Topsham show ambition

PUBLISHED: 16:16 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM Town are one of four sides in the Devon & Exeter League to put themselves forward for consideration for promotion to the South West Peninsula League. The news underlines the continued renaissance of the Coronation Field club

TOPSHAM Town are one of four sides in the Devon & Exeter League to put themselves forward for consideration for promotion to the South West Peninsula League.The news underlines the continued renaissance of the Coronation Field club who were members of the County League as recently as the 2003/04 season when they completed that last campaign in the then Devon League with a May 15 0-3 home defeat to Plymstock United.The Tops do, of course, have to finish higher than any of the other sides who are also asking to be considered - Exmouth Amateurs, Feniton and Bickleigh - and that is no small task. However, the very fact that the club have put themselves forward speaks volumes for their ambition.Tops' boss Danny Carpenter is very supportive of the move saying: "The hard fact is that we are an ambitious club and we do have an excellent crop of younger players coming through and in football it is only natural that players want to try and play at as high a level as they can. If we can provide that higher level at Coronation Field then it will make the club that much more attractive to the younger lads and I welcome this bold step by the club."Carpenter continued: "Purely from a footballing point of view, I'd have to say, hand on heart, that I am not convinced we are absolutely ready, but that's not to say we cannot be when the time comes. Clearly what is important now is that we look to achieve as high a finish in the Premier Division as the remaining games this term allow. I am sure the news will create additional interest in the club and perhaps from here we can take the bull by the horns and look for a good finish to the campaign."Next up for Topsham is Saturday's trip to Wellington where Carpenter has yet to see his side win. He says: "We came up from Senior One with them (Wellington) and I was part of a losing team on the previous two visits so it would be nice to change that."Talented full back Dominic Mulligan picked up a bad knee injury playing Sunday football for the club and looks set to miss the remainder of the season. Mulligan joins striker James Ware on the injury list, although Ware is getting closer to a return. One new face in the Tops' camp is 17 year old midfielder Charlie Cox who has moved across from Exeter Civil Service and he will be part of the squad that travels to Wellington on Saturday afternoon.

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