BARNSTAPLE RFC have been drawn away to Torquay Athletic in the first round of next season’s Devon KO Cup.
Torquay, a Western Counties club, should be seeded in the Intermediate Cup because of their level seven status.
However, the Tics only just missed out on promotion last season and are gunning for it this year, which would put them on a par with Sidmouth, Paignton and Cullompton.
Geoff Simpson, the cup secretary, said the decision to invite Torquay into the competition was made for practical reasons.
“Having eight clubs means no need for byes in the first round, which we had last year,” said Simpson.
Barnstaple will face either Sidmouth or Paignton if they get through.
Holders Exmouth face a re-run of last season’s final as they entertain Brixham.
The competition draw was made during the Devon RFU annual meeting at Okehampton on Friday.
Newton Abbot are at home to Cullompton in the same half of the draw and will be away to the winners of the Exmouth-against-Brixham match.
Intermediate Cup winners Bideford avoid the first round completely this winter, but will be at home to Exeter Saracens or Withycombe in round two.
Intermediate Cup draw: Kingsbridge v Tiverton (A), Wessex v Crediton (B), Honiton v Plymouth Barbarians (C), Exeter Saracens v Withycombe (D), Teignmouth v OPM (E), Ivybridge v Okehampton (F). Byes Tavistock & Bideford.
Second round: C v Tavistock (G), F v E (H), B v A (I), Bideford v D (J).
Semi-finals: I v G, H v J.
Junior Cup: Tamar Saracens v Buckfastleigh Ramblers (A), Torrington v Old Techs (B), Topsham v Totnes (C), South Molton v Plym-Vic (D), Newcross v Dartmouth (E), Argaum v North Tawton (F), DHSOB v Ilfracombe (G), Plymstock AO v Salcombe (H).
Second round: D v E (I), A v B (J), H v F (K), G v C (L).
Semi-finals: J v L, I v K.