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Liverton's plea to drop down is heeded

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 14, 2013

By Andy Phillips and Lee Hall

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Liverton United have taken the unprecedented step of stepping down a division, as they feared they would be "uncompetitive" in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division next season.

The Lilywhites will play their fixtures in Division One East next season, after appealing to the league to drop down from the Premier.

League company secretary Phil Hiscox confirmed that the step down had followed a request from the club. He said: "It came after the board meeting which discussed the promotion and relegation. They basically said that they felt they would be uncompetitive in the Premier Division."

Liverton will have been acutely aware of the fate of Dartmouth, who pulled out of the league before last season because of fears they would not be able to fulfil their fixtures.

Hiscox said the move was unprecedented for the league, adding: "Certainly, it has not happened since the league was set up."

Liverton chairman Chris Stevens has confirmed that Graham Bedford and Alan Lewis will be the new managers of the club's first team next season, with consolidation the clear aim.

He said: "They have been managing in Exeter with St Martins and have done well in the Devon and Exeter League, but the most important thing is that they are both local.

"Graham lives in Torquay and has been involved with Totnes and Dartington before, while Alan Lewis is from Kingsteignton. They are very good – how they will do I don't know, but, as long as we stay in the league next season, then we can move on from there."

Having attracted former Premier League player Wayne Quinn to become their new manager, Division One West club Mousehole have completed another coup with the signing of former Penzance midfielder Mark Vercesi.

Quinn, who played in midfield for Newcastle United, Sheffield United and West Ham, replaced Darren Woodard at the end of last season at Mousehole. He has big plans for the Seagulls, having already brought former Hayle team-mate Matt Shiels to the club as assistant manager.

Quinn also revealed his delight at Vercesi's decision to turn down a number of other offers to join Mousehole from Newquay. He said: "Mark Vercesi is a hell of a signing for us. I know him well from our time at Falmouth, and we have a mutual respect.

"He's a good player, great at what he does as a skipper and scores a few goals too.

"Lots of Premier Division clubs wanted him, but he wanted to come here and play for me and his local team."

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