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PUBLISHED: 18:15 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:15 28 February 2018

Exmouth Town manager Andy Rawlings

Exmouth Town manager Andy Rawlings

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Exmouth Town head down the Devon Expressway to face table-topping Plymouth Parkway on Saturday, but Town boss Andy Rawlings is boosted by the return of most of the seven players that missed last weekend’s 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Launceston.

The Town boss says: “The Launceston result was obviously disappointing. We knew we were going into the game without seven ‘starters’, but we had an experienced back line and we did speak pre-match about the game plan, which was to frustrate the opposition and defend well and look to frustrate them and then we go out and, within a minute, are one down!”

He continued: “We then had a good spell only to ship a second from a throw-in to us deep in their half, we lose the second ball and, within seconds, it’s in the back of our net! A third before the break killed the game off.”

The trip to Parkway is a daunting one, but the Town boss is staying ultra positive. He says: “Look, we have nothing to lose. Yes, they [Parkway] are free-scoring and have been turning teams over for fun, which suggests we are ‘up against it’.

“We have the likes of Ace High, Ben Steer and Brandon Green – to name three – back available again and that makes us much stronger. What’s more I think the younger players will thrive at having the chance to make an impression against such coveted opposition.”

He continued: “I know it’s tough at the moment for the Town faithful, but we are trying to build a side and that takes time. It does need to be remembered that we only got involved midway through the season and we have not been helped by lengthy lay-offs from playing. That’s not excuse making – it’s fact, and we are working hard to field a settled team with the right mix of youth and experience. I do regard the job as ‘work in progress’ and am confident that we will get it right.”

Rawlings has signed Danny Burwood as player-coach and he will join Rawlings and Lee Annunziata in the Town dugout at Parkway.

The Town boss says: “Having Danny on board gives us a big lift. He has the sort of experience we need to help the younger players and with Danny and Lee now in the dugout I feel I have some real support.”


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