Elmore move well received
PETE Buckingham says Elmore's application to move into the South West Peninsula League has been welcomed by a number of teams across Devon.
The Eagles – who are the only Devon side in the Western League First Division – have cited better facilities, more local derbies and less travelling as the key reasons for their request.
A decision has yet to be made as to whether the move will go ahead or not, but Buckingham insists the proposal has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from several clubs in the area.
"Everyone at Elmore is excited about the move and going to places like Tavistock, Witheridge and Cullompton," said Buckingham.
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"Cullompton (Rangers) are up for it and they sent us a nice message saying they were looking forward to another Devon derby next season.
"Westbury (United, who beat Elmore 4-1 on Saturday) said they would be sorry to lose us because we have smashing facilities down in Tiverton.
"They did say we were one of the few really long journeys they have to make each season, but it is a long journey like that for us almost every week."
Elmore have stated a preference to join the Premier Division, although it is not yet clear if this will be approved.
But with the Western League already acknowledging the Eagles' departure on their website, Buckingham is confident that the move will go ahead.
"It still has to be rubber stamped," conceded Buckingham.
"But the Western League have already put on their website that they are bidding us farewell so we hope it will definitely go ahead."