Goals ratio not adding up well
GALMPTON United joint-manager Steve Parkin said he has considered his own position after his team's disastrous start to the season – including a 4-2 defeat at Teignmouth last weekend.
Parkin's side face another tough test on Saturday as they take on Axminster Town in the last fixture at Sector Lane (3pm) – a clash which the hosts will be especially determined not to lose.
Parkin and fellow joint-boss Richard Ridley guided the greens to third in Division One East last season, and have added a raft of quality signings over the summer.
Championship-winning players Robbie Bowker, Shane Shobbrook and Steve Mason have all signed from Liverton United, while another four players have joined from Stoke Gabriel.
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But Galmpton struggled to match Teignmouth last weekend, who were organisationally and physically superior – and 2-0 up inside 30 minutes.
Carl Cliff-Brown scored both – and won't have had two easier chances – before the hosts pulled a goal back 10 minutes into the second half through Kev Wills' penalty.
Teigns then restored the two-goal margin when Steve Mardell was set-up by Craig Stonelake, before Robbie Bowker made it 3-2 after good work from Wills. It was the visitors who had the last word with substitute Sam Chapman pulling the ball back for Liam McAuley to hit home from 25 yards.
Parkin said: "From a managerial point of view, we're having to score at least three goals every game to win, and that's not good enough.
"We've conceded 10 goals in four games, which is 2.5 goals a game – so we need to score three to win matches. And you're not going to win many matches like that.
"Carl [Cliff-Brown] scored two goals in the first half hour and has not had to work hard for one of them.
He added: "It's one of those situations where you ask 'is it me?' And do they need to have a change of manager to get it right?
"I read what other people think about us and defensively we're not good enough. Whatever we're doing, it's not good enough."
Parkin's squad is still missing top scorer Dan Rankin and the injured Alex Bayliss, while Robbie Bowker and Lloyd Clarke are ruled out this weekend. Steven Bowker and Jamie Bonner could step in.
It doesn't look like being an easy game for Galmpton, as the Tigers have won three of their five opening games, and lost just once.
He said: "They [Axminster] are on a good run, scoring goals and their confidence is up – but it has to turn around at some stage."
TEIGNMOUTH joint-manager Geoff Breslan believes he has a frontline which will be a threat to any team in Division One East this season – including this weekend's opposition, Plymstock United.
Teigns take on the league new-boys – who have swapped over from the West – at Coombe Valley on Saturday (3pm), after four wins from their first six games.
Galmpton United were their latest victims, last weekend, in a match which included two goals from Carl Cliff-Brown.
Steve Mardell and Liam McAuley have also been regulars at finding the net for Teigns, while Sam Chapman has proven his own worth despite having been used as a substitute. Breslan admitted the addition of Cliff-Brown to his line-up has given him a strikeforce to be envied.
"He [Cliff-Brown] just came over and had a look as he wasn't too happy where he was, and he's really enjoying it. He's scored seven goals in three games but it's not just him – with a front three like we've got we're going to create chances to score goals against teams.
"If we keep playing the way we have been, we will be a threat to anyone."
Breslan may be without Mark Forrester this weekend, as he was due to see a doctor over a suspected hernia, while Jack Baxter has now gone to university in Gloucester and will have a cameo role.
Coming back into the squad is Darrol Brown, who has completed his four-match ban from accumulated yellow cards last season.
TOTNES and Dartington manager Sav Savva is urging better concentration as his side take on Okehampton Argyle at home on Saturday (3pm).
Tots were 3-1 up with 15 minutes to play at home to Newton Abbot Spurs last Saturday, but somehow finished up losing 5-3 in a Tottenham Hotspur-style capitulation.
Things had earlier looked rosy for Savva's side which included debuts for Shaun Halden and Elliott Rogers, and a return to action for Jamie Rose.
Halden had headed his side into a 20th-minute lead, while second-half goals from Jack Thomas and John Rimmer seemed to have sewn up all three points. But four goals in the last quarter of an hour left Tots dazed.
"I was disappointed with the result – how we lost it was incredible," said Savva.
"When you are 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go, you should tie it up, but it's just something we've got to learn from and move on."
He added: "We had a few changes but I'm not blaming that as we were 3-1 up and going well until the last 15 minutes. I warned my players that they [Spurs] wouldn't stop running until the final whistle. To be fair, they punished us when it mattered."
Savva welcomes back striker Jamie Chamberlain into his squad for this weekend.
NEWTON Abbot Spurs manager Paul Dyson expects to be able to pick from a full squad for the first time this season when they host Budleigh Salterton at The Rec on Saturday (3pm).
Spurs travelled to Exmouth Town last night – after the Herald Express had gone to press – on the back of a dramatic 5-3 win over Totnes and Dartington last weekend.
Late goals from Marc Revell, Mark Dyson, Matt Micklewright and Joe Andrews – all in the last 15 minutes – saw Spurs come back from 3-1 down.
The win saw Spurs rise to second in the table, yet boss Dyson expects to pick from a full squad for the first time this weekend, with Mark Smale back and Adam Dyson expected to be fit after suffering chicken pox. Jamie Dyson was not expected to be on the team sheet last night but should also be available on Saturday, and take his regular role at centre-half.
Payback will also be on Spurs minds, as it was Budleigh who inflicted a 2-1 defeat on them last month.
"That's the only game we've lost so far this season, so we would like to pay them back for that one," said Dyson.
"It's definitely a game we will be looking to win, especially as it's on our own patch."
STOKE Gabriel player-manager Gary Fisher is looking for defensive concentration from the kick-off when they travel to Alphington on Saturday (3pm).
Stoke Gabriel conceded within a minute last weekend and it was not the first time they have started slowly.
He said: "We have conceded a lot of goals early on and we will be working to address that."
Despite the shaky start Stoke Gabriel impressed in their 6-2 victory over the previously unbeaten Budleigh Salterton.
A brace from Jordan Hopkins sandwiched a Dave Worthington double and goals from both Fisher and Mark Newbould.