Topsham boss so positive about the campaign ahead.

PUBLISHED: 09:29 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM Town started the Devon and Exeter League Premier Division season with a superb performance and fully deserved 2-0 win over Thorverton at Coronation Field on the opening day of the season.

TOPSHAM Town started the Devon and Exeter League Premier Division season with a superb performance and fully deserved 2-0 win over Thorverton at Coronation Field on the opening day of the season.

The Thors had done the double over the Tops in the last campaign and, given that boss Danny Carpenter was without four of his front line, first choice players for the opener, the result was all the more impressive.

The game was won with a goal in each half, with Ian Curran netting before the break and teenager Ace High, who had come off the bench as early as the 10th minute for knee injury victim, James Ware, scored the second ten minutes from time.

Topsham boss Danny Carpenter was forced to dig deep to get a side out for the game against a team who many pundits had suggested would be there or thereabouts come next May.

Liam Joy, at just 16 years of age, was given his senior bow alongside Ian Curran with Adi Carpenter sweeping behind him, and the youngster gave the sort of performance that suggests he has a great future in the game for the Tops.

The win was no fluke and was born out of the side having a really solid look about them with the reliable Robbie Raddon between the posts and wing backs Charlie Cox and Stuart Tyler both keen to get up and down the line to assist in attack and help out in defence.

Carpenter said: "I was really pleased and the lads have given us a real platform to work from. There is no hiding, the blunt fact is we want promotion this term and everything we have done and are doing, is geared towards taking this football club up into the Peninsula League. It won't be easy as I think there are a number of clubs who could put up a good case for ending top of the pile but if we can maintain the sort of level of play we showed against Thorverton then we will have a big part to play in the season."

With regard to the introduction of the young lads for the opening league game, Carpenter says: "To be honest I had only seen the boys play once, maybe twice but you could see then that they had something to offer. Both were an integral part of the Under-16 side last season and the game plan is very much for that side to stay and play together as the clubs 3rd team in the Devon & Exeter League, at least until Christmas, after which we will see just who we can add to senior sides at Coronation Field."

Carpenter has also been busy in the summer transfer market and is delighted to have recruited a couple of lads from last season's Premier Division Champions, St Martins.

Striker Darren Eashem made his first start in the Thorverton win whilst former team mate at St Martins, Matt Anderson, who is also being coveted by Cullompton Rangers, was expected to make his Tops bow in the midweek meeting with Exmouth Amateurs. Of the pair Carpenter said: "They are going to be great acquisitions. I know that Matt (Anderson) is likely to also sign with Cully in the Peninsula League, but he is exactly the sort of calibre of player I want on board at the club. You can build sides around the sort of quality that Matt has and I am looking forward to both working with him and hopefully, convincing him that his future can lie with us."

On Saturday the Tops face Clyst Valley and Carpenter says: "That will be tough as they (Clyst Valley), always give us a decent game.

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