Exmouth Town boss impressed with Appledore

PUBLISHED: 15:48 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:48 26 March 2013

This game between Exmouth Town and Appledore was one of the few not to be called off at the weekend. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1626-13-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

This game between Exmouth Town and Appledore was one of the few not to be called off at the weekend. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1626-13-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

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Exmouth Town boss Richard Pears was delighted that his side took a point from the game with Appledore.

The Southern Road chief said: “They (Appledore) really impressed me. A young side with great movement and a real cutting edge and they caused us problems. That said we looked in the first half like a side that had been without action for a couple of weeks! It may well prove to have been a very good thing for us to come up against such a slick outfit as Appledore because it certainly focussed out minds at half-time when we were able to get a few things across to the players. The most important one being that this was another example of them not being able to simply turn up and go through the motions. Far from it, we had to dig deep to ensure our unbeaten run continued, but, in terms of the bigger picture, this result and performance may just prove to be the boost we needed at this particular time of our campaign. What disappointed me most, certainly about the first 45 minutes, was an apparent lack of intensity about our play. That’s a particular feature of how we go about our business and so, when it’s lacking, or even missing, then we get what was dished up before the break against Appledore.”

On the goal scored by Jamie Moore, Pears said: “That’s two in two now from Jamie and we are beginning to see the Jamie I know well which is a big plus for us as a group at this stage of the season. I did have a feeling one or two of the players had half an eye on the next game and, whilst that is something of course I can understand, I certainly do not want to see any of that! It has to be a case from hereon in that we approach each and every game as they come before us. We must not entertain any thoughts of, what about the next one. If we fall into that mode we will come a cropper.”

The prize is now in sight for the lads. At the start of the season the main element of our campaign mission was to bag the league title. That draws near. Now of course we have reached a stage where we can also see a league season out without a single defeat and that’s the sort of record that sits very nicely on players cv and in the club’s history. It will not be for the want of trying, on and off the pitch.”

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