TORBAY Men hope to have a full squad available for Saturday's derby date at Dart after taking eight men to Penzance for an early start and losing 5-0.
Credit to those who made the trip after the League insisted the match took place despite the potential lack of numbers being flagged up early in the week.
Captain Tom Souster said the team 'played like Spartans'. Fortunately that is where the comparison ended. Unlike Leonidas and the 300 at Thermopylae, all eight made it back across the Tamar Bridge.
Torbay were able to force the odd short-corner in the first half, and only trailed 1-0 at the break.
The vast experience of Matt Clark and Jon Veale helped keep the home side out, coupled with a fine display of goalkeeping from Mark Newell.
Penzance were able to take advantage of the tiring Torbay octet in the second half and scored four times.
The other four to make the trip were Jack Knight, Chris Walker, Chris Reeves and Nick Reeves. Knight and Chris Reeves played particularly well in difficult circumstances.
DART Men's hopes of a bounce-back win at Duchy were thwarted by a 4-2 defeat.
Dart had been on a roll before losing to Sidmouth & Ottery seven days earlier, due to great performances and 100 per cent commitment from all the players.
Dart scored first through Adam Wakefield, putting the pressure on the home side .
Duchy moved up a gear and with some 50-50 decision going their way went into half time 3-1 up.
The second half became an uphill struggle for Dart due to injuries.
Wakefield scored again but, Duchy kept pressing high looking for more goals. Constant attacking brought one more goal.
Dart will hope to get back to their previous winning ways against Torbay this Saturday.
TEIGN Men's 1st XI won 5-1 away at USHC Plymouth with goals from Ben Ayres (2), Henry Burningham, Tom Brooks and an own-goal.
Teign are still four points clear at the top and travel to Plymouth University A this week.
Teign Men's 2nd XI drew 1-1 at home to East Devon, Pete Brooks the scorer.
Bridgwater A beat Torbay A 4-0. The first goal came from a quickly taken free-hit and the second a well-taken shot to the top corner.
Kai Horsburgh and Dave Robinson both drew smart saves from the keeper at short corners. Robinson had one good chance in open play but put the ball over the bar.
Rob Farleigh kept the score down early in the second half. It took two well-crafted short corners to extend the score.
Torbay are at home to Minehead on Saturday (2.15pm).