Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Exmouth Town boss Richard Pears cannot wait for his side to take on Saturdays visitors Budleigh Salterton.
The Southern Road chief says: “There’s an element of pay-back about this one after they ended our run last season. That defeat still hurts and I shall remind the lads before kick-off of what happened to us against them last season! The Throgmorton Cup earned us money last year and I am keen for us to have a good run in the competition again this year.”
Pears reflected on last Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Buckland Athletic in the FA Vase. He said: “Hand’s up, it was my fault. I got our tactics all wrong and that’s disappointing. I thought we’d be best served with a 5-3-2 formation, but 5that proved to be far too conservative and, even though we did not concede until the 70th minute, the bottom line is we were set out to be far too cautions. It won’t happen again!”
Pears continued: “I think it may well have been a very different game has Ace (High) tucked his second minute chance away. Had that gone in then the formation we had might have seen us though. That said it was silly of me to go with the 5-3-2 for I ought to have gone with a bolder approach. Perhaps the players got into their minds that I was in awe of a good Buckland side, but the bottom line is that at the end of the game I cut a frustrated figure because the team that won the game was not any better than the team that lost! We frustrated them for long periods and also carved out a few chances of our own. On the whole it was a pleasing performance.”
Looking ahead to the Budleigh game, Pears said: “They were a painful thorn in our side last year and this is a chance for us to put the record straight! I see that they have lost four on the spin, but that will count for nothing come kick-off on Saturday when have no doubt they will all be pumped up to inflict another defeat on us!”
Pears hopes to give a debut to new singing Lewis Coombes who is a striker with bags of experience at Western League level and above. Pears says: “Lewis (Coombes) brings something different to the party. He has a presence in the front line and will certainly allow us to play a different way as and when we chose to or need to. All the best teams look to have four strikers and that’s the pleasant situation we find ourselves in with this latest signing. Hopefully all the paper work will have been completed so that he can make his debut on Saturday.”