Only 22 ECPL games since mid November
THE past month has been a lean time for the Cornish Guardian East Cornwall Premier League with only 22 matches being completed since the middle of November.
All the league's fixtures were washed out last Saturday for the second time in five weeks.
Fixtures secretary Mike Murray said it was probably the first time for at least six or seven years that the whole programme had been called off when the league had a blank afternoon on November 24.
Since then ten matches were played on Saturday December 1 with another ten on Saturday December 8.
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Only two first division games were completed on December 15, so last Saturday was the third time in five weeks that the premier division was without a single game being played.
Premier division leaders Millbrook are without a fixture tomorrow, leaving promotion-chasing Bude with an opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table.
Fourth-placed Bude, who will be looking for their first win in five league matches, are at home to local rivals Morwenstow, who have been showing some improvement in recent weeks, winning three of their last five matches.
Meanwhile, the second and third placed clubs, Plymouth Parkway and Tavistock, face each other at Parkway's Bolitho Park.
Parkway and Tavistock are both on 24 points, one ahead of Bude and Liskeard, who face a tricky home match against Elburton Villa.
Millbrook went into the Christmas programme with a four-point lead over Parkway and were due to visit local rivals Torpoint on Boxing Day morning – weather permitting.
Torpoint, unbeaten in their previous eight league matches, face a trip to second from bottom Lanreath tomorrow.
Bottom club St Dominick are at home to Bere Alston, hoping to gain some revenge for a 4-1 defeat when they visited the Devon club at the end of September.
Wadebridge, who have picked up a welcome four points from their last two matches, will be hoping to continue that improved form at home to Probus.
The other premier match is a mid-table clash between Launceston and Saltash United at Pennygillam.
St Teath could give their first division championship ambitions a major boost with tomorrow's visit to second from bottom Nanpean.
St Teath are currently five points clear at the top of the table while second placed Bodmin are without a game.
Camelford, who have lost only once in the last five games, could move into the runners-up position with an away win over St Stephens Borough.
St Stephen and Kilkhampton will be looking to keep in touch with the leading clubs by taking advantage of home fixtures against St Blazey Gate and Edgcumbe, who are both in the bottom three.