Axminster left frustrated

PUBLISHED: 16:07 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup: There was frustration for Axminster Town as a waterlogged Sector Lane put paid to the club s hopes of tackling South Devon League side Brixham Villa for a place in the last four of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup on Saturday.

Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup: There was frustration for Axminster Town as a waterlogged Sector Lane put paid to the club's hopes of tackling South Devon League side Brixham Villa for a place in the last four of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup on Saturday.

The two sides will try again this Saturday - weather permitting. Tigers' boss Ray Self said: "There was no way we could play, despite the very best efforts of the ground staff. There had simply been too much rain and the surface was more suited to webbed feet than studded football boots.

"We can only hope for better weather during the week and then we can get the game played on Saturday but, if per chance we can't play on Saturday, then we will begin to worry about fixtures piling up.

"Let's face it, a midweek trip to Appledore, for example, would be a real tough one logistically!"

The postponement does at least give Andrew Gage extra time to recover from an injury he picked up in the pre-match warm-up session prior to the win over Ottery last week.

But there'll be no Richard Challis on Saturday; the former Beer player turned out for the Fishermen in an earlier round of the competition.

There's excellent news for the Tigers on Danny Aplin.

The influential midfielder had his awaited surgery on his troublesome knee, when it was discovered that the problem was a piece of floating cartilage and, such is the speed of treatment and recovery these days in such a case, that Aplin will actually be back on a bicycle by the time this paper hits the news stands and he should be available for selection in about six weeks:

"It's great news," said Self, who continued: "We really did think we'd seen the last of Danny for this season and so to have him back at the business end of the campaign is a great boost."

Should Axminster defeat Brixham Villa, they will meet fellow SWP League Eastern Division side Totnes and Dartington in the last four - to be played on a neutral ground some time in February.

By Stephen Birley

Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup

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