Tavistock boss Lewis boosted by the signing of ex-Brixham man Kyle Browne
TAVISTOCK boss Mike Lewis wants his team to have fun – plus pick up the points that will guarantee them safety.
Lewis has boosted the possibility of that happening with the signing of Brixham top try scorer Kyle Browne.
Browne, an old friend who has decided to leave the National Three club, has signed with the moorlanders until the end of the season.
Former Plymouth Albion player Lewis said: "I've known Kyle for a long time – he was at Devonport Services a few years ago – and basically he's agreed to help us out.
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"He just wanted to play for fun until the end of the season, which is fine by me."
Lewis, whose side takes on Kingsbridge at Sandy Park tomorrow (2.30pm), added: "We need to get some points out of this game.
"The boys are well up for it, because it's been postponed twice already."
Tavistock are second-bottom, but only a handful of points shy of a position of safety.
Lewis joked: "Here at Tavistock we don't do things easy. We like to set tests for ourselves.
"We're going to try to avoid relegation this season and then win the whole thing next year!"
He added: "If we can go out, have fun, and get a few points which will keep us in this league, fantastic.
"That's what we've got to do – get every point we can from a game."
Tavistock, who have been depleted by injuries almost since the season began, will be without two key players – Richard West and Danny Luffman, who have pre-arranged responsibilities elsewhere.
However, centre or winger Vili Masawere returns from active duty with the armed services and Charlie Furnival is also back in the squad after recovering from injury.
IVYBRIDGE start a three-game sequence which could see them sitting pretty in mid-table at the end of the season – or sweating on whether the division's relegation contenders are going to catch them.
Truro, three points and one place ahead of the Bridgers, are up first tomorrow at Cross-in-Hand (2.30pm).
Exeter Saracens, two places and seven points behind, are next, followed by bottom side Honiton, who are beginning to show some claws in their bid to escape the drop.
Ivybridge came close to upsetting fourth-placed Devonport Services at The Rectory last week, losing 24-21, and senior coach Neil Thomson said his team wanted to push on from that performance.
He said: "The players are really looking forward to playing Truro at home after being that close to getting a result against Devonport Services.
"Now Paul (Setter, head of rugby) and I will be looking at matches we should be picking up points from.
"We're playing Truro, who are a place above us, then we've got Exeter Saracens and Honiton. If we can win that series of games, then we've got a Devon Cup semi-final against Bideford, to look forward to.
"We want to put up a good performance against Truro tomorrow. If we beat them, we go above them in the table. Although we've lost our last four games, there is an air of exuberance among the players and we are playing some of our best rugby."
Teenage winger George De Mendonca, whose season has been blighted by injured, should get a run out tomorrow.
Reece Adams looks set for a place in the front row, while 19-year-old Dom Loomes, who has been putting in some good shifts in the seconds, gets another chance in the second row, where Scott Puleston will definitely be missing.
Puleston broke his arm last week against Services and will be out for the rest of the season.
George Wilson is on the bench after recovering from a shoulder operation.
Ivybridge (from): Jon Morgan, Jay Geraty , Reece Adams, Mike Cox, George Wilson, Rory Wakeling, Dan Burnard, Tim Walker, Luke Martell, Liam Healy, Alex Percival (capt), Adam Bradley, Sam Kingscott, Tom Scoles, Justin Rogers, Tommy Newman, Oli Brown