton this weekend.
Elsewhere, Premier teams had comfortable passages through. Stoke Reserves made short work of South Brent, winning 7-0 at Palstone Park, while Ivybridge Reserves put five past Tots Reserves with no reply.
Stoke host Galmpton Reserves in Saturday's only Premier league fixture.
Still to play their first round Herald Cup ties are holders Watcombe, on County Cup duty at Shamwickshire Rovers this weekend, and Kingskerswell & Chelston, whose postponed trip to Ipplepen should go ahead on Saturday.
Other notable Herald Cup results were Division Five Preston South End's narrow 3-2 win over Division One's Chudleigh; Buckland & Milber's 10-2 walloping of Hookhills (Josh Moore helping himself to seven), and Kingsbridge & Kellaton's 5-4 penalty defeat after a gutsy home performance saw them draw 2-2 with Bishopsteignton.
In the Fred Hewings Cup, holders Buckland Thirds progressed after defeating Teign Village Reserves 4-0 at Abbots Park, Ryan Tovagliari scoring twice.
There was one Premier game, Brixham hosting Galmpton Reserves only two weeks after knocking them out of the Herald Cup. After a goalless first half, Brixham took the lead through a Jay Morgan penalty after Ben Adams was fouled in the box. Five minutes later, Adams increased their lead, converting Matt Constable's cross, and within minutes Morgan increased the margin further after latching on to Scott Dodgson's through-ball. Constable scored Brixham's fourth and Dodgson added the fifth, firing in a free-kick from the edge of the box. Adams added his second and Brixham's sixth before new signing Luke Chittenden swept home number seven from Constable's corner kick.
In Division One, Buckfastleigh secured an important win with a 2-1 home triumph against Abbotskerswell.
In Division Two, Newton United go top with a 2-1 win at Paignton Villa.
Ashburton seem to have finally found their level in Division Three, enjoying a third win on the bounce at Newton Spurs Thirds, while East Allington Reserves earned their first point, drawing 2-2 at Teign Village.
In Division Five, Torbay Police finally enjoyed a win, spreading six goals around the team in a 6-3 triumph at Newton Rovers.
Division Six leaders Watcombe Thirds inflicted a first defeat on Marlborough.