Railwaymen could put brakes on Teigns' final route to silverware
TEIGNMOUTH joint-player-manager Geoff Breslan said his side were out to make amends when they face Stoke Gabriel in the Devon Premier Cup quarter-final on Saturday (2pm).
Teigns were beaten 6-0 at Broadley Lane at their league clash in October, in a clash which saw two of the visiting side sent off.
Breslan said the Devon Premier Cup was his team's last chance of winning something this season, while they owed it to themselves to improve on their previous showing against the Railwaymen.
Ironically, Teignmouth go into the game with a disciplinary cloud hanging over them, having had another two players sent off in their 0-0 draw at Alphington last weekend.
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Matt Eves and Liam McAuley were both shown red cards for foul and abusive language, though McAuley's dismissal was the result of two yellow card offences.
Both should be available for selection this weekend, while Breslan is also hoping to have Ian Wilkinson, Craig Stonelake and Jack Baxter back in the squad.
He said: "Obviously for ourselves it's a big one as we're not going to win the league so it's an opportunity to get to a semi-final or possibly a final.
"But we're not expecting a great deal to be truthful as we know how good a side Stoke are, as they beat us 6-0 last year.
"Our aim is to do better than we did last time as we let ourselves down."
Breslan is also waiting to find out whether new signing Lee Begum will be cleared in time to face Stoke, having signed him from Budleigh Salterton.
Breslan also hopes to add several more new faces before the season is over, having seen their early promise fizzle out.
Skipper Eves has already been fined by the club after reacting to a bad tackle with language which prompted the referee to show a straight red card.
McAuley's dismissal came after two yellow cards in short succession when he had a goal disallowed for offside.
Breslan added: "We can't appeal against them as you need video evidence which is stupid really.
"It's disappointing as we were doing really well – I think if we had kept 11 players on the field we would have taken all three points."
Meanwhile, in the league programme, Totnes and Dartington are out to prove their current position as a false one when they host third-placed Budleigh Salterton at the Foxhole Sports Ground on Saturday (3pm).
Tots gained their first win of 2013 with a 4-1 thrashing of Axminster Town away last weekend, John Rimmer hitting a hat-trick and Charlie Baxendale coming on to score a trademark screamer.
Tots are still fourth from bottom despite the win, but will aim to climb having dropped points due to late goals earlier in their campaign.
Boss Sav Savva has berated his team for making crucial errors in previous matches, and said stopping those had paved the way to their win last weekend.
"It was just scoring the goals and cutting out the individual errors," said Savva.
"Apart from one defensive lapse and a good bit of skill from them ... we dominated the game.
"Everything came together – we looked good going forward and played well."
Savva welcomes back Chris Newsome and Danny Scatings-Felloy to the squad, and believes it is not beyond his side to gain more points this weekend.
"To be fair we've taken points off all the top teams and dropped points against the bottom sides, but we expect another hard game this weekend," he added.
"We will go out with nothing to fear, but it will be a hard game."
GALMPTON United will aim to bounce back from a heavy defeat when Okehampton Argyle are the visitors to the Memorial Ground on Saturday (3pm).
The greens were beaten 7-1 at runaway leaders Exmouth Town last weekend to drop further behind the pace-setters in Division One East.
NEWTON Abbot Spurs travel to lowly Plymstock United on Saturday (3pm), on the back of a confidence-boosting win last weekend.
Spurs beat Crediton United 4-1 at The Rec, consolidating second place behind leaders Exmouth.
Plymstock, by contrast, have lost 14 of their 17 games in their maiden season in Division One East.