Ivybridge hope home comforts can help them reach Devon Cup final

Lewis Paterson Ivybridge v Barnstaple

IVYBRIDGE player-coach Lewis Paterson admits it would be ‘brilliant’ for the club if they could reach the Devon Senior Cup final.

If they did, then the showpiece event would be staged at Cross-in-Hand.

However, standing in their way are new National Three South West leaders Exmouth, who beat Ivybridge 39-17 at the Imperial Ground last Saturday.

The teams clash again on Wednesday night this time at Ivybridge (7.30pm) for the chance to meet holders Brixham in the final.

Paterson is certainly hoping his team can perform better than they did in the first half against the Cockles on Saturday.

He is confident they can and feels they are a different side at home, where they beat Exmouth 29-20 at the start of the season in the league.

“We do like our home comforts,” said Paterson.

“It would be brilliant for the club to get to the final, especially as it would be at Ivybridge,” said Paterson.

“We’ll have a few different faces in our team to Saturday and I think we are a side that learn quickly. We are definitely a side that find out where we made mistakes and do rectify them.”

He added: “Exmouth will have a strong side out, but we will have people coming back in and, hopefully, it will be a different type of a game.”

Exmouth make six changes to the team that beat Ivybridge at the weekend.

They are able to bring in experienced players like former Exeter Chiefs’ second-row Chris Bentley and winger Richard Bright.

Bentley will line up in a pack that also includes former Albion flanker James Harris and Ben Hawley, who had a loan spell at Brickfields at the start of the season. However, Exmouth are missing a number of backs, including former Albion player-coach Ruairi Cushion.

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