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PUBLISHED: 10:56 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

Local Football

Local Football

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EXMOUTH Amateurs staged a ladies football tournament and claimed the under 11 crown for themselves. The club entered two sides in the under 11 age group, both reached the last four and the A team went one better and won an enthralling final

EXMOUTH Amateurs staged a ladies football tournament and claimed the under 11 crown for themselves.The club entered two sides in the under 11 age group, both reached the last four and the A team went one better and won an enthralling final beating a very strong AFC Plympton side 2-0.Steve Holmes's side made it to the final without tasting defeat and after a goal less first half in the Final that took the lead with a strike that would have graced the Premiership! Joanna Collins, who skippers the side, struck a 'beauty' from fully twenty yards and after striker Danielle Wilks netted a second it was clear that the trophy was staying at Warren View. As well as the two goal scorers the other players in the A team were Keira Hill, Louise Perry, Kelly Ball, Ellie Clook and Ana Holmes.EXMOUTH TOWN are reeling from the loss of seven players who have followed former Town Boss Richard Pears to Peninsula League Premier Division Cullompton Rangers.With Pears already gone to Speeds Meadow, together with Lee Annunziatta, the former Exeter City and Tiverton Town player has returned to Southern Road to take skipper Kerry Butler, Chris Eveleigh, Matt Dawson, Andy Rollason, Paul Dugard, Danny Burwood and Tom Lowe to the Mid Devon club as well.Town Chairman Roger Davis, whilst accepting that this sort of player movement does happen in the game, said: "Of course we are not pleased, it was a blow to lose an exceptional manager like Richard, his back room team going too was a blow. I enjoyed working with both Richard and Lee (Annunziatta) and, whilst I would imagine a couple of players might think the grass is also greener elsewhere. I have to confess to being disappointed that so many have chosen to leave. It just goes to show that in the game these days it seems that rather than a loyalty to the club the player's passion is towards the Manager. Life goes on, these things happen in the game and we will move on but it strikes me that this sort of thing goes on far too much in the game these days."Pears, who played for his new club as a youth player before moving onto Exeter City where he worked with the late, great Alan Ball, says of the latest player defections from Southern Road: "In my eyes we have done nothing wrong. We did tell Roger (Davis) at the time we announced our departure that we anticipated taking some players with us an das far as I was concerned, everyone understood the situation. I wish Town well and hope they have a cracking season but now my thoughts are entirely on preparing my new team for the challenges of a new campaign."Town are hopeful of announcing a replacement for Pears prior to the start of pre season training which begins later this month.,

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