All change at Town

PUBLISHED: 15:30 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

P8610-34-08AW Exmouth Town (blue) V Buckfastleigh (green). pic by Alex Walton

P8610-34-08AW Exmouth Town (blue) V Buckfastleigh (green). pic by Alex Walton

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EXMOUTH TOWN have once again turned to Chris Dowling to take charge of 1st team affairs at Southern Road after the departure of Mike Walsh in the aftermath of the 9-0 mauling at the hands of Marines AFC last Wednesday night.

EXMOUTH TOWN have once again turned to Chris Dowling to take charge of 1st team affairs at Southern Road after the departure of Mike Walsh in the aftermath of the 9-0 mauling at the hands of Marines AFC last Wednesday night.Dowling was last in the Town hot seat following the summer departure of Richard Pears and once more he finds himself being summoned to duty. He says: "I have no problem with it and fortunately Bob Chard is going to work alongside me. It's not going to be easy but with some goodwill and plenty of effort I am sure we will be okay. One thing is for sure, I see this arrangement being in place for the foreseeable future."Explaining the departure of Walsh after just three months at the helm Dowling, who is also the Club Secretary, said: "It was one of those mutually agreed matters. We as a club do owe Mike Walsh a huge debt of gratitude. He came in at a time when we were in real trouble and, frankly, if he had not stepped into the breach we may not have been able to continue as we are today. I think he (Walsh) found the commuting from his South Devon home a bind and for many of his side there was no such thing as a 'home game' for a number of them travelled from the area in which he lives. Bob and I are now going to look to recruit a team locally."The first time the new pair sent a Town side out was last Saturday and they did a fantastic job, only going down to Teignmouth Town in the 93rd minute when the South Devon side netted a winner to take the points with a 3-2 score line. It was a case of 'what might have been' for patched up Town, who had just two of the 'Walsh side' playing. David Heath, one of the former manager's last signings, scored a superb goal from fully 40 yards to put the side one up and, after a Teignmouth equaliser, Mark Broome restored the advantage before another leveller and that late, late winner: "It was a cruel way to start and the lads deserve so much credit for the way in which they battled for the cause. More of the same between now and the end of the season and we will be okay," said Dowling.There are already signs that the 'faithful old guard' being back in charge could lead to a change in fortunes with the news that former skipper Kerry Butler has returned to the fold after leaving former Town boss Richard Pears and the Peninsula League Premier Division at Cullompton Rangers. Making the same switch is Sean Roche whilst Adam Turner has moved across town from Exmouth Amateurs. Next up for new look Town this Saturday when they host Budleigh Salterton in the 2nd round of the Raddon Vending Devon Premier Cup. Dowling says: "I am sure the side we send out will give it their all and on the day, who knows, it is the cup after all and in such situations form books go out of the window.

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