Exmouth Town boss so ready for Budleigh derby game on Good Friday

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 1676-13-13SH 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 1676-13-13SH 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 cannot wait for the Good Friday showdown with Budleigh Salterton.

Pears was back on familiar ground on Wednesday night of this week when Town were in action at Speeds Meadow, Cullompton taking on Stoke Gabriel in the semi-final of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier cup (check out how they did at www.wxmouthjournal.co.uk), says of the Budleigh game: “We are up for this one. I noted with interest that Budleigh had a large contingent at our game with Appledore and I don’t doubt they have gone away with a game plan to knock us off our lofty perch. However, we also have a plan to ensure that we do the business at Greenway Lane, which is something I except my side to do.”

Pears continued: “Derby games are special and players need no urging to want to play in them. There’s no doubt in my mind that Budleigh will be thinking they have a good chance of ending our fabulous unbeaten league run. But, as each game gets chalked off towards the end of the season and the possibility of us being able to proudly declare ourselves the invincible’s, we are even more focused than usual on the task at hand. Its an old footballing cliché I know, but it really is a case of one game at a time for yours truly now. Take this current sequence of matches. This past midweek we had a semi-final of the most senior competition in the County for clubs of our standing, then we have this mouth watering local derby during a festive period and we end a ruin of three massive games in seven days with a Throgmorton Cup semi-final next Wednesday evening against a South West Peninsula League, Premier outfit Elburton Villa. I have been telling the players that it’s periods like this in a season that all the hard work, the blood, sweat and tears that get spilled on windy autumn afternoons and evenings are for. Lorry loads of hard work have gone in to get us to weeks like this and so now is the time for the players to really enjoy themselves. They will not fail if they stick to the principles that they have been adopting game in and game out this season so far. Can the team see the season out from here without defeat and so bag that tag of being invincible? Why not! I believe in them and they believe in themselves and that’s a potent force. Each game that goes by between now and the final whistle of this campaign, cranks the pressure up a notch or three. Now is not the time to try new things, its very much time to knuckle down and ensure that game by game, we do the things that are expected of us individually and collectively. If we keep it simple then we’ll be fine and I am very hopeful that the travelling faithful at Greenway Lane on Good Friday will be rewarded with another excellent Exmouth Town display. Here’s hoping.”

The Good Friday derby is at Greenway Lane with an 11.30am kick-off.

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