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Leaders bid to put halt two-match losing run

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 29, 2012

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The Carlsberg South West Peninsula League returns to normality today with all three divisions staging almost a full programme of games.

Cup competitions have disrupted league games since the start of the season and today is a rare occasion when clubs can return to league action.

The Premier Division has eight games today with two of the top three teams looking to end runs of two defeats.

League leaders Launceston lost 3-2 at home to Plymouth Parkway last weekend and followed that up with a 1-0 defeat at Torpoint on Wednesday.

It was good to see Leigh Cooper give a debut to Ben Annis, as a second half substitute at The Mill, as this was the midfielder's first Peninsula appearance for almost three years since suffering a very serious broken leg while playing for Ivybridge.

Annis will be in the Clarets squad that travels to St Austell today to take on a Lillywhites side that won 2-1 at Tavistock 2-1 on Wednesday.

That was the Lambs' second successive defeat, having lost 4-1 at Bodmin last weekend, and they face a tough task today when they entertain unbeaten Plymouth Parkway.

Ian Southcott's side will be looking to avenge the 4-3 defeat they suffered at Bolitho Park back in August but they will have to do it without Joe Carey (knee) and Ian Rooke (suspension).

"We made an excellent start to the season and now need to show our character and bounce back," warned Southcott, who may have a new face on board.

Parkway boss Wayne Hillson is also hopeful of adding a new signing to a strong squad, which is only missing Sam Cooper for the game.

Ivybridge travel to Bovey Tracey with confidence high after Tuesday's victory over Camelford made it seven games without defeat. Bovey suffered their third consecutive defeat, on Tuesday, when they lost 3-0 at Parkway.

Elburton have defender Lee Rundle unavailable as they put Tuesday's defeat at Saltash behind them for the visit of St Blazey who have Marcus Isles, Jason King and Dan Bennett all returning, after missing the midweek victory at Penzance.

Penzance travel to Camelford while Liverton are looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats when they entertain Witheridge.

Liskeard Athletic have parted company with goalkeeper Chris Wearing and will have Gary Richards donning the number one shirt for the visit of Torpoint Athletic.

Newquay hope to build on last weekend's 6-0 cup success at Sticker when they host Cullompton at Mount Wise.

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