Exmouth Town clinch the title - now for a League and Cup double!
PUBLISHED: 09:18 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:18 30 April 2013
Copyright: I Hitchcock
Exmouth Town finally sealed the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division title with a 3-1 win at Exeter Civil Service on the final Saturday of April.
Now Town go in search of a League and Cup double as they travel to Coach Road Newton Abbot next Thursday (May 9) to meet Buckland Athletic Reserves in the final of the Devon Premier Cup.
Before that the Cockles will be presented with the SWP Divisional title trophy at Mondays (May 6) home game with Exeter Civil Service (3pm).
Town boss Richard Pears says: “I am so pleased for everyone connected with the club. Getting over the line has been a long time coming, probably longer than I would have wished for. That said, since January we have had cup final after cup final in as much as everyone who we have come up against has been trying to knock us off our lofty perch. The players have been magnificent, led by my captain Liam Jones who has been an inspiration on and off the pitch. I am proud of each and every one of them. I am also so delighted for the chairman (Bob Chamberlain), his committee, the rank and file support at Southern Road and everyone who works for and with the club. It has been areal team effort and we have got our just rewards.”
He continued: “At the start of the season the chairman and I sat down and set out a three-year plan. Hand on heart I did not expect us to be ahead of schedule as we indeed are with this title success. I have always felt Exmouth can sustain a higher level of football and now we can relax this summer and prepare for life as a Premier Division team. We don’t need too many new additions to the squad for, to a player, they have proved they are up to the next level as we met three Western League sides in the FA Vase and not one of them was better than us. First though I want to see the season out in champion style and then of course the massive task of beating a very good Buckland Athletic Reserve side in that Devon Premier Cup final.”