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Taylor praises Cully progress after big win

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

Football
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MIKE Taylor believes Cullompton Rangers' convincing win over relegation rivals Penzance shows how far the club have come under his stewardship.

Cully ran out handsome winners at Speeds Meadow thanks to doubles from Ryan Leverton and Sam Kemp, who bagged the goals in the first 33 minutes.

The visitors pulled one back just after the break, but Taylor heaped praise on his players as they held on for victory after a disruptive week.

"It was probably one of the toughest weeks in management I have had leading up to the game because I thought I was only missing one player in the build-up but, come match day, I was missing seven," said Taylor, whose side host Liskeard Athletic in their next match.

"I had to change things around a lot in terms of formation to accommodate the changes and I was a bit cautious going into the game, but we were absolutely superb.

"We lost three players due to injury during the game and we must have had to change formation three or four times during the match itself.

"We even had to bring on Tony Ali – our reserve keeper – 15 minutes from time and sit on what we had.

"I said to the lads afterwards that it shows how far we have come as a team that we lost seven players and had to change formation, but still won 4-1."

Meanwhile, Witheridge boss Chris Vinnicombe believes a friendly win over Alphington will pay dividends when they host St Blazey on Saturday.

Withy last played competitively a month ago in a 6-1 win over Bovey Tracey and, although the performance was far from perfect, Vinnicombe feels the 2-1 win over the Alphas was just the warm-up they needed.

"We played Alphington on Saturday, which I'm very grateful to (Alphington manager) John Moore for, and we won 2-1," he said. "We said before the game that it was just to blow out some cobwebs, and it was a little frustrating because we were sloppy.

"But it has helped because we needed to get back into the swing of things again."

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