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Bideford and Tiverton not set to play until 2013

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

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Bideford and Tiverton Town will have to wait until next year before they play again in the Evo-Stik League Southern.

Bideford – 1-0 Premier Division winners at Frome Town on Boxing Day courtesy of Jack Furzer's winner – have a rare scheduled Saturday off. Sean Joyce's Robins are set to return to action at home to Weymouth next Tuesday.

Mark Saunders' Tiverton were due to host Paulton Rovers but flood damage at Ladysmead means the fixture was the first of today's Division One South & West programme to be postponed.

Given the overnight forecast, others are set to follow.

Tiverton's next scheduled match is at Taunton Town on Tuesday.

Today Leigh Robinbson's Peacocks are due to travel to second-placed Poole Town, five points behind leaders Hungerford with five games in hand.

Taunton – who recently beat Hungerford – have swooped to snap up former Tiverton striker Nat Pepperell on loan from Blue Square Bet South side Weston-super-Mare.

Toolstation Western League Premier Division newcomers Buckland Athletic head into the second half of the season with a fixture pile-up.

The Bucks were washed out for a second time over Christmas when their Devon derby at Willand Rovers was called off on Boxing Day. Silver Street was declared unplayable on Christmas Day, which leaves Buckland even further behind the rest of their Premier Division rivals.

Athletic player-manager Antony Lynch said: "It's a concern that we are not playing on a regular basis as it doesn't allow the team to get any consistency in our play."

Buckland now hope to face Bishop Sutton at Lakeview today, weather-permitting. The two sides drew 2-2 at Homer's Heath when they met earlier this term.

Lynch said: "This will be a very tough game as they are one of the best teams we've played this year."

The Devon side travel to north Somerset with a full squad apart from Ash Edwards, who is still suspended.

Buckland have to fix a new date for their home game against Bristol Manor Farm, which was called off last Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch. The postponements leave Buckland with up to nine games in hand.

Lynch believes it is possible to win all of them and get into a competitive league position.

He said: "I will be very pleased if we win all our games but it will not be that easy. I would be happy just to put back-to-back wins together and take each game as it comes."

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