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Danny Coles: 'Snow was no icing on the cake as we wanted to face Rovers'

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Danny Coles

Danny Coles

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WE were gutted when Saturday's game with Bristol Rovers was postponed because of the snow.

When you're in the kind of form we've been in over the last few weeks you just want to get out there and play.

Aside from that, it was a local derby, which always adds a bit of spice – especially for me and Curo, who were born and brought up in Bristol and have both had spells with the Gas.

Just about the only consolation was that the game was called off on Friday morning so at least we knew well in advance and didn't spend half of Saturday wondering whether or not it would go ahead.

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It may have been a rare Saturday off but, rest assured, I didn't spend the day sat in front of the television feasting on the sport that did go ahead. Far from it.

In the morning I took my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Phoenix out to play in the snow and, if I wasn't exhausted enough after that, I spent the afternoon helping my wife, Jordaine, in her new cake shop. It's only been open a couple of weeks but, touch wood, it's going really well.

I really enjoyed mucking in and, while I may be just a little bit biased, if you've got a bit of a sweet tooth and ever find yourself in the vicinity of Bristol's Clifton Village then I'd heartily recommend a trip to The Boutique Bakehouse.

Liam Sercombe popped into the Cat & Fiddle earlier this week. It was good to see the bossman and now he's a little bit more mobile we're hoping we might see him a little more often.

As you might imagine, Sercs is gutted he won't feature again this season but is doing his best to put a brave face on it.

He's got his foot in a boot for another three weeks or so and he'll be on crutches for a good while after that.

I only hope he gets on with them rather better than I did last year – they almost drove me to despair and on more than one occasion I could very easily have thrown them out the window.

While Liam will be missed, it's great that we've been able to bring in another new face in his absence.

All the more so when that face belongs to someone as talented as the former Bournemouth midfielder Mark Molesley.

Anyone who saw Mark play against us last month, while he was on loan at that team down the road, will know what he's capable of.

I thought he was probably their best player and I'm looking forward to playing alongside him.

I know Mark made a big impression when he arrived at Dean Court and that the Cherries had high hopes for him until injury intervened. Fingers crossed he can get his career firmly back on track at St James's Park.

On the basis of what I've seen so far, I'm fairly certain Argyle's loss is going to be our gain.

Returning to the Cat & Fiddle, the inclement weather has meant that, despite the efforts of our top-drawer groundsmen, we haven't been able to spend as much time there as we might have liked over recent weeks.

Monday was one such occasion and instead we enjoyed a rather muddy Haldon Forest.

I'm not too bad a runner but there's no-one to touch Tommy Doherty who lead us all a merry dance with Pat Baldwin, in particular, struggling to keep up – Baldo must thank his lucky stars he's got me beside him in the centre of defence to make sure his lack of pace isn't exposed more often!

Of course, we've no game again this weekend with our home match against Torquay having been moved to Monday for the Sky TV cameras.

It means we'll have gone almost a fortnight without a game which isn't ideal but, then again, the Gulls' game on Saturday also fell victim to the weather so they find themselves in exactly the same boat. As I said in last week's column, I thought we were a shade unfortunate not to take all three points from the game at Plainmoor and, that being the case, see no reason why we shouldn't win a second successive home game for the first time this season.

Frankly, I think we're more than capable of beating pretty much any side in League Two right now.

We just have to make sure that, with this being a TV game, we don't allow any extra hype to distract us from the job in hand.

At the same time, your support is always a huge help so, however cold it might get, please, don't be tempted to stay at home and watch it on the box – get along to the Park and roar us on to victory!

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