Breslan wants Teigns to stop the rot at Civil
TEIGNMOUTH manager Geoff Breslan says he would settle for a point away to Exeter Civil Service on Saturday as the club looks to end a four-match losing streak in the league.
The Teigns were the division's early pace-setters, and administered a 7-2 beating to Premier Division outfit Liverton United in the Throgmorton Cup as they made a sensational start to the campaign.
Their form has stuttered since then in the shape of four straight league defeats, although a 5-1 win at Watts Blake Bearne in the Devon Premier Cup on Saturday hints at better things to come.
But Breslan knows they will be in for a tough afternoon at a resurgent Civil.
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"We will turn the corner and start getting the results – I am sure of it," said Breslan, who has a fully fit squad at his disposal, meaning a return for the likes of Steve Mardell, Clay Bond and new signing Adam Hill.
"Three points would be great but the most important thing for us is just to stop this losing streak in the league.
"We know Civil Service are a good side at home. We beat them 2-0 on the opening day but we have both signed players and are better teams since then."
Breslan also feels the club's performances have not been as bad as scorelines suggest.
"I know it sounds like sour grapes, but we have been on the end of some bad refereeing decisions and some bad luck too," he continued.
"It has been a case of us playing quite well but just not getting the results. It is not a case of me being disappointed with the performances.
"At the start of the season things were hitting the post and bar then dropping in, but now they are hitting the post and bar and coming out.
"I know results have not been good enough but it is hard because I can't blame the players."
Carl Cliff-Brown weighed in with two of the goals on Saturday, while Mark Forrester, Breslan and Liam McAuley added the others.
Civil defeated Heavitree Social United 2-1 thanks to a brace from Nick Murray.
Crediton United's new manager Jon Veale is looking to bolster the first team squad with local youngsters from the club's reserves.
Former Royal Marines boss Veale, whose side host Galmpton United on Saturday, has taken over at Lord's Meadow as the permanent replacement for Warren Patmore.
And Veale – whose Kirton outfit did not play at the weekend – believes there is currently a divide between the Crediton first team and second team because some of the reserve players have been overlooked by previous managers – and it is something that he is particularly keen to put right.
Veale said: "Previous managers have discarded the second team lads and the local lads of Morchard Bishop and that sort of area.
"There are so many players in the second team that should be, and are far good enough, to play in the first team, but because of money and whatever previous other managers have done, it is going to be a real uphill task.
"I know what has happened with previous managers. Buying players if you like, with silly offers.
"We are not in a position to do that, but there are lads that I want from the second team."
Veale added that he would be looking to bring some of his old Royal Marines players into the side to help him out in getting results in the short term.
But Veale also said that, because of Crediton's small budget, the club would be looking to promote youth players rather than offer players 'silly money' to play for the club.
The second team play in Division Three of the Devon & Exeter League, but Veale is confident plenty of their players can make the step up to Peninsula League football.
"The second team have played 10 games and they are unbeaten," said Veale.
"They are top of the league and they are in all the cup competitions, so it is going to be very hard for those lads to walk away from that.
"But I think some of the better lads should want to play the best level of football they can play."
League leaders Newton Abbot Spurs host Stoke Gabriel on Saturday, having beaten Galmpton United 2-1 on Saturday in the Devon Premier Cup.
Adam Dyson scored both the goals to give them a second win over the same side in as many weeks.
Exmouth Town welcome Axminster Town to Southern Road fresh from a 5-1 battering of Totnes & Dartington.
Dan Boere and Karl Rickard both scored twice in the rout, with Ace High adding a single to the tally.
Exeter University go to Totnes & Dartington on Saturday also in high spirits after they hammered Vospers Oak Villa 8-0.
Mike Dale grabbed a hat-trick for the Students, while Tom Whittingham (2), Matt Langley, Jessie Wilson and Magnus Assmundson also got in on the goalscoring act.
Budleigh Salterton go to Plymstock United looking to keep the pressure on leaders Newton Abbot.
The Robins needed penalties to beat Shakespeare having drawn 1-1 after extra time.
Tim Nield scored a late leveller for Danny Williams' men, who then prevailed 4-1 on spot-kicks.
Alphington squeezed past Sidmouth Town 1-0 after extra time thanks to a diving header from John Holding three minutes from the final whistle.
Okehampton Argyle travel to BOCA Seniors on Saturday for their Devon Premier Cup second round match.