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Liam Sercombe targets more goals after breaking his duck for the campaign

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 18, 2012

Scot Bennett and Pat Baldwin grab Liam Sercombe (centre) in celebration after the midfielder's goal for Exeter City in the Devon derby against Plymouth Argyle picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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After notching his first goal of the season in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City midfielder Liam Sercombe hopes to make it a Devon derby double by notching against Torquay United this weekend.

The Exeter-born 22-year-old opened the scoring with a long-range effort 11 minutes before half-time, but his hopes of being the derby match-winner were dashed by Joe Lennox, who equalised for the Pilgrims on 73 minutes.

The goal was Sercombe's first of the season and he knows the challenge now is to kick on and add more to his game after a lean spell. Towards the end of last season, Sercombe scored five goals in the final five games as the Grecians fell out of npower League One.

"It was a good thing for me to get my first goal against Plymouth and, had I looked at the fixture list and chosen a team to score against, it would have been them. I'm happy and hopefully, I can keep that going now," he said.

"I scored at the away end and I'd prefer to have scored in front of the Big Bank because I had a lot of mates in the Bank. I wanted to go down that end after I scored and celebrate with them, but the lads kept grabbing me, so I ended up celebrating in the middle of the pitch somewhere.

"All I want to do now is to start scoring a few more goals, get a few more wins and stay in the play-offs and the automatic promotion area.

"I have been waiting for a long time and I always think about it the day before the game or on the day of the game that I am going to score. But it has been a while, I hadn't scored this season until now.

"It has been on my mind and I am relieved to get off the mark and, as I say, hopefully I can carry it on."

The draw was disappointing for Exeter in that they held the lead for so long. But Argyle were good value for a point after a dominant second half, although it was the Grecians who had the chances to win the game.

"I was disappointed with the result, really," Sercombe added. "I didn't think the performance was that bad. We had enough chances to win the game and we had the better chances to win the game, but we didn't take those chances.

"We are disappointed to let it slip second half because we wanted to win and we thought we were the better team. We definitely had the better chances to win the game. Curo [Jamie Cureton] had a couple of chances and Scot Bennett had a few headers, but 1-1, that's the way it is."

With Argyle and Torquay playing out a goalless draw when the two sides met at Plainmoor in September, it means there is yet to be a winner in Devon derbies this season. Sercombe hopes that changes this Saturday when Exeter travel to Torquay.

"I can't wait for Torquay now and I would love to get a goal in that game as well. Hopefully we can go down there and beat them," he said.

"At the moment, our away form is better than our home form and I am sure it will be a good game. Hopefully we will have plenty of fans down there to cheer us on."

Only a limited number of tickets remain for Exeter supporters, and they are available to known supporters.

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