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'Vital' spell for Cully

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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CULLOMPTON Rangers manager Mike Taylor believes the next two weeks will be 'absolutely vital' to his side's survivial hopes.

Taylor's men welcome Torpoint Athletic to Speeds Meadow on Saturday before travelling to bottom-of-the-table Penzance the following week.

And Taylor appreciates that these two matches could have a significant bearing on their fortunes this season.

"To be honest, I think that the next two weeks will be absolutely vital," he said.

"We have Torpoint at home and then we go to Penzance, who really are struggling at the bottom of the table.

"Those are two massive games for us so we need to make sure we play well in them.

"I think Torpoint will be a toughie. We beat them before I took over so it is important that we beat them again."

Taylor also wants his side to toughen up after watching them being 'bullied' in their 4-2 defeat at Ivybridge Town on Saturday.

Finding themselves 2-0 down, Cully's Jack Towill pulled one back, but two more goals sealed things before Marcus Pethick's fine strike reduced the arrears.

"It was a fair result," conceded Taylor. "We got bullied a bit and they were very direct and played a certain way.

"We made a few too many individual mistakes, but they were bigger and stronger than us at the end of the day."

Chris Vinnicombe wants his Witheridge players to keep doing the basics right ahead of their match against Penzance.

The Edge Down Park side – who were forced to postpone Tuesday night's home game with Elburton Villa due to a waterlogged pitch – have reacted well to Vinnicombe taking the reins, with five wins from their last five games.

And Vinnicombe wants his players to stick to the basics to maintain their good form.

"We have spoken a lot about doing the simple things right and just focusing on doing the right thing," he said.

"If you are in a tight spot, concentrate on clearing it first and then worry about other things later.

"We are doing the basics right and if we keep doing that then there's no reason we can't keep our form going."

Vinnicombe praised his players for following his advice in Saturday's victory over Liskeard Athletic – their fifth league win on the bounce.

The former Tiverton Town boss criticised his players for letting Torpoint Athletic's disruptive tactics go to their heads two weeks ago in a 4-3 win which saw Jamie Dirrane dismissed.

This time, Dan Thompson's early goal, a penalty from Steve Ebdy and Jordan Charran's chip settled the contest, leaving Vinnicombe delighted.

"I told them not to let themselves get caught up in any nasty stuff and let it affect them because good teams don't do that," he said. "Considering everything that went on, I said to the players that we had to concentrate on doing the right things individually and as a team."

Bovey Tracey go to St Blazey on Saturday having become the only team not to collect maximum points off Penzance this season.

The pair drew 2-2 on Saturday, with Hayden Roe and Roger Bonaparte scoring for Bovey.

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