Town striker get Torquay Utd trial

PUBLISHED: 16:11 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town boss Chris Dowling was disappointed with his side's performance in Saturday's 4-4 draw with Okehampton, but was well aware of what was behind the below par show. Dowling explained saying: It was a Herculean effort by John Dibsdale

EXMOUTH Town boss Chris Dowling was disappointed with his side's performance in Saturday's 4-4 draw with Okehampton, but was well aware of what was behind the below par show.Dowling explained saying: "It was a Herculean effort by John Dibsdale to have any sort of playing surface ready after the recent weather, but I am afraid that it got heavier and heavier and that was without doubt a maker in many of the mistakes that littered the contest."When asked if there was a positive that he could draw from the game, Dowling replied: "The point we banked, but that's about it. We did not play anywhere near as well as we can, but that happens and, to be fair to the lads, it was a real slog in those conditions."Town were without three important players for the game with Okehampton with striker Mark Broom unable to make the journey from his South Devon home owing to the weather conditions and both Rob Hall and Carl Wilson missing through injury. Broom had trials at Torquay United last week and that, as Town boss Dowling says, is a real feather in the club's cap: "He (Broom) is the only player from the South Devon lads who stuck with us after the managerial change and it just goes to show that here at Town there are opportunities to put yourself in the shop window so to speak. Mark has done very well for us and I am certainly not going to stand in his way if he gets the chance to move on up the pecking order in the game."As things stand Town now sit on top of the cluster of six clubs at the foot of the table and that, given the turmoil at the club after just a couple of months of the campaign, represents real progress.Next up is Saturday's trip to Exeter Civil Service, and once again hit man Broom will be missing as he is on Devon under-18 duty, although Dowling is hopeful that both Wilson and Hall may be able to return to the side as Town bid to stay top of that basement six.

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