Carpenter still content after first loss of season
JOINT-PLAYER manager Perry Carpenter is pleased with the start Crediton United have made to the new season, despite seeing their unbeaten run come to an abrupt halt with a 4-1 home loss to Okehampton Argyle on Friday.
Brad Ausden did well to convert the rebound from Ed Squires' effort to put Okey in front, but an own goal drew Kirton level.
Despite being much the better side after the break – and creating a number of chances – Crediton conceded two quick counter-attacking goals, with Dale Chadwick and Steve Kinsey wrapping up the points for the visitors.
Carpenter admitted losing their unbeaten record at home was disappointing, but insisted two wins, one draw and a solitary loss still represented a solid start for the Lord's Meadow side.
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"We knew we were never going to go the rest of the campaign undefeated, but it is a shame we have lost the record like that," said Carpenter, whose side visit Plymstock United on Saturday.
"If we had scored when we were on top of the game at 2-1 down then who knows what would have happened? Their third goal was the killer. It was definitely against the run of play – we were on top for the 15 minutes after we came out for the second half.
"Full credit to Okehampton though – they did what we have been doing to teams this season.
"They were dogged, closed us down, didn't give us time on the ball and had two very good wingers. We never got hold of them and I think they were the difference.
"Still, if I had been offered seven points from the first four games I probably would have taken it."
Carpenter admitted that their promising start was even more pleasing having watched Crediton struggle so much last season before eventually finishing bottom of the pile.
And he feels putting his faith in local and unproven players is paying off.
"We have got local players back at the club which is what everyone wanted and hopefully we can go on getting people back through the gates.
"It was tough for (previous manager) Jon Veale as he just couldn't attract the players, but with Matt (Trenaman) and I being from the town, we could get players in from local sides who we thought were good enough but hadn't been given the opportunity in the past."