Oakley wants Services to be ruthless on home turf
DEVONPORT Services boss Dave Oakley says his side must win tomorrow to keep in touch with the division's top four.
Services take on Penryn at the Rectory (3.00) after narrowly losing to Okehampton 13-3 in their last league match two weeks' ago.
The city side are currently in fifth place, four points behind Torquay Athletic.
Services director of rugby Oakley said: "Our away results have been vastly different to our home ones.
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"The performances have been the same, but the narrow margins that occur in sport have gone against us away from home.
"Therefore, we have to make sure that games on our own turf go our way, and with the visit of Penryn this weekend we have to make sure that happens."
He added: "The squad has settled down now and we are able to rotate players as we see fit, but we have to ensure the win.
"We cannot afford to lose contact with the top four and so this result is important to us, especially with a visit to league leaders St Austell on the horizon."
Niall Stokes, Elliott Worrall, Callum Perkins and Ratu PanaPana return to the squad that against Okehampton.
Services (from): Tony Sibley, Niall Stokes, Jack Martin, Rocky Young, John Mellor, Ratu PanaPana, Dan Olssen, Matt Gregory, Nat Wonnacott, Matt Anstis, Oscar Flowers, Manoa Tikoisuva, Callum Perkins, Ben McGowan, Matt Morrison, Rob Ede, Jamie Miles, Elliott Worrall
IVYBRIDGE senior coach Neil Thomson is using tomorrow's match at Torquay Athletic as a yard-stick to see how far the South Hams side has improved.
The Bridgers have won their last five league matches and have added last weekend's comprehensive cup win over divisional rivals Okehampton to their growing bag of scalps.
Thomson said tomorrow's match in south Devon was massive for the sixth-placed Bridgers.
He said: "It is a big one – Torquay are going well and they are a place above us in the league.
"We know that on their own pitch, they are pretty deadly and they've got a big pack.
"It's going to be an interesting game, but at least we can see how far we've improved this season."
He added: "I've got to be pleased with the way the season's going.
"We went through a month where we couldn't win and then to come back the way we have, I've got to be thrilled."
Ivybridge (probable squad): Jon Morgan, Nathan Webster, Reece Adams, George Wilson, Mike Cox, Scott Puleston, Rory Wakeling, Dan Burnard , Ben Watts, Luke Martell, Liam Healy, Alex Percival, Adam Bradley, Sam Kingscott, Tom Scoles, Matt Finn, Adam Burgess, Tim Walker, Charlie Briant
TAVISTOCK will take the field as underdogs when they visit second-placed Bideford tomorrow, according to head coach Mike Lewis.
The moorlanders are third-bottom of the division, while Bideford are 10 points off the leaders St Austell.
At least three players are out of the Tavistock line-up for tomorrow.
Back Danny Luffman, scrum-half Ewan Smith and second-row James Bruna are unavailable, while there is concern over forward Ady Baker's back injury.
Lewis pointed out that Tavistock had nothing to lose tomorrow.
He said: "Bideford is a hard place to go to. They're going well and we are severe underdogs, so we've definitely got nothing to lose."
Lewis said spirit among the Tavistock players, who were promoted last season as Cornwall-Devon League champions, was good.
He said: "Out of the last six results, we have won one of them, but every time they turn up at the club for a game or training, it's as though they've won the last 10.
"It helps when you're trying to build a team that everybody is happy."