MANAGER Mark Taylor has warned his Teignmouth opposite Geoff Breslan that his Exwick Villa side will be a different proposition to ones they have met in the past.
Villa head to Coombe Valley on Saturday having won both of their league matches this season, bagging 12 goals in the process – 10 of which came in the 10-1 mauling of Liverton United.
Taylor admits he has plenty of respect for Breslan, but says his free-scoring outfit will be looking to take maximum points.
"We are not going there like in previous years to try and nick a point. We are going there looking for the win," said Taylor.
"Teignmouth are a very good side. They have a good manager who has some real pedigree, they are well-organised and it is a tough place to get a result.
"I have said to our guys not to get carried away because with the formation we play and the players we have, we are always going to score goals.
"Where we have to improve is in defence. We are very aware that we need to keep our shape and solidity at the back."
Trebles for Harry Taylor and Shaun Densham helped Villa to their handsome win over Liverton. Chris Clarke, Danny Burwood and the promising Ethan Chalk completed the rout.
"I had a chat with their manager before the match and he admitted to me that they had a very weak side and were struggling to field a full XI," explained Taylor. "But we still had a job to do and you can only beat who is put in front of you. A couple of bad results and your season can spin on a sixpence."
Taylor's men overcame Okehampton Argyle 2-1 on Monday night, with a third-minute strike from Harry Taylor and Jamie Densham's late winner coming either side of an Argyle leveller.
Okehampton visit Stoke Gabriel on Saturday, having also gone down 1-0 at home to Budleigh Salterton on Saturday, with Carl Everest scoring for a Robins side who host Liverton on Saturday.
Teignmouth – who visited Totnes & Dartington last night (Wednesday) – drew 1-1 with Newton Abbot Spurs. Hayden Roe netted on his Teign debut, only for Lee Chapman to level for Spurs, who visit Crediton United on Saturday having beaten Galmpton United 1-0 on Tuesday.
Kirton head into Saturday's match with joint-player manager Matt Trenaman keen to see his side maintain their promising start.
They beat Alphington on Friday, with Adam Bilcock, Steve Goss and Kenny Ord cancelling out Matt Wonnacott's strike.
"We have been looking good in pre-season, particularly in the last three games or so, and we just carried on against Alphington from where we left off," he said.
There was controversy though, as John Holding was booked for vigorously protesting that an Alphas shot had crossed the goal-line. With tempers frayed, he received a second yellow shortly afterwards for a foul.
Trenaman admitted that his side were fortunate, but credited his team for staying calm in a pressure-cooker situation.
"They (Alphington) did not deal with the situation very well and that contributed to their downfall," he said.
"The decisions did go our way on the day but we made the most of our chances and took advantage when they went down to 10 men.
"From where I was on the pitch – and I was actually playing at the time – I did not have a great angle and couldn't really tell if the ball crossed the line.
"It was very close though and I am not disputing that it could have gone over.
"We rode our luck with it but where Alphington let themselves down was the 10 to 15 minutes afterwards when they were only interested in the referee.
"Their player was booked for dissent and then he made a tackle which I thought was fair but, if you have given the referee that much abuse, you can't be surprised if he subsequently ends you off."
Alphas boss Shaun Lyne-Ley paid credit to Kirton, and was happy with things until Holding saw red.
"I think Crediton started the game very well. I heard that they had strengthened and it looked to be the case," said Lyne-Ley, whose side go to Axminster Town on Saturday having played Exeter University last night (Wednesday).
"I was pleased we managed to get a foothold in the game but the red card changed things and we had to adapt a bit."
Discussing his side's development under his control, Lyne-Ley continued: "It is an on-going process. We have looked good going forward but defensively we need to be a bit stronger.
"We also need to work on keeping our shape better, but that will all come over time.
"It's a great club though, the boys love playing for the team."
Axminster lost 4-3 to Appledore on Saturday, despite goals from Danny Bailey (2) and Adam Downes.
The Students host Galmpton having been beaten 3-1 at home to Totnes & Dartington on Saturday. Starting the match with just 10 players due to trouble reaching the ground, they went down to nine men but still scored through Tom Scott.
Sidmouth host Plymstock United having lost 4-1 to Stoke Gabriel, with Andy Laws scoring for the Vikings.