Friday, January 11, 2013
Exmouth Town play their 21st competitive match of a magnificent season to date when they entertain Alphington at Southern Road (2.15pm) tomorrow (January 12).
Town have won 17, drawn two and lost just one of those matches this term.
The single defeat being an FA Vase 2-1 reversal to Toolstation League Sherborne Town.
What it does all mean is that Town are well placed to win three pieces of silverware this season, a fact not lost on boss Richard Pears who says: “Of course, when your team turns the year in a season unbeaten in the league and with two cup quarter finals to come, both at home you have to have faith that your side will go on and win something. In my team’s case why can’t they win all three? I keep drumming into them that it’s all very well reaching this stage of the season in such a healthy state, but it’s a sobering thought that it can also all come crashing down very quickly if any form of focus is lost and that focus right now has to be very much on the old adage of taking each game as it comes. Alphington is the next hurdle to overcome and I am wary of the fact that we are now a prized scalp for the other teams in the Eastern Division, all of whom I fancy would just love to be able to chirp about being the first team to topple us. I am very fortunate to have been able to put together a squad at Southern Road that is well equipped to be as successful as the group want to be. That puts the onus very much on the players, it’s down to them. Everything that can be done to help them is being done. Now it’s for them to turn the screw and make sure that what is currently a buzzing season, goes on to become a most memorable one. However, the only way we can make it memorable is to have at least two bits of silverware on the top table come the end of season party – and my feeling is that, from this current situation, why not have three silver trophies on that table!”
He continued: “I am sure that Alphington will be coming to us looking to avenge that 4-1 defeat we gave them in early September in Exeter. If we are fully focussed and all do the jobs we are asked to do then I am sure we will be all right.”
Alphington arrive at Southern Road having taken nine points out of a possible 18 from six away games so far this Eastern Division season. They have won at Appledore (1-0), Plymstock (2-0) and Sidmouth Town (1-0) whilst they have lost at Budleigh (1-2), Okehampton (1-4) and Teignmouth Town (0-3).