Devonport Services hope to keep their form going in Devon Senior Cup

mike Lewis

DEVONPORT Services are hoping they can keep their momentum going when they make their second trip to Crediton within the space of a month.

Four weeks ago Services beat the East Devon side 14-5 in Western Counties West, but this weekend the two clubs clash in the Devon Senior Cup.

Services have won five league games on the spin to move up to second in the table.

Devonport will make changes for this weekend’s cup game but they don’t want to lose their form.

“We are hoping nothing goes too dramatically wrong and ruins our confidence,” said joint coach Mike Lewis.

“We hope guys don’t have one eye focussed on next week’s league game. We want people to be focussed.

“We are looking forward to it. It will be different being the cup.”

Most of the first round Devon Senior Cup ties resulted in teams from different leagues facing each other.  However, Services landed one of their league rivals.

Lewis said: “Ideally, you don’t want to face the team you have just faced a few weeks previous and in the same location.

“It doesn’t really give the game that added spice. Sometimes you want to play a team from another league.”

He added: “As it a cup fixture, like most teams in this league, you will find players have booked weekends off, so we haven’t got a full squad to select from.

“We have got a few selection issues, but we were going to use it anyway to give fringe players or guys we know are good enough to play first team an opportunity.

“As the team has been wining they’ve not had their opportunity yet.

“This week just gives us a chance to look at guys we know are there or there abouts. It’s just been unlucky for some of them that the team have been winning and the guys have been playing really well.”

Tamar Saracens were due to host Okehampton at Parkway on Saturday in the Devon Senior Cup. However, that game has been called off due to Saracens having front-row problems.

Plymstock Albion Oaks and Tavistock did not enter the Devon Senior Cup, while Ivybridge, as a level five club, have a bye until the third round of the competition.

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