Yellows are yet to see the best of strike partnership
DAVE Pearse believes there are even more goals to come from his prolific partnership with Joe Bushin as they become accustomed to each other's playing style.
Pearse has impressed since signing for Tiverton Town at the end of October from Bridgwater Town, with his high workrate and link-up play with Bushin both standing out.
Bushin – who is the division's top scorer with 17 goals – has netted 10 times in the 11 games since Pearse arrived at Ladysmead. And Pearse, who has netted twice in Tivvy's last four games himself, says there is even more to come from both players as their partnership develops.
"We (he and Bushin) are completely different players – I do all the running for him and he puts the ball in the back of the net," explained the former Bideford forward. But we do link up well together. We haven't even had to work on it in training or anything – it has all come naturally.
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"To be fair, I've been in and out of the side a little bit, but I think that if we can get five or six games together straight then we will be even better.
"My first couple of games were against Merthyr and Winchester and they both went well and I worked well with Joe, so it has gone from there really."
While Bushin has been catching the eye with his lethal form in front of goal, Pearse managed to net his first goal in Tivvy colours in the 2-1 home defeat to Poole Town at the start of December.
He added his second in a draw with Evesham United – where the Yellows surrendered a two-goal cushion to end the game at 2-2.
And Pearse concedes that scoring more goals is the one area of his game he wants to significantly improve in the near future.
"I think goals is the one area I need to add to my game," he said.
"I can do all the running and industrious stuff but I do need to score more, although I suppose with the form Joe is in at the moment it doesn't matter quite so much.
"I certainly needed that goal (against Poole Town) to get off the mark and it was nice to add another one against Evesham.
"I'm not really one for targets though. I think I got 14 last season for Bridgwater so it would be nice to beat that but I'm not too fussed."
Turning his attentions to the squad's strong points, Pearse believes the Yellows' strength in depth and adaptability mean they should mount a strong play-off challenge this season.
"We try and play good football at Tivvy and that is great, but the good thing is that if we have to go direct then we can do," he said.
"We have a really good, big squad here – I think Mark is actually quite lucky in that respect. We just have to push on and get to those play-off places."