FOUR unanswered goals saw Newton Abbot Spurs come from behind to keep their unbeaten pre-season run going against Exeter City Under-18s on Saturday.
Marc Revell’s side trailed 2-1 at Cat & Fiddle before finding and extra gear and ultimately earning a 5-2 victory over the young Grecians.
The Spurs goals came from five separate sources, with Sam Hancox, Toby Pullman, James Moxon and Callum Noyce all getting on the scoresheet along with an own goal.
Having previously despatched St Blazey and Mount Gould, Spurs manager Revell continues to be impressed by what his side are showing him.
‘We found ourselves up against a very youthful Exeter side,’ said Revell. ‘Nicky Ajose [U18s coach] told me that a couple of the Under-18s were with the first team.
‘It was a great test of our fitness and ability to play football. We were 2-1 down but we were professional and managed the game well to come back.
‘We were more physical, as you’d expect, but Exeter are purely a footballing side and they outplayed us for some periods.’
Spurs are due to make the short trip to Homers Heath tonight to face Buckland Athletic Reserves [7.30pm] – another prospect which Revell is relishing.
‘We’ve had a handful of lads missing in our games so far, so the Buckland game will be a great chance to give minutes to the lads who need them,’ Revell explained.
‘Then we travel to Ardley United on Saturday, which will be the pinnacle in terms of finding out where we are with fitness.
‘After that we have games against Plymstock and Waldon, which with no disrespect to them are games we should be winning.
‘We have to make sure that we don’t drop down to their level rather than maintaining ours, which did happen to us a few times last season.’
BOVEY Tracey were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat in their pre-season friendly away at Newquay on Saturday.
The Peninsula Premier East hosts got their noses in front on a warm day in Cornwall, with Bovey rallying in reply but being thwarted by some inspired goalkeeping.
‘The scoreline wasn’t really a true reflection of how the game went,’ said Bovey boss Will Small.
‘They had one real chance and scored it, while we had lots of chances and their keeper was easily man of the match.
‘It was a hot day so there were a few players who were on the beach instead of playing, but we took a full squad down there which is encouraging.
‘I thought on the whole we played pretty well, but we just couldn’t score. The fact we’re creating chances is a positive – we just need to start taking a few of them now.’
The Moorlanders are in Cornwall again this Saturday when their pre-season schedule continues away at Peninsula Premier West side Launceston (3pm).
LAST season’s top scorer Ash Donohue returned to the Teignmouth side and put them ahead at Devon Football League outfit Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police on Saturday.
But George Collins’ late equaliser for the home side meant that the Teigns had to make do with a 1-1 draw on a hot day in the South Hams.
‘It felt like pre-season!’ admitted Teignmouth manager Liam Jones. ‘It was rediculously humid and we lacked intensity but we got minutes in legs. That’s the main aim for the early part of pre-season.’