Exmouth Town boss looks ahead to Parkway trip

PUBLISHED: 15:37 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 10 April 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth Town boss Andy Rawlings was bemoaning his side's lack of good fortune following the narrow defeat at Sticker.

He had every right to do so too given his side hit the woodwork three times and missed a couple of one-on-one situations.

Rawlings said: “There were many more positives than negatives to come from the game and, from my point of view, I am left feeling that this run of bad luck cannot go on for ever. It has to change and who knows, maybe it will turn for us on Friday night at Plymouth Parkway.”

Town were beaten 2-1 at Sticker with Ace High netting for the second game running. Town boss Rawlings said: “I don’t think anyone who saw the game would argue that we were again hard done by. Nothing is rolling our way just now. That said, Ace [High] once again led the line superbly and, with Ricey [Town goalkeeper Martin Rice], bringing some much-needed stability, experience and all-round big match nous to proceedings, we have the basis for a tidy team going forward. I really to do feel that if we can just get through the final games of what has been a tough campaign then during the summer I am very confident, certainly based on some of the conversations I have been having, that we can – and will – put together a team to start to get us back where I know this club belongs – at the top end of the table.”

Town are back in action on Friday night with a trip to champions-in-waiting Plymouth Parkway. The table-toppers have suspension woes for the game and Rawlings feels that it might be a good time to be playing them.

He says: “I’ll be telling the lads that they should go into this game with no fear. Everyman and his dog is no doubt expecting us to get a hammering, but I feel we have got a good spirit in our dressing room and who’s to say our luck does not change in Plymouth on Friday night and we finally get a decent run of the ball.

“Yes, even with their players missing, the bottom line is that if we are disciplined with our defending, determined with our midfield work and clinical with our finishing then - if that happens, and the lads are all focussed and on top of their game - we may just have it in us to spring a huge surprise.”

Town are waiting to see if Si Withers (knee) is fit enough to travel, otherwise, the squad will be unchanged.

After the Parkway trip Town will have six more games to play in their campaign. Monday night’s surprise win for Camelford, who beat Newquay 7-4, makes the Town position that little more precarious, but they ought to have enough about them over the final seven games to keep well clear of the bottom two slots.

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