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Jones keen for payback against Ilfracombe

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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WILLAND Rovers boss Clive Jones says he is 'keen to set the record straight' when they visit Ilfracombe Town on Saturday.

Ilfracombe recorded a 2-0 win at Silver Street when the two sides met back in August to make it four straight defeats for Willand and send them bottom.

Things have picked up of late – despite Saturday's match at Longwell Green Sports being postponed due to the weather – after recording three league wins on the bounce.

Willand went down 5-4 on penalties at home to Exeter City on Tuesday night in the Devon St Luke's Bowl, having drawn 1-1 after 90 minutes. Lloyd Beech scored Willand's goal, with Matt Jay equalising, before James Ansell hit the bar with the crucial penalty.

But Jones knows wins in the league are still the priority as they look to climb the table.

"We need the points, we are at the wrong end of the table," he said. "Ilfracombe beat us 2-0 at our place earlier in the season and I want to put the record straight."

Elsewhere, Pete Buckingham admits the first half of the season has been 'one to forget' for Elmore, as countless away trips and postponed matches has seen them struggle.

The Eagles need to finish outside the bottom two to make their proposed sideways move to the Peninsula League Premier Division in the summer.

And with more than 10 home games to come between now and the end of the season, Buckingham is sure they can do it.

"Our aim is to finish in a mid-table position. I'm quite confident, with the run of home games we have got and the sides we have still got to play, that we will be able to achieve that," said Buckingham, whose side visit Hengrove Athletic on Saturday having gone to Wellington last night (Wednesday).

Buckingham has also signed former Eagle James Blake, adding: "He scores goals. He has been prolific for Elmore before. I think a couple of seasons back he scored 40 plus in a season and then of course went on to bigger and better things with Taunton Town, but he has been in and out of their side so he has come back to us.

"I'm hoping we can keep him until the end of the season but, if he starts banging in the goals again, Taunton may want him back."

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