Town lose players and games

PUBLISHED: 15:16 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town's recent revival hit the buffers with back to back defeats last week. First Town lost 3-0 to Clyst Valley in a midweek Morrison Bell Cup tie and then, on Saturday, they went down 4-0 at home to University in the Peninsula League game.

EXMOUTH Town's recent revival hit the buffers with back to back defeats last week.First Town lost 3-0 to Clyst Valley in a midweek Morrison Bell Cup tie and then, on Saturday, they went down 4-0 at home to University in the Peninsula League game.Couple the defeats with the defection of two of their 1st team squad - Carl Wilson has made a permanent switch to Devon & Exeter League Senior Two Lympstone whilst Craig Higham has made the return journey to Budleigh Salterton - and it adds up to a bad week all round for the club.Boss Chris Dowling said: "The two defeats were very, very different games. In the cup tie we were simply absent without any form of leave as we never got going and I think a combination of them sensing some giant killing and my lot taking a laid back attitude into the game combined to dish up what we deserved, absolutely nothing. But on Saturday I was much happier with what we produced. It was a vast improvement and, but for a crazy six minute spell at the end of the first half, we were the equal of the visitors in all areas."Saturday's game had not seen a single shot at either goal until the 39th minute when the students opened the scoring and they quickly added two more in what little time remained at the end of the half. They added a 4th after the break but Town can take heart that a patched up side - they called up four of the club's reserve team - gave their all and probably did not deserve to be on the end of such a score line.Dowling said: "What was obvious on Saturday was that we need to find a greater depth of belief, both individually and, indeed, collectively. The lads have shown that they are most capable but now it is all about them finding both consistency of performance and belief in their own ability."On Saturday Town travel to Crediton United but once again Dowling is faced with a selection headache as he has two away skiing but on the positive side Dan Plater should be back available after missing the University defeat.Meanwhile, Town striker Mark Broom continues to make excellent progress at Torquay United. He was unavailable to Town last weekend owing to him playing for the Gulls Academy side. Town boss Chris Dowling said: "Whilst it's a blow to lose his presence I am chuffed for him that he is obviously doing so well and it's also a feather in Town's cap.

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