Mike Taylor insists his Cullompton Rangers side will not struggle to pick themselves up from for a second derby in as many weeks when they host Witheridge – despite their gut-wrenching defeat to Elmore..
Cully head into the match at Speeds Meadow having lost 1-0 to the Eagles at Horsdon Park last week.
In that match, Taylor’s men had a goal disallowed and a penalty appeal waved away, but only James Blake’s ruthless finish could separate the two sides.
Taylor and Elmore’s Pete Buckingham exchanged words in the aftermath of that game, with both bosses having a very different take on proceedings.
But Taylor claims that, such was the quality of his side’s display, they have no reason to fear Withy.
“The boys in the changing rooms afterwards knew they had done enough to win the game three times over, so will it be hard to pick them up? Not at all,” Taylor said. “I told them afterwards they can hold their heads up because when you lose and play poorly then fine, but when you play that well and are in a different class then they have nothing to be ashamed of.
“If we playing that well then it will not be long before we pull ourselves out of trouble.”
The Eagles visit fellow strugglers Tavistock, but have the wind in their sails with three straight league wins.
And while Buckingham concedes his side are at the wrong end of the table, he feels that will soon change if they can keep up their current form.
“League tables don’t lie and we are right down there, but we have games in hand over teams,” he said. “If we can win a couple of games in hand then we will be right up into mid-table where I said we would be.
“It was only a few weeks ago people were saying ‘oh, Bucks is ever the optimist saying they’re going to get out of trouble’ but we’ve turned it around.”
Withy boss Chris Vinnicombe could not be happier ahead of his side’s derby against Cully.
Not only did they win 2-0 at Falmouth Town thanks to goals from Steve Ebdy and Kyle Bassett, but he also watched as title rivals Exmouth Town and Ivybridge Town played out a draw.
“We have now opened up a little bit of a gap back to sixth place and Exmouth drew with Ivybridge so that did us a favour,” he said. “Those two have only got one game in hand so won’t get too far from us.
“Launceston have played a few more than us so we can catch them while Plymouth still have lots of games to play.”
Exmouth Town boss Richard Pears could not hide his frustration at the 2-2 draw with Ivybridge.
Lloyd Gardner and James Ansell put them 2-0 up only for the visitors to come back, with the leveller coming 96 minutes.
And although Pears gave Ivybridge credit, he felt poor refereeing decisions played a part.
“It was a hugely disappointing result and, although I have to be careful how I say this, I just hope what goes around comes around,” said Pears, whose side do not play this weekend.
“That is the second game recently when the referee’s decisions have gone against us and cost us points.
“We had a blatant goal go against us when he said it had crossed the line but everyone – even me on the touchline – could see it was a yard still in play. We also had a blatant penalty turned down.
“If we had a referee who could handle the intensity of the match then we’d have beaten an excellent Ivybridge side.
“It was still the best team performance we have put in all season. Right from minute one we got at them and scored twice, but they pulled one back and then hit us with the sucker punch in the 96th minute.
“Where he got six minutes from I do not know but I don’t know what goes through a referee’s head sometimes.”
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