FOOTBALL: Teignmouth looking to bounce back from cup disappointment

By Ethan Heppell   |   Apprentice Reporter   |
Friday 22nd October 2021 1:28 pm
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Teignmouth manager Liam Jones. Picture by Steve Pope.

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AN unexpected upset away at North Molton saw Teignmouth crash out of the Devon Premier Cup earlier this month.

But with their cup dreams laid by the wayside after the 1-0 defeat, all eyes now turn to the Teigns’ league longevity for tomorrow’s visit of PAFC FITC Development (3pm).

Can the Devon Football League South & West frontrunners maintain pole position? Or will the Plymouth side tear through the Teigns, taking advantage of the team’s seeming slip-up and school the home side in their own back yard?

It’s the home side’s first game back since the defeat to North Molton in the DPC, which snuffed out hopes of cup success.

This week, Teignmouth manager Liam Jones described that result as ‘disappointing’ and ‘a bit of a shock.’

‘I would not say that we were complacent as we still created several chances, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net and, ultimately, that was our undoing,’ he revealed.

Despite this unforeseen setback, Jones added: ‘We are in a good place and the camp is a positive one...we took the loss on the chin, and it served to refocus the lads.

‘The trick is not to let yourself get too low after a loss and not to let yourself get too high after a win.’

The club has one primary aim this season – to become a Peninsula League football club. Jones is certain that this recent loss has done nothing to change that aim.

A return to winning ways on Saturday is what everyone at the Valley is hoping for – but PAFC FITC Development are surely readying themselves to put a spanner in the works.

Recognising this, Jones explained: ‘At home we are solid and very consistent, and it is essential that we set the tempo of the game.

‘They [PAFC FITC Development] are a young and fit side. There are certain teams in this league that can punish you if you’re not careful and they are one of them.

‘We need to be on our A game. We are in this together, as a manger and a group of players. We are a team.’

Teignmouth are set to face off against PAFC FITC Development at Coombe Valley tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

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