ECPL secretary moves to allay fixture fears
THE Cornish Guardian East Cornwall Premier League suffered their first wash out of the season last Saturday.
Despite the blank afternoon, fixtures secretary Mike Murray is encouraged by the progress being made with the fixture programme this season.
He said: "We are in a better situation than we were at the same time last season and it also pleasing that we are quite well on with the three cup competitions."
As far as the premier division is concerned, the league has so far completed 133 of the 240 matches involved in a full season while the first division has seen 110 games played towards the total of 210.
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Murray said: "Although we have suffered some bad weather over the Christmas and New Year period, we had a fairly decent November and December compared with last season.
"Last Saturday was our first blank day of the season, although only the Bude v Mevagissey first division match survived on the Saturday before Christmas."
With the league programme at just over the halfway stage, reigning champions Plymouth Parkway are favourites to retain their title with the main challenge coming from Torpoint and Saltash, who share top spot on 37 points although Torpoint have a clear advantage on goal difference.
However, Parkway are only two points adrift of the top two and have five games in hand over their rivals. That is despite going into the season with a new management team and a large turn around in their playing squad.
New arrivals Fowey, Mevagissey and St Austell have settled well to the challenge of the first division with Fowey setting the pace in what is proving to be a competitive battle for the leading places.
The Rowett Insurance League Cup is due to see the one outstanding first round fixture completed on Saturday with Plymouth Parkway at home to Probus.
The winners of that tie will be at home to Bere Alston in a second round match provisionally arranged for February 8.
That will then leave only one second round tie to be completed with Torpoint awaiting a date for their home clash against Wadebridge.
Two outstanding ties in the first round of the Fred Binks Premier Division Cup are Launceston v Wadebridge and Plymouth Parkway v Tavistock.
Meanwhile the Roy Radford Division One Cup has already reached the quarter-final stage with leaders Fowey United and St Austell already through to the semi-finals.
In the remaining quarter-finals, Lanreath are due to play at home to Edgcumbe on Saturday with Roche hosting Plymstock United on February 1.
Andy Savage has been appointed as manager of Wadebridge Town's ECPL team.
Savage was manager of Newquay's Cornwall Combination League side until a fortnight ago before he decided to leave Mount Wise.