Town boss happy his side is very much in contention for a promotion place.

PUBLISHED: 21:37 28 December 2011

Exmouth Town action in the game at Sidmouth in November.

Exmouth Town action in the game at Sidmouth in November.

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Exmouth Town complete an excellent year's work with their New Year's Eve (2pm) Southern Road meeting with Newton Abbot Spurs, writes Steve Birley.

Whatever happens on the final Saturday of 2011 Town will head into the New Year sitting in a top two berth, and, should Liverton fail to take all three points from their home meeting with top six side Galmpton, then a Town victory over Spurs, would send Jody Bolt’s Town side into 2012 as the table toppers in the Eastern Division and on course for promotion into the Premier Division of the South West Peninsula league.

Promotion is very much a real possibility at Southern Road this season though the ‘p’ word is also something that has caused great angst for some teams in recent years as they battled against a desire to step up but with genuine concerns as to how they might fund a season at the higher level.

This was very much the case for Budleigh Salterton last season who were in a position to make the step up but decided against it after much deliberation and soul-searching.

Town boss Jody Bolt has it all very clear in his mind if there’s a chance for his team to step up. He says: “Promotion? Absolutely, why not? I’d love to take this club higher up the football pyramid. It has long been my belief that Exmouth and the surrounding area could support a team playing at a higher level so why not us to be the flag bearer? Of course it would mean additional expense but football is a results and success driven business and I am most certainly not the sort who is going to be happy letting the grass grow under my feet! I wart to test myself at the highest level possible and I want players playing for my team who feel the same way. We do currently have a very useful squad for the current campaign, and, whether or not we end up where we want to be, it will not be for the want of trying! There’s no doubting some of the real quality we have in our dressing room, and, let’s face it, were we to be playing in the Premier Division it would be a lot easier to keep them at Southern Road. There’s a lot of very good folk beavering away behind the scenes at Town and I’d love to present them with the situation of having the opportunity to take the club to the next level. Before that day arrives we do have a lot of work to do and the biggest task of all looks like being finishing higher than a very good Liverton side.

I’ll be doing everything I can to see the Town colours on the Eastern Division title winners trophy and I am certainly not concerned about any issues that promotion may bring. Right now I am fully focussed on giving us the best chance of finishing top and if we are indeed top come the end of the season they let’s move on - and up!”

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