Exmouth Town Richard Pears gives his view on the FA Vase win, the draw in the next round and the next game - Alphington away.

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Exmouth Town boss Richard Pears spoke of his delight at his sides superb FA Vase triumph at Elmore.

He said: “We were very good value and few who witnessed the game would, have argued that we deserved it for we bossed proceedings from first whistle to last.”

After the 0-0 draw at home in midweek to Sidmouth we sat down and discussed just how disappointed we had been with the result and also debated how we all felt to see what the result meant to the opposition in terms of what they took away. You’d have thought Sidmouth had won the cup the way they celebrated post match. It was then that the team seemed to make a conscious decision that next time out they’d want to be the team celebrating and how they delivered to do just that at Horsdon Park. I felt before the game at Elmore that we’d need to be at our best, but also that it might suit us coming up against a side full of players who have, or are capable of, playing at a higher level. I knew that if we managed to do what we are best at then we’d get the right result and so it proved. It’s a fact that if you create enough chance in a game and have a finisher of the calibre of Ben Shepherd in the side then you are always going to have a chance. It was not a one-man show though as everybody put a shift in for the cause.”

Pears also had praise for his opposite number, Elmore boss Peter Buckingham who he jointly managed Cullompton Rangers with for a spell last season.

He said: “Peter (Buckingham) had the good grace to come into the dressing room after the game and congratulate us. He said he felt the best team on the day won and that was very good of him, he didn’t need to do that. I have a net full of respect for him and wish him and his side well for the remainder of the season.”

Next up in the FA Vase is a trip to Wells City who play one level higher than Elmore. Indeed whilst Town were knocking Toolstation League One Elmore out of the FA vase Wells City were winning 6-0 in a Toolstation League Premier Division game at much fancied Bitton.

Pear said: “That result was certainly an eye opener and it underlines the task we have facing us in the next round. That said the club have been brilliant and I gather there is a coach planned for the trip to Wells with Town supporters on board too and it should make for a great atmosphere. Clearly we go there as massive underdogs but, once again that may play into our hands. One thing’s for sure it’s great to have an Exmouth Town side playing at these sort of venues.”

This weekend Town head for Alphington and Pears is wary of the threat the Exeter based side pose.

He says: “Alphington is always a very difficult away game. It’s a tight pitch and the vociferous home support are on top of you from the off. However, if we are not buoyant and therefore confident after such an impressive show at Elmore then we never will be! I see no reason for us to fear a visit to Alphington. Yes we need to be respectful of them and wary that they beat Sidmouth 1-0 just days after we drew a blank against the same opposition. That said I’ll be asking the lads to deliver more of the same of what they produced at Horsdon Park. If they do then there will be no complaints from yours truly.”

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