Town Boss Jody Bolt speaks on derby defeat and the games ahead

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:31 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town lost the Boxing Day derby at Budleigh Salterton but Jody Bolt was upbeat post match.

EXMOUTH Town lost the Boxing Day derby at Budleigh Salterton but Jody Bolt was upbeat post match.

The Southern Road chief said: "I think 3-1 flattered them (Budleigh) inasmuch as we were always in the game and, had the cross bar not denied Ben Shepherd, it may well have been us celebrating post match. As it was, I have to confess that we did go into the game with half an eye on the match at Ivybridge 48 hours later. The withdrawal of skipper Kerry Butler was done with the Throgmorton Cup tie in mind and, in terms of the bigger picture, I can live with a derby defeat and a place in the last eight of the League Cup!"

Bolt was taking nothing away from the Boxing Day victors saying: "They will be happy with the win and they say what goes round comes round and we did win the penalty shoot out so I guess its a case of honours even this term in the derby games with one still to play at our place later in the campaign."

Bolt was delighted to be drawn at home in the last eight of the Throgmorton Cup, but conceded that his side could not have been given tougher opposition: "After three away ties we deserved to get a home tie and it will be a great occasion for the home faithful. Buckland Athletic are a notch up from Ivybridge and will provide the biggest test yet to our ambitions. That said they will not fancy it at our place and if we can keep everybody fit we'll have a go."

Bolt also spoke of his hopes for the New Year at Southern Road: "We have so much to look forward to in 2010, no more so than because we have a couple of massive Cup ties to play in the Devon Premier and Throgmorton Cups. I have not given up on a high League finish either and do feel we have every chance of making this particular season a glorious one at the Club. One thing's for sure, it will not be for the want of trying."

Next up for Town is Saturday's meeting at home to a Totnes and Dartington side who have been beaten just twice on their travels this term, at Royal Marines AFC and at Appledore.

The sides have not met yet this term and Bolt accepts that his side will need to be at their best: "They are managed by John Gale, who has bags of experience from the pro game. He has got them playing really well and they, like us, have been having success in cup competitions. We have already lost three times at home this season and I want that tally to stay put. We are fortunate in that we have players back with us from the Christmas break and so that will allow us to freshen things up slightly. It should be be a cracking game and I am looking to start the New Year in a positive way."

Dan Plater and Dave O'Connor, who have both been out of the country over the past fortnight, are back and available again as are both Tom Lowe and Matt Dawson, who missed the Ivybridge cup win, the latter owing to being cup tied.

Competition for places is certainly hotting up, especially at the back, where former Sidmouth Town central defender Ben Ashford has made an instant impact in Town colours.

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