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Taylor wants to call in reinforcements

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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CULLOMPTON Rangers manager Mike Taylor says he is looking to sign two more experienced defenders in a bid to tighten up at the back.

Taylor has already recruited his former Witheridge keeper John Wannell, who should start Saturday's match at Ivybridge Town.

Wannell featured in Tuesday's 2-1 home defeat to Bovey Tracey, having made his debut in 2-2 draw at Falmouth Town, with Cully coming back from two goals down.

And Taylor heaped praise on his new keeper as he explained his plans for strengthening his defence.

"I may look to bring in a couple of old, wise heads to tighten things up a little bit at the back but we are looking much better now," he stated.

"John was with me at Witheridge and I think he will be a tremendous signing for the club because he is a really talented goalkeeper.

"I think he is a great addition to Cullompton and so is Sam Kemp because he is a brilliant player. I think the team will do very well with both of the in the squad."

With Cully 2-0 down at half-time on Saturday, a stern team talk and the introduction of Jack Towill for Paul Dugard followed, and goals from Marcus Pethick and Ryan Leverton levelled the match.

Witheridge go to Liskeard Athletic on Saturday with manager Chris Vinnicombe far from happy, despite seeing his side make it four wins from four in a thrilling win over Torpoint Athletic at the weekend.

Steve Ebdy and Dan Thompson put Withy 2-0 up, only for Shane White to hit two goals to level the scores.

Ebdy then made it 3-2 to Witheridge before Karl Curtis and Jamie Dirrane both saw red and Torpoint's Tom Hall made it 3-3.

But Vinnicombe's men hit back straight away through an Ebdy penalty to win the match.

"Probably the only good thing to come out of that game was that we won," said former Exeter City defender Vinnicombe.

"In the second half the referee started making silly decisions and their players got on his back and focusing on what he was doing and we got sucked into that.

"Jamie Dirrane then got punched in the face and ran screaming to the referee and he sent him off.

"I told the lads afterwards that we just need to focus on what we are doing and not what the opposition are doing."

Bovey Tracey host winless Penzance on Saturday looking for maximum points.

Along with Tuesday's 2-1 win over Cullompton Rangers, Bovey lost 3-1 on Saturday at home to St Austell, with Hayden Roe scoring their only goal of the game.

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