Football: East Cornwall Premier League previews January 22
FRUSTRATION was the order of the day for the Cornish Guardian East Cornwall Premier League on Saturday when they suffered their second complete washout in three weekends because of the continuing wet weather.
Fixtures secretary Mike Murray took some comfort, however, from the fact that the league only had a limited programme scheduled because of the Cornwall Senior Cup.
"We were only due to play ten matches on Saturday," he explained.
"Although our teams were not involved in the county cup, some clubs had their first teams expecting to play home ties in the senior cup, which meant that the grounds were not available for our fixtures."
It has been a lean time for the East Cornwall League in recent weeks because of the postponements with only 20 matches being played since the Boxing Day clash between Millbrook and premier division leaders Torpoint.
Eight games went ahead on Saturday December 28 with a further 12 matches being completed on Saturday January 11.
Despite those problems, however, Murray is upbeat about the prospects of making the necessary rearrangements.
Following Saturday's postponements there were 19 premier division games to be re-scheduled with new dates needed for 20 first division fixtures.
"At the moment we do not have any midweek fixtures scheduled," said Murray.
"All the present fixtures are on Saturdays with the exception of the Good Friday derby clash between Torpoint and Millbrook.
"Obviously we are now going to have to start looking at some midweek evenings, but I want to avoid asking clubs making longer journeys for evening games.
"So the priority will be to get those matches played on Saturdays, leaving the shorter trips for the evening games."
There is also the possibility that Devon-based clubs could take advantage of playing on Easter Monday.
Murray explained: "We can't do that in Cornwall because it is a tradition that Easter Monday is kept clear for the finals of the county's senior and junior Cups. But there is nothing to prevent Devon clubs from playing on that day."
SALTASH FACE LISKEARD TEST:
Second-placed Saltash are the only one of the top three premier division sides with a league match on Saturday as leaders Torpoint are without a fixture while third placed Parkway are on cup duty. The Ashes travel to mid-table Liskeard knowing that victory would see them draw level on points with Torpoint, although the present leaders have a vastly superior goal difference.
Fourth placed Callington will be hoping to close the gap on the top three in what promises to be an interesting home match against Launceston.
In the battle to avoid relegation, bottom club St Teath are three points adrift of second from bottom Kilkhampton, who are without a game on Saturday.
But Saints have a battle on their hands as they are away to Polperro, who have an impressive record of having won nine of their last ten league games.
Morwenstow are only above Kilkhampton on goal difference but they have matches in hand on their rivals and will be hoping to start climbing away from trouble with a home match against fellow strugglers Wadebridge.
St Dominick, who are only two points clear of the bottom two, are away to Bere Alston and will be looking for a repeat of their 1-0 win over the Devon side when they met at St Dominick on December 28.
The other premier fixture sees Millbrook at home to Tavistock.
The top three teams in the first division are all playing at home with leaders Fowey hosting Roche while second placed Edgcumbe, who are three points behind with a game in hand, host Bodmin.
Third placed Plymstock are at home to Mevagissey, whose form has slipped in recent weeks with three successive defeats after being unbeaten in their previous 11 league matches.
Bottom of the table Nanpean, who are still looking for their first league win of the season are at home to Holsworthy, who are immediately above them in the table.
PROBUS HAVE HOME ADVANTAGE:
First division Probus will have the boost of home advantage when they take on premier division champions Plymouth Parkway in the first round of the Rowett Insurance League Cup on Saturday.
Parkway were drawn at home but three previous attempts at staging the fixture have resulted in postponements so they have agreed to switch the tie from Bolitho Park in the hope of getting it completed at the fourth attempt.
The winners will be at home to Bere Alston in the second round, which is due to be played on Saturday February 8.
The draw for the quarter-finals will be made during the interval of Saturday's first division match between Fowey United and Roche when the draw will also be made for the semi-finals of the two divisional cup competitions.