Topsham Town bounce back to net six at Clyst Valley

PUBLISHED: 14:49 30 August 2011

Budleigh Jack Greenslade in action

Budleigh Jack Greenslade in action

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Topsham Town bounced back from a disappointing Saturday defeat to score six times in their game at Clyst Valley on Monday afternoon.

Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Newtown at Coronation Field had Tops boss Lee Annunziatta scratching his head to work out how his sides could have produced such an insipid all-round effort.

He said: “As good and well organized as Newtown were – and by the way they are a decent side – we were the opposite! The 2-1 score line might suggest a close game but in truth it was anything but for they tore us apart and I am delighted we didn’t catch a thumping because that’s what we deserved for a shocking performance. That said we spoke about how poor we had been and, luckily, we did not have too long to rest on our woes with a game on the Monday afternoon at Clyst Valley when we had a swift chance to put it right!”

Topsham certainly put it right, winning 6-4 at Clyst Valley. Ryan Pym, who had scored the Tops goal in the Newtown defeat coming off the bench, started the game and blasted a hat-trick. The other goals came from Stuart Tyre, Chris Bedford and Lewis Heaver.

Annunziatta said: “It was so much better, in fact chalk and cheese compared to Saturday. We were without four regulars, all suspended for seven days and that meant opportunity knocking for some of the younger and fringe players at the club, and my word, didn’t they just take their chance.”

Third team regular Dillon Dare was called up and put in a superb shift at left back whilst James Humphrey’s was a revelation in a midfield berth. Annunziatta said: “I’d watched young Dillon (Dare) in the thirds and wanted to have a better look at him and he didn’t disappoint. He’s hungry and has something about him. James (Humphrey) is a lad who perhaps needs playing time, he did very well at the hub of everything.”

This weekend the Tops head to Feniton for an East Devon Senior Cup tie which Annunziatta expects to be a tough encounter: “They (Feniton) will be up for it I am sure. However, even though the League is number one in terms of priorities, I also want us to go as far as we can in all the Cups and we’ll go there to do a job.”


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