Sidmouth Town talk with manager Josh Stunell

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town Josh Stunell was delighted with the way his team bounced back at University after the defeat to Teignmouth.

He said: “Saturday was a huge disappointment. It was a real chance for us to put one over a Teignmouth side who I felt did not look anything like some of the Teign sides we’ve seen in recent seasons. I felt they were there to be beaten. Their surface was not good; sadly, that has to be said. I thought it was not a surface becoming of a Peninsula League club. That’s a shame for them (Teignmouth) as they have always been a top side in our league, but that pitch is not in good condition right now.

“However, I cannot blame the pitch for our losing as we created so many chances and the fact we did not come back with anything from Teignmouth was simply down to our inability to convert chances.”

I guess I knew that it was not going to be our day when Cameron goes round the goalkeeper at the start of the second half, puts him on his bottom and then misses the target. When that sort of thing happens you known it is not going to be your day. We went on to create enough chances to win two games, but it didn’t go our way!

One of the biggest culprits with regard to missing excellent goal scoring opportunities at Teignmouth was Cameron Vere who was then the two-goal star at University just 60 hours later!

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Stunell said: “It speaks volumes for young Cameron (Vere) that, after the Teigns defeat he came to me and apologised for his performance. We spoke at length and I told him that good players quickly put indifferent shifts behind and out in the next game and deliver. I said that, on this occasion, he had an ideal opportunity as we were straight back I action on the Monday night following the Saturday game. So, for him to score inside 20 seconds was incredible. He looked the part at University, as did the team. That was arguably the most complete performance I have seen from a Town team for some time.

“We saw exactly what Ryan (Davies) brings to the party. His presence in midfield was a big factor in us gaining control of that area early on and staying in charge. There is no doubt in my mind that he is going to be a big player for us. Ryan and Aaron (Doble) formed a most effective unit in central midfield and that combination will serve us well this season.”

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Stunell also felt that there was a new strength to his team and it was not actually the 11 players on the pitch!

He said: “The bench – just a look at the subs bench told me that we had got it right. There is serious competition for places at Manstone Lane now. Every position in the team is covered and every player who gets the shirt knows he has to deliver to keep it!

“Take the number one shirt as a prime example. On Saturday at Teignmouth, with no Alex Bowring who was unavailable, we turned to 17-year-old Adam Bartlett and he did not let us down. He was nervous, of course, that is to be expected, but he produced some good saves, commanded his area well, and certainly looks to have a bright future ahead of him.”

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