Town keen to forget Marines and look towards Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 17:03 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH TOWN manager Chris Dowling admitted that he was glad his side would not have to face Royal Marines AFC again this season after the military men dished out a 7-0 defeat to add to the 9-0 Southern Road success they had in November.

EXMOUTH TOWN manager Chris Dowling admitted that he was glad his side would not have to face Royal Marines AFC again this season after the military men dished out a 7-0 defeat to add to the 9-0 Southern Road success they had in November.

Dowling said: "They (Marines AFC), are a very accomplished side and now that they have a settled side they are certainly looking a team capable of going on and challenging for the Divisional title. They have strength and pace in abundance and of course, play with a real spirit and desire."

Town were hamstrung to some degree for they went into the game without the unavailable Carl Wilson, David Heath and Mark Broom and then, in the warm up, they lost their skilful central defender Sean Roche to a twisted ankle and so it was very much a Town side down to the bare bones.

Graham Tapp and Ross Bright were summoned from the clubs 2nd team and the step up from Intermediate One to Peninsula League Eastern Division is a massive one as Cowling suggested saying: "The lads did well but it really was a case of men against boys. I thought we battled okay, and for the first 15 minutes left them thinking they were very much in a game, but once they hit us with three goals in quick succession that signalled the end of any potential rear guard action."

Dowling continued: "We are at that stage where confidence is low and that rears its ugly head when things go against us. It is something that happens during spells in a season and I am sure, given time, the confidence will improve."

There's little time for Town's players to dwell on this latest set back for, on Saturday, they meet a Budleigh Salterton side who will surely be thirsting for revenge after being beaten by Town at Greenway Lane on November 15. Cowling says: "I can't imagine much of a motivational team talk will be needed for this one. They (Budleigh) will be looking to get their own back after we beat them at their place, and for my lot, well there's bags of bragging rights to be earned and I am sure they will rise to the challenge. I fancy it will be a cracking game, one not to miss.


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