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Holmes is sad to be leaving Peninsula

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 28, 2012

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Buckland Athletic play the first of their final three games in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League today when they entertain Plymouth Parkway at Homers Heath.

The Newton Abbot outfit secured runners-up spot, and promotion to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, in style on Tuesday when they beat Liskeard Athletic 6-0 at the Heath.

They also created Peninsula history when they become the first side, from the league, to play step five football.

Bucks chairman Roy Holmes has been part of a team that has been with the club since their humble days back in the Devon & Exeter League. He has been personally associated with the club for more than 30 years and is proud of what has been achieved, firstly at Homers Lane and then at their present headquarters at Homers Heath.

"Although I have pride in our move forward and the way it has been achieved it is also, personally, tinged with sadness as we have made excellent friends with the majority of the clubs since the league's conception," said Holmes.

"I personally will miss all the league officers and the many secretaries and managers who have been so good to this club and I hope we can make you all proud of us in the future."

Parkway and Buckland always serve up very entertaining games and the visitors have goalkeeper Martin Piper returning for a game where they will face former striker Chris Wright who hit five of the six goals against Liskeard.

The postponement of the midweek game at Bodmin means the champions will now be presented with the trophy after next Wednesday's game against Torpoint but first they have to travel to Mid Devon today to face Witheridge.

Falmouth Town are determined to claim third spot which means that they will have to take all three points from their visit to Mill Marsh Park to take on Bovey Tracey.

Saltash United are just a point adrift of Alan Carey's side and they have the same scenario when they entertain St Austell.

Elburton are hoping to have the experience of midfielder Justin Crowley in their squad for the trip to Dartmouth while Ivybridge entertain fellow strugglers Penzance with both sides aware relegation is not an issue after Buckland's promotion.

Liskeard have striker Paul Baker and midfielder Steve Murphy returning for the visit of Cullompton while Torpoint miss Chris Maskell and Warren Daw as they host Camelford.

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