Exmouth Town senior teams suffer further rain pain
PUBLISHED: 12:46 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 16 March 2018
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The second Saturday of March proved to be another soggy and frustrating one for the Exmouth Town senior teams, writes John Tidball.
The first team match at Cullompton Rangers was postponed owing to waterlogged surface in Mid Devon and it was a similar tale of soggy woe with regard to the scheduled second team Macron League game against Witheridge, as that fell to an unfit Southern Road surface.
Town will be hoping that the weather improves as they start a run of four home games with the visit of Bodmin Town this Saturday (March 17).
The Cornish side have suffered more than anyone with postponements, partly due to the weather and also successful cup runs.
They have only completed 17 of their 38 league fixtures meaning they have to play 21 games in the last eight weeks of the season.
They have only lost two of their league games played, and a Ben Steer penalty gave Town a deserved point when the sides met last November.
Town have been given a massive boost with the news that former Exeter City and Torquay United goalkeeper Martin Rice has signed for the club and had been due to make his debut in the game at Cullompton.
Exeter-born Rice has also played over a 100 games for Truro City and started this season at Tiverton Town.
He will bring considerable experience to a defence that has been under pressure this season and also help the development of the younger players within the squad.
Town boss Andy Rawlings is delighted to have Rice on board. He says: “We have been looking for a character, a personality and someone who knows the game inside out. Martin [Rice] will bring so much to the dressing room and I am grateful to Kevin [Miller] who got hold of Martin’s number to set this signing up.”
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