The Fishermen are in the middle of an intense fixture schedule in the South West Peninsula League.

Fixtures in the South West Peninsula League are piling up for North Devon’s teams.

As sides try and make up for the string of postponements through the winter, multiple games each week is becoming common.

This is especially true for Appledore in the Division One East.

They are currently in the middle of an 18-day period that will see them play nine games.

Manager Keith Shapland has urged a rethink on how fixtures are played across the league next season.

He said: “We don’t have floodlights, so we can’t play midweek matches through the winter.

“But there’s no reason why the first six weeks of the season couldn’t have games on Saturday and Tuesday.”

“We have to play half our season in the space of a month.”

The fallout was clear on Easter Monday, as Newton Abbott Spurs beat a makeshift Fishermen team 5-0.

But Shapland wasn’t too concerned about the result.

He said: “We went down with a scratch squad to give players a rest for Thursday – that’s the one we’ve got our eye on.”

Appledore travel to Witheridge on Thursday, as they take on Elmore in the Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup semi-final.

Despite Monday’s result, they will be buoyed by their 4-0 win over Crediton United at Marshford on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Peninsula, Witheridge were humbled by third-placed Tavistock in the Premier Division, losing 6-1 at home on Good Friday.

They were due to play on Easter Monday, but were forced to postpone their match against Camelford as a result of bad weather.

In the Division One West, Holsworthy made the short trip over to Bude on Saturday, but came away empty handed, losing 5-1.