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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Exmouth Town made the perfect start to life as a South West Peninsula League Premier Division side when they won 4-1 at Tavistock on the opening day of the new season, writes Steve Birley.
A Dan Boere double and goals from Lloyd Gardner and Ace High made sure Town returned home with all three points.
Southern Road chief Richard Pears was delighted with both the result and the way his team played, particularly after their below-par show seven days before in the Charity Vase.
Pear said: “It was a great response from my players and I made a point of thanking them post match. The week before put in a horrible shift, and the players were told how unacceptable that had been during the midweek training sessions. However, their individual and collective response was exactly what I was looking for and I could not be more pleased with what they produced at Tavistock.”
As for the game itself, Pears said: “I thought both sides were nervous in the early exchanges and it was probably no more than the home side deserved when they edged ahead. However, once we got our act together and relaxed into the game I felt we gained complete control and we hardly gave them a kick in the second half.”
Pears also explained just why the performance was so much improved from the one seven days before.
He said: “Having slept on the Vase defeat I changed the formation and went with a more attacking style, but also one that I felt gave us a more solid look and it paid dividends. I felt that the individual performances of Carl Rickard, Lloyd Gardner, Dan Boere and Cameron Vere were exceptional. The key for me is that, at Tavistock, all the players performed to the standard that I know they are capable of. If they were not up to what I want they would not be with us, it’s that simple!”
The Town boss was delighted with the debut of former Seaton Town youngster Cameron Vere of whom he said: “I thought young Cameron was very composed and certainly did not look out of place at this level. It was a very encouraging debut and I am looking forward to working with him as the season unfolds.”
Pear’s continued: “It proved to be a good day off the pitch to as, after the victory we had a beer on the way home and that gave the lads another opportunity to bond more for many of them are new to each other and I want a good team spirit off the pitch in the same way I want a disciplined and a all-for-one-and-one-for-all attitude on the pitch.”
Pear’s is guarded about what he expects in the longer term from his side in their first season in the top flight.
He says: “I’d like to think this squad is capable of, at the very least, a top six finish. In the interim I am setting a target of a top six berth by Christmas at which stage we will look at what we are doing and see what, if anything needs to be done to ensure we stay on track.”
Town make their first appearance at Southern Road this season when they entertain Liskeard Athletic on Saturday (3pm).
Pear says: “We have the two home games in quick succession with the Elmore visit next Wednesday (7.30pm). It’s important we make Southern Road something of a fortress this season and that’s going to be the aim. If we can maximise the home game and then pick up points along the way on the road we’ll be well on our way to achieving our season’s goals.”