Exmouth Town boss speaks on midweek loss to Saltash United

PUBLISHED: 13:55 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55 17 August 2017

Exmouth Town manager Peter Buckingham

Exmouth Town manager Peter Buckingham

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Exmouth Town manager Peter Buckingham was delighted with how his team performed in the second half of the 4-2 midweek defeat to Saltash United under the Southern Road floodlights.

On a night with weather more akin to mid-winter, Town trailed 4-0 at the break, but a spirited second half display suggests that this new-look Town side have plenty of character in their ranks.

Buckingham said: “It was an eye-opener at half-time in the dressing room and underlined, for me, just why this club is such a special one and this new team we are putting together, has the best sort of foundations.

Both Dave [Rowe] and Sam [Cooper] had the ‘bottle’ to hold their hands up and apologise to the lads for their ‘errors’ in that first half. I really respected that from those two and, I do believe, that the younger lads in the dressing room will have learnt much from being there to hear it.”

The Tow boss continued: “To be fair to both lads they were ‘avoidable’ issues. Both were unfortunate, particularly Dave [Rowe] who slipped on what was a greasy surface with the rain that was falling. Sam [Cooper] held his hand up to the fact that he really ought to have cleared his lines.”

So just what else was said at the break to inspire such a promising second 45 minutes?

Buckingham explained saying: “Look, it was quite simple really, we said at the break that this game could now go one of two ways. Either we would continue to admire a very good Saltash United side – and my, they were a slick outfit and will no doubt be there or thereabouts at the end of the season in terms of lofty table status – and so get thumped eight or nine, or, we could bite the bullet and look, at the very least to draw the second half, if not win it. To the players eternal credit they opted for the second one and put on a terrific second half show to be more than good value for their just rewards in that second half.”

The first Town goal was a terrific finish from Joe Barker of whom Buckingham said: “It was a terrific goal and one that I hope the Southern Road faithful enjoyed. I know they will have gone home unhappy having seen us ship four goals, but we were up against a side who will do what they did to us to many a team this season.”

The second goal was a trademark finish by Ace High from a superbly delivered set-piece from Dave Rowe.

Buckingham said: “It was great to see Ace open his account for the season. He finished it well and I fancy that the goals will flow from him now.

He continued: “I really do not want to start making excuses, but the bottom line that, of the team that played last night, just two are ‘survivors’ from last season, that’s how much we have had to change things. Only Dave [Rowe) and Ace [High] remain now and that represents a massive change of playing personnel. It is going to take time for us to gel, but I hope the supporters saw, as I did, in that second half, that we have got the makings of a very tidy team ourselves.”

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