Carlsberg South West Peninsula League
Published 8th June 2012
.....for next season less than two weeks after announcing the make-up of the 2012/13 campaign.
Hiscox received the news that Division One East outfit Ottery St Mary have withdrawn from the league and applied to join the Devon & Exeter Premier outside the non-League Pyramid.
Ottery's withdrawal left Division One East with fifteen clubs as opposed to the West's seventeen.
That meant one of the division's Devon-based clubs would have to switch East.
Holsworthy immediately pulled out of the running to do that, leaving only Vospers Oak Villa and Plymstock.
Vospers, who at first were non-committal, were the next to express a wish to stay put, leaving the U's of Dean Cross to agree to return East after three seasons of travelling to deepest Cornwall.
Plymstock secretary Dave Baskwill said: "We feel we have made a decision that will take us back where we feel we belong.
"Although East is generally regarded as being a stronger league, we thought we would give it our best shot.
"Travel was also part of the decision as with Axminster playing at Ottery St Mary, we have now cut our trips over sixty miles from five to just two."
Baskwill revealed the U's have promoted from within for their vacant first team manager's position.
He said: "The move will be a challenge for our new manager Pete Hill, who has moved up, after a successful season with the East Cornwall side, to take charge of the Peninsula team."
Vospers are still in the midst of finding a manager to replace Martin Burgess, who announced he has been given the task of guiding Premier Division Liskeard Athletic for the coming season.
Burgess will take over at Lux Park from Darren Edwards and Karl Curtis, who have been appointed as Torpoint Athletic's managerial team, after successfully completing his manager's apprenticeship with Saltash United's second team and Vospers.
Burgess said: "It has been my ambition to move up to the Premier Division since leaving Vospers and I'm delighted to have been given the chance with a club I consider one of the best in the league.
"Liskeard are a club steeped in history. It's a privilege to be given the opportunity to manage them."
Burgess will take his managerial partner from both Saltash and Vospers, Kevin Harley with him to Lux Park and the pair have immediately set about building next season's squad.
Burgess said: "My short term goal is to immediately contact all current players.
"A squad who finish seventh in the Premier have to be a good one and we would like to retain as many players as possible."