Exmouth Town boss: “Prove you want the shirt”

PUBLISHED: 10:25 18 October 2017

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Exmouth Town head into back-to-back home games with new managers Kevin Miller and Andy Rawlings keen to point out that now is the time for the players currently at the club to seize the moment and make a shirt their own!

Exmouth Town head into back-to-back home games with new managers Kevin Miller and Andy Rawlings keen to point out that now is the time for the players currently at the club to seize the moment and make a shirt their own!

After a dismal cup defeat – Town went out of the Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors Cup, beaten by a 115th minute goal at home by Cullompton Rangers - joint manager Rawlings said: “It was an all-round poor game featuring, on the day, two poor sides – to a man what we served up was simply not good enough.”

He continued: “We were lethargic in all areas and I so did not want to see that, particularly against one of my former clubs.

“However, all that said, the fact is we are still in the honeymoon period in terms of Kevin [Miller] and I getting our feet under the table and we are prepared to give the players every chance to prove to us that they are the sort of player that can take this club where it needs to go.

“However, it also needs saying that a couple of the lads do still have work to do to prove to us that they do have what it takes.”

One area that Rawlings is keen to see improvement – and certainly in the next two games - is with game time commitment.

He explained, saying: “Football is not rocket science. It really is a very simple game, but there is one thing that always stands out no matter what standard you play in – players that don’t put a shift in get found out.”

He continued: “If you don’t work hard you will certainly not get any just rewards!”

He continued: “The next two game are very important in terms of the immediate future of some of the players and I really do hope that they, to a man, stand up and be counted and we don’t find ourselves needing to bring in the players who are keen to come here, but we are reluctant to bring in while still giving those already here time to show us truly what they are all about.”

Karl Rickard has returned to Southern Road after a short spell at Barnstaple Town with former boss Richard Pears.

Rawlings says of the Rickard return: “He [Rickard] is a player I personally do not know that much about, but everyone tells me he is a very good player and a huge plus is that he is also very familiar with this club – he knows it inside out. It’s that sort of back ground knowledge that we are keen to tap into.”

Town are also expecting, sooner rather than later, to be able to field the popular Sam, Cooper of whom Rawlings says: “Sam [Cooper] was coached by Kevin [joint-manager Kevin Miller] when Kev was a coach at Truro College and he has managed to persuade him not to go North with Barum, but stick around with us and that’s given us a big boost. He is currently injured and it is highly likely that Saturday’s game against Newquay has come too soon for him, but I am confident he will be back with us for the Witheridge match on Wednesday night.”

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