Holding asked to solve Alphas' scoring issue
ALPHINGTON manager John Moore believes he has found the missing piece in his goal-scoring puzzle with the signing of striker Jonathan Holding.
The former Phoenix Club striker joined the Alphas last week and impressed Moore in their 2-0 win away to Plymstock, which came thanks to a Matt Wonnacott double.
Alphington entertain South Devon Football League side Brixham on Saturday in the Devon Premier Cup, and Moore feels the acquisition of the striker will mean more goals for the club.
"We were creating the chances but we did not have anybody to put them away, and that is where Jonathan comes in," said Moore, who should have a full-strength squad available on Saturday, including Peter Darke back from injury.
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"He has come in and he looks like a really good player. He turned up for training on Thursday and started on Saturday and he looked quality.
"I know he did not score on Saturday but he made a real difference. We have been really impressed with him so far.
"We have been playing well but not scoring goals. Against Stoke Gabriel (a 1-0 defeat), we lost but did not take any of the chances we created.
"But we are still playing well and have not been hammered by anybody all season."
Meanwhile, Dave Evans feels he has the strongest Exeter University squad available to him since he has been in charge at Topsham Road.
The Students host Plymstock United on Saturday in the cup, and Evans believes that, once the players spend more time together, they will be among the best in the division.
"I think it is probably the strongest team I have had available to me in the 10 years that I have been here," said Evans.
"We are missing Nashy (Ben Nash) who scored all the goals for us last season, but our all-round strength is very good.
"The competition for places is excellent and I think that, once we have had a few more weeks of training, we will be a match for anybody in this division."
One major concern for Evans is that the Students played their annual match against Exeter City on Tuesday.
"In all of the years we have played against Exeter City we have never won in the cup the following weekend," explained Evans.
"I think it is because the players get a little bit overexcited and they tire themselves out and it takes a while to recover."
The University drew 2-2 with Exeter Civil Service last time out, with Tom Lees scoring both as they twice came from behind.
Shaun Densham and Steve Morrish netted for Civil, who take on Shamwickshire on Saturday.
Crediton United will be looking to carry on where left off at the weekend at home to Holsworthy.
Former manager Warren Patmore resigned last week, but Kirton went on to win 3-1 away to then-league leaders Teignmouth.
Ally Sawer, Jeff Saunders and Dave O'Connor netted for the visitors, with Carl Cliff-Brown responding for a Teigns side who take on Staverton & Landscove on Saturday.
Exmouth Town go to Chittlehampton after a fine 4-3 win at Stoke Gabriel on Saturday, with goals from Carl Rickard, Ben Shephard, Andy Thompson and Adam Fowler.
Okehampton Argyle host Bradworthy while Axminster Town welcome Bideford Reserves, after Okey drew 0-0 with the Tigers on Saturday. Okehampton also travelled to Exmouth Town last night.
Sidmouth Town's woes continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Newton Abbot Spurs.
Tom Sercombe scored the goal which sent Spurs top and kept the Vikings rooted to the foot of the table and still searching for a first league win.
Sidmouth play Plymouth Parkway Reserves while Spurs take on Barnstaple AAC on Saturday.
Budleigh Salterton came back from a half-time two-goal deficit to record an excellent 5-3 win away to Galmpton United at the weekend.
Mark Lever hit a hat-trick and Steven Bowker and Danny Williams scored the others.
The Robins play host to Chard United on Saturday.