Crediton fired up for derby with Tiverton
THERE will be no need to fire up the Crediton players for this Saturday's Devon derby with Tiverton as they are already raring to go, according to joint-head coach Phil Bye.
Crediton were due to play Tivvy last Saturday, but due to the weather conditions the match was postponed and then re-arranged for this coming Saturday.
Bye admitted the postponement was a blessing in disguise for his club as their preparations for the match had not been good.
"The preparations were a bit sketchy," he said. "We trained on the all-weather surface last Tuesday and because of the horrendous conditions on Thursday we had to cancel training for the sake of safety.
"So Saturday's game being called off was probably a blessing in disguise, because now we can have two good training sessions coming up to what will be a good local derby."
"We have also got no injury worries at all," added Bye. "The week off has helped that a little bit as well so we will be picking from a full-strength squad."
Crediton go into the match on reasonably good form, having run league leaders Teignmouth close in their last league outing.
However, Tiverton are fourth in the Cornwall & Devon League table, having won seven from their 11 games this season.
Bye is wary of their record, but says that derby matches can often be a great leveller.
"We know how they (Tiverton) have been playing, but I think in a local derby the form book goes out of the window a little bit," he said.
"We will just be cranking up the desire this week because generally in derby matches the side that wants it the most comes out on top.
"We will be working towards playing the way that we have been playing, doing all things that we want and matching their (Tiverton's) desire.
"They are fourth in the league so they have not got there by being a bad side, but our performances have been getting better every week throughout the season.
"We only just got edged out by Teignmouth and they are not top for no reason.
"So we are going in (to the game) playing quite well, but it is a local derby and Tiverton are fourth in the league so it is going to be a tough ask, but one that we will be ready for.
"They won't be any need to get the players up for it. Tiverton-Credtion games are always well anticipated.
"It will be getting across (to the players) that we have got to do the things that have been working for us and forget the things that have not been working so well for us in the past few weeks.
"I think the desire and the attitude will be there for Saturday."
After Tiverton, Crediton face another local match against struggling Wessex at home before hosting Falmouth – another side in the bottom half of the table.