Vinnicombe frustrated as rain halts side's progress
WITHERIDGE manager Chris Vinnicombe admits he has been frustrated by the recent bad weather that has forced many of his side's games to be postponed.
The player-manager, who took charge of the club in late October, saw his side hit the ground running winning five games on the bounce, including an impressive 2-1 win away at Camelford who were third in the table at the time.
However, following a 3-0 win against Liskeard Athletic in mid-November, Withy have only managed to play one game – a 6-1 win against Bovey Tracey.
"We were unbeaten in five and we have had a couple of games postponed," said a disappointed Vinnicombe. "Our challenge was, can we keep the run going? Because momentum is a massive thing in football.
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"If you can keep playing games and keep winning week in, week out it helps massively.
"But the weather has stopped us in our tracks and the question now is, do we stop, stand still and go backwards or do we continue this run and keep pushing on? That is going to be a challenge as well. Hopefully we can keep pushing on and keep putting on points."
Witheridge face Cullompton on Boxing Day, with a dry spell needed for the Speeds Meadow ground to recover from the rainfall over the weekend.
It is a game Vinnicombe desperately wants to see given the go-ahead as after that Witheridge are not due to play again until January 12, when they face St Blazey at home.
Meanwhile in the Peninsula League Division One East Crediton manager Jon Veale is confident his side can pick up a much-needed win when they travel to Okehampton Argyle on Boxing Day after being buoyed by the news of six new recruits for the match.
With the Devon & Exeter League taking a break from fixtures over the festive period, Veale has managed to call up players from Morchard Bishop and Bow AAC to help him out for the Boxing Day match.
"I have got several lads coming in from the local leagues, with some good players from Morchard Bishop and Bow," said Veale. "The biggest asset is goalkeeper Mike Serrell," said Veale. "He is the Morchard Bishop goalkeeper and is one of the best amateur keepers in the area.
"He should be playing in the Western League or above, but due to work commitments on Saturday he can't play any higher than he is at the moment."
Crediton go into the match on a bad run of form, having lost 5-0 away at relegation rivals Plymstock United in their last match.
Veale was hampered that day by a lack of availability, with only 11 players travelling to Deans Cross for that match. Veale will be without Jamie Williams, who has caught glandular fever, and Tom Mathews, who ruptured his ankle ligaments in the defeat to Plymstock. However, given that Veale has some experienced players coming into the squad and that Emlyn Harris and Shaun Waring have made the step up from the reserve team, he is confident ahead of the game.
"Performances have not been bad, they have been about 70 per cent good," said Veale.
"The problem we have been having is that we have been conceding the first goal and, with the inexperience we have got in the side, heads have dropped. It shouldn't happen this Wednesday with the experience we have coming into the side."
Following the match against Okehampton on Boxing Day (11am), Crediton then face a home match against fourth in the table Stoke Gabriel on Saturday (3pm).