Festive football in the Peninsula League
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The South-West Peninsula League will continue its frantic attempts to catch up on a fixture backlog with a hectic Christmas programme of games.
While Sidmouth Town face a mouthwatering double-header against Honiton Town (Boxing Day) and Crediton United (Monday), there are some cracking ties elsewhere through the division.
The Vikings enter the festive period just three points behind Elmore in ninth and they have two games in hand on the Tiverton-based club.
Elmore welcome Crediton on Boxing Day and then travel to Cullompton Rangers, another of the clubs based around Sidmouth in a compact mid-table in the East Division.
Torpoint Athletic currently lead the division and Boxing Day throws up a potential classic, as they play host to second-placed Millbrook.
Torpoint have played four games more than Millbrook, who have been happily side-tracked by a superb run in the FA Vase.
A win for Millbrook would see them move above their hosts on goal difference and still with those games in hand to play. Torpoint travel to struggling Elburton Villa on Monday, while Millbrook have no game.
Ivybridge are in third position and just four points behind the leaders, as they prepare for a Boxing Day visit from a dangerous Dartmouth side. The Ivies also have no game on Monday.
Brixham are only behind Ivybridge on goal difference and they will look to make up more ground when Newton Abbot Spurs travel to Wall Park on Monday.
Another side in the title mix is Ilfracombe Town, who will be big favourites in their Boxing Day trip to third-bottom Holsworthy.
The final Boxing Day fixtures will see Axminster Town looking to pull away from the bottom places with a home tie against Cullompton Rangers, while Torrington host Torridgeside.
It is perhaps an unintentional act of Christmas kindness that Stoke Gabriel have no fixture scheduled for Boxing Day.
Based in the picturesque village of Stoke Gabriel just outside Torbay, the club was once considered a powerhouse at this level but this season has been a disaster.
Stoke’s record reads played 17, lost 17, scored 5 and conceded 201. It is a depressing average of just under 12 goals conceded in every single game. Ouch.