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Jones calls for Willand Rovers players to keep up fine form

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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WILLAND Rovers boss Clive Jones has urged his players to maintain their recent league form and haul themselves away from the relegation zone.

Jones' men visit Street on Saturday having hammered Bridport 4-0 on last weekend, while Tuesday's Devon St Luke's Bowl tie against Exeter City was postponed.

And Jones feels Saturday's victory was an illustration of what his Willand side are capable of, although he admits they must perform to those standards more often.

"We have got to keep going and going and get away from that end of the table," said Jones. "The first-half display was tense and Ryan Draper has made a fantastic save right on half-time. We could have gone in at 2-1, but that save made us all laugh and gave us something to talk about at half-time.

"We knew that the next goal was going to be important and we got it from that shot from Jake (Wannell).

"Then we showed what Willand can do. We could have got five or six, that would have flattered us but I'm pleased for everybody really."

Saturday's win was Rovers' first back-to-back victories in the league since September.

Willand opened the scoring in the first half when 18-year-old Josh Luxton went on a mazy run before squaring the ball for Danny Jee to fire home. George Rogers then crossed for Danny Baily to make it 2-0.

Willand had Ryan Draper to thank for keeping their 2-0 lead intact as he produced two fine saves. Wannell then scored with a cross-turned-shot, before they managed a fourth as Scott Rogers fired into the top corner.

Meanwhile, Elmore manager Pete Buckingham is bemoaning another long journey for his side this weekend as they make the 186-mile round trip to face Bradford Town.

The Eagles head into the game off the back of a heavy 4-1 thumping at home to Cribbs Friends Life, although Buckingham insists he has already moved on from that disappointing result.

"I have already put Saturday's result out of my head and I am just focusing this Saturday now," said Buckingham.

"It is another away game and another journey for us, and it certainly is quite a distance.

"I'm going to have to work hard to get a team together for it because it is a long way for us to go and I know already that Gav Meecham can't make it.

"They (Cribbs Friends Life) were worthy winners because they punished our errors, simple as that."

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