Exmouth Town chairman speaks on the first week of a new campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:48 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:48 23 August 2018

Exmouth Town followers, who gave great support to their team in the 4-1 opening game win at Elburton Villa. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Exmouth Town followers, who gave great support to their team in the 4-1 opening game win at Elburton Villa. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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The ‘feel-good’ mood continues to sweep through Southern Road and the upbeat atmosphere was certainly boosted by Town’s splendid 4-0 Saturday win over visiting Torpoint Athletic.

The success in the opening home game came a couple of days after the side had lost to a late, late goal in a midweek game at Tavistock.

Town chairman Stuart Shaw was at Tavistock and he said: “Despite going down to what was a very late goal, I was impressed with the team. I thought we were by far the better side in the first half with all the players working extremely hard in every department – apart, that is, from the goalkeeper, but that’s only because he had precious little to do!

“The icing on the first-half cake would have been a goal – or two – which is what I felt our all-round shift deserved. Sadly it was not to be and, to be fair to Tavvy, they did take control in the final 20 minutes and so they may well feel their narrow win was justified.”

He continued: “For me, on the way home, I was reflecting on that all-important feature of work-rate and there was little doubt that, to a player, everyone in a Town shirt was clearly giving their all, both for the manager and the club, and I know our supporters really do appreciate watching a Town side that is absolutely giving their all for the cause. When you get that it does make accepting a reversal a little easier!”

The Town chairman was also at Saturday’s game, after which he said: “I really do feel that the whole day was all about being ‘the start of things to come’. What was abundantly clear is that there is a lot of support out there for everything we are trying to do both on – and off – the Southern Road turf.

“As a chairman, when I see so many folk turn out for a first home game (only one South West Peninsula League top flight game had more watching on Saturday) as they did for the Torpoint fixture, it feeds my enthusiasm and passion for all things Exmouth Town Football Club.

“On Saturday, I recognised lots of fantastic – and much appreciated – work on and off the pitch.

“At the risk of being called a ‘cracked record’ (I know I have said it many times already, but I’ll never stop saying this) I regard the club as a ‘whole’. The biggest single thing – and what’s important to me – is that everyone buys into our way of thinking in terms of ‘you get out of something what you put in’ and if we continue to give our all, be that as a player or as a supporter who cheers the lads through thick and thin, then we will ultimately end up where we want to be.”

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