Moore hoping Alphas can reach for the top
JOHN Moore wants Alphington to push into the higher reaches of the table by extending their four-match unbeaten run on Saturday – but he acknowledges that will not be easy at Teignmouth.
The Alphas had the weekend off, and they go to an erratic Teignmouth side who were the division's early pace-setters.
But the Teigns went down 5-3 to Exeter Civil Service last time out, despite goals from Matt Eaves, Geoff Breslan and Carl Cliff-Brown. Civil's Nick Murray hit a hat-trick, while Shaun Densham and Harry Taylor also scored.
Moore should have a full squad available for the match, but he admits the enforced break was something he could have done without.
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"It is going to be tough down there – it is a horrible and intimidating little place to go with their small pitch," he said.
"But we are looking forward to it. We are unbeaten in four now and on a good run with games in hand too.
"If we can win our games in hand then we can push up into that top group, so we really are looking for all the points.
"We had a weekend off last week but everyone would rather have played. Being on a good run, a weekend off can knock you out of your rhythm, but we are still positive.
"It will be difficult though because Teignmouth are a good, good side and I can't believe they are losing games like they are."
Civil are looking to build on that win with a trip to Plymstock United, who lost 2-1 at home to leaders Budleigh Salterton after goals from player-manager Danny Williams and Mark Lever.
The Robins host Exeter University on Saturday, and Uni manager Dave Evans feels his side are dangerous opponents now they have hit their stride.
After being affected by lack of availabilities at the start of the season, the Students have picked up of late, as illustrated by their emphatic 4-1 win at Totnes & Dartington.
Matt Langley scored twice for the University, with Pete Beadle and Lewis Aimson also netting.
And Evans is keen to set the record straight following their narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Budleigh last month.
"We are starting to play quite well," said Evans. "We just have to believe we are good enough and we will so how far we can go.
"I think the ability in the team is as high as it has ever been. I think we have a fairly small squad, which is a bit of a disadvantage, but I think we can match most teams in our division with everyone fit and playing.
"We had a game against Budleigh not long ago where I felt we actually matched them and we were unlucky to lose 1-0.
"But we finally have a settled side now and with all of the playing and training together we are starting to play some very good football, create chances and score some very good goals."
Midfielder Luke Roper keeps his spot in central midfield for the match as skipper Josh Madden continues to recover from a broken ankle.
Elsewhere, Crediton United go to Appledore hoping for better luck after two late goals saw them lose 2-0 at home to Galmpton United.
Axminster Town host Newton Abbot Spurs off the back of a 4-0 pummelling at home to the still-undefeated Exmouth Town.
Ace High continued his recent fine form with two more goals, with Andy Thomson and Dan Boere also adding their names to the scoresheet.
Spurs went down 4-2 at home to Stoke Gabriel, despite Adam Dyson and Jacob Chisholm strikes.
Sidmouth Town entertain Stoke Gabriel while Okehampton Argyle welcome BOCA Seniors in the Devon Premier Cup.