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FOOTBALL: Skipper Kendall returns for Tiverton Town
2:34pm Thursday 10th January 2013 in Sport
TIVERTON Town skipper Paul Kendall returns after suspension for his side’s Southern league clash at Yate Town on Saturday (3pm).
Kendall, who has forged a fine understanding with fellow centre-back Tom Gardner since his arrival in the summer of 2011, has missed the Yellow’s last two matches.
And his return to the side could be key as Tiverton continued their push for a play-off place in division one (S&W).
Last Saturday Tiverton laboured to a 1-1 draw with strugglers Bishops Cleeve on a very heavy Ladysmead pitch which did nothing to help their usual, fluid passing game.
Second-half substitute Jules Emati-Emati gave Tiverton the lead but the visitors showed great spirit to level through Saul Williams.
WILLAND eased their relegation worries in the premier division of the Toolstation Western league with a 1-0 success at Odd Down at the weekend.
Danny Jee scored the goal during an even contest.
Willand are back in action on Saturday when they entertain Longwell GS (3pm).
ELMORE, who have announced their decision to switch to Carlsberg South-West Peninsula league next season, were unlucky to suffer a 4-1 defeat at Westbury United.
They hit the woodwork four times including Tom Kelly’s penalty.
Matt Harvey made it 1-1 at the break when he scrambled home Brett Worbey’s corner and Elmore pushed forward in search of a winner in the second period.
But they only succeeded in leaving gaps at the back which Westbury were quick to exploit.
Elmore started the day ahead of their hosts in division one of the Toolstation Western league but have slipped to fifth from bottom.
This Saturday they entertain Devizes Town who have contrived to lose 16 of their 23 matches this season. The match kicks off at 3pm.
WELLINGTON managed to lose 5-1 to Devizes at the weekend and remain firmly in the relegation places.
Jamie Ward’s side had seen all three of their home games over the Christmas and New Year period called off because of a waterlogged Playing Field pitch.
And they were undoubtedly rusty against their fellow strugglers as they fell behind in the first half and went in at the break trailing 4-0.
Although Scott Holland gave them some hope by making it 4-1 in the second half, it proved too big a mountain to climb and, to make matters worse, Devizes added a fifth goal before the final whistle.
Wellington will be looking to put the result behind them when they entertain Portishead on Saturday (3pm).
CULLOMPTON Rangers did themselves a favour in their fight to avoid relegation with a comfortable 4-1 defeat of bottom club Penzance in the Peninsula league’s premier division on Saturday.
All of Rangers’ goals at Speeds Meadow came in the first 33 minutes with both Ryan Leverton and Sam Kemp bagging a brace.
Manager Mike Taylor will be looking for a repeat performance this weekend when second-from-bottom Liskeard Athletic make the journey north.
WITHERIDGE, who are sitting comfortably in mid-table in the premier division, enjoyed a 2-1 friendly victory over Alphington last weekend.
And manager Chris Vinnicombe hopes the run-out will pay dividends when his side entertains St Blazey on Saturday.
Withy last played a competitive match in mid December when they thrashed Bovey Tracey 6-1.