Exmouth Town latest - too many enforced changes don’t help as Town are sunk at Saltash

PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 17 September 2017

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Exmouth Town are enduring a tough time right now, as underlined by back to back defeats on the road at Tavistock and Saltash United, writes John Dibsdall.

It must be mentioned, I the opening lines, that the last two games for Town have been against two of the top sides in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

However, without doubt, the one issue that is clearly hitting Town right now more than any other is the lack of players available on a match-by-match basis and this is something that needs to be addressed.

Against Tavistock, Town included three players who have featured for the reserves this season and all played well. Indeed the three did not look out of place against the current league champions, who are unbeaten this season.

At times Town played some attractive football and competed well for periods of the game before a late goal gave the final score line of 4-0 which did not do justice to Town’s overall performance.

Thoughts that Town could take the positives from that game when they travelled to Saltash on Saturday were quickly dispelled as five of the team, including the reserve team members were unavailable either through work commitments or illness and Town had to draft in two new players to make their debut.

Against a side as skilful as Saltash, not the ideal preparation, and, six minutes into the game and Town had conceded three goals!

Another before half-time and three more in the last 15 minutes did nothing to help the goals difference stat.

Town are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to basement side Witheridge, who have yet to win this season and on Saturday travel to Launceston who have surprised people with some good performances.

Looking for some positives Town will have played eight of their last nine games away from home and have played against all the sides expected to feature in the top six this season with the exception of Bodmin.

For manager Peter Buckingham, who has missed the last three games, the problem will be to find a settled side of players who are available week in week out and who want to play for Exmouth Town.


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