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Wheel of fortune is spinning for Clive Jones

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

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Willand Rovers manager Clive Jones believes fortune is slowly turning in favour of his team ahead of today's Toolstation Western League Premier Division home game against Winterbourne United.

Jones heads into the match after Tuesday's League game at Ilfracombe Town was postponed, which delayed Rovers' attempt to bounce back from a 4-3 extra-time defeat to Horndean in the FA Carlsberg Vase last Saturday.

Jones admitted to feeling "horrible" after watching his side crash out of the Vase, but he does feel things are slowly improving for the struggling Silver Street side, who have only hard-up Barnstaple Town below them in the table.

"Things are slowly getting better for us and we are putting in good performances now," said Jones. "I do think things are slowly turning for us.

"Considering how bad things were for us at the start of the season, I think we are slowly improving but we still have a long way to go."

Looking back at the Vase exit, Jones admitted: "It was horrible. Over the years I have tried to not get too high with the wins or too low with the defeats, but the match last Saturday was horrible."

Ilfracombe, who lost 3-2 at home to Radstock Town last weekend, have another home game against Gillingham Town today.

After the loss to Radstock, Ilfracombe manager Ross Middleton said: "We are scoring goals for fun. Unfortunately, we are not keeping clean-sheets. That's not a knock at my defenders, as a team we need to be better.

"It's a learning curve. It's a new squad and we keep saying how good they could be. But we have played 20-odd games so we should be starting to learn now," Middleton added.

In the First Division, Elmore boss Pete Buckingham believes his side's challenge for a place in the top six is back on, ahead of the visit of Calne Town today.

The Eagles emerged from a tough fixture away to Keynsham Town with a 3-1 victory last time out, courtesy of an own goal, a superb chip from Tom Kelly and Matt Harvey's close-range effort.

The former Cullompton Rangers manager feels the league table is now looking much healthier for Elmore.

"If you look at the league table now it is respectable," said Buckingham. "We are mid-table and I think top eight or even top six is possible.

"We've used so many players recently that I've lost count but, for the last three games, we've played the same defence and that has made a huge difference," he added.

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