Taylor reads riot act to under-performing squad
MIKE Taylor has read his Cullompton side the riot act ahead of their Premier Division battle with bottom-of-the-table Tavistock after watching his side crash out of the FA Vase on Saturday.
Cully were facing Tavistock in that match – a team that hadn't recorded a win in nine league and cup games – but lost after several players under-performed.
Taylor says he will be left with no option but to ring the changes for Wednesday's league match.
"We got what we deserved and that was absolutely nothing," said Taylor, whose side missed a host of early chances before striking a post late on.
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"The players' attitude was poor, there were quite a few who were lacklustre and the other lads had to carry them. That can't be the case on Wednesday, it will have to be eradicated. There will be a few changes made."
Taylor has Sam Kemp and Jeff Sanders to call on again and says those players left out as a result can have no complaints.
"Performances like Saturday won't be tolerated, no ifs or buts about it," added Taylor.
"I told the players in the changing room after the match that bar three or four, if any of them are put on the bench or left out of the squad completely on Wednesday, they have got no argument.
"The vast majority of the team was poor and it is not fair that the other lads have to carry them. It is not fair on the club either and it is not fair on the management and that attitude will not be condoned, we will nip it in the bud and we will nip it in the bud early."
Elmore were not in action on Saturday, but face a daunting looking home match against Bodmin Town on Saturday.
Eagles manager Pete Buckingham is still looking to boost his injury-hit squad, but might not be able to get anybody in time for Saturday's game.
"I was interested in Ian Patchett (from Willand), but I've been told he is off to Exmouth," said Buckingham.
"There is also another player I've made an enquiry about and another player who is on holiday, who I can't speak to at the moment, but will be speaking to on his return."
Buckingham's side were last in action against Tiverton Town on Wednesday when they lost 4-1 at home in the second round of the Devon St Luke's Bowl.
The Eagles boss admitted the better side won the match, but having led for an hour through James Skinner's strike, Buckingham was less than impressed with a disparaging account of his side on the Tiverton Town website.
"I thought Tiverton were a bit disrespectful on their website," said Buckingham. "The report said that they totally dominated the first half, but we went in 1-0 up at half-time."
Meanwhile Crediton have ended their poor run of form in Division One East by picking up a well-earned point away at Appledore on Saturday.
Joint player-manager Matt Trenaman, whose side face Sidmouth Town at home tonight (Tuesday), was pleased with the result, but a little disappointed they didn't win having led 1-0 with nine minutes to go thanks to Perry Carpenter's second half goal.
"I think before the game we thought a point was going to be a good result for us," said Trenaman.
"But being 1-0 up and conceding a soft goal with 10 minutes to go, you do feel a little disappointed after match."
Trenaman did take solace though from his side's defensive focus from the start of the game – a problem that has plagued them at times this season.
"Recently we have kind of shot ourselves in the foot so early on in games. So from that aspect it was very pleasing," he said.
"We defended a lot more solid and we were more focussed. It was just a shame we couldn't see out the result."
Witheridge will be holding a players' reunion over the weekend of November 16 and 17.
The weekend will see a Witheridge legends team take on an Exeter City legends side, with the proceeds going to Hospiscare. Any veteran players wanting to play in that match should contact Andre Pike on 07974 100736.