Exmouth Town III v Bradninch Villa PREVIEW

Villa ‘hungry and fired up’ for Exmouth Town six-pointer

Bradninch Villa travel to Exmouth Town 3rds in what looked to be a perfectly poised match for entertainment and upset as both sides look to kickstart their season.

It’s been a difficult start for both with a packed fixture schedule failing to ease up over the last few weeks, having to take on some of Division 8’s big hitters on consecutive occasions in the process.

However, with Exmouth just a place above Villa in the table after playing two more games than them, there’s only one thing on the mind of Leigh Brooks… three points. The Villa boss has been patient in waiting for his new-look squad to gel, and as he enters match-week eight he believes the final pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together, “There’s a hunger in the team for results and everyone believes it’s up to them as individuals and as a team to raise the bar with the overall performance.”

Relentless, hard-working performances in the last two weeks against Devon Yeoman home and away have shown Brooks that his players are up for the fight but is realistic in knowing there are only so many times you can put results down to ‘bad luck’, “We can’t keep looking for excuses now. We’re better than we let on, to the point where we should be comfortably winning games with the slick, passing football we like to play.” 

If Villa can pull off  the performance Brooks is confident they’re capable of, three points should go a long way ahead of a jam-packed winter schedule.


FORM FOCUS

Exmouth Town – LDWLL

Bradninch Villa – LWLLL


TEAM NEWS

Two months into the 2018/19 season, Villa are starting to find their regular faces and Brooks is confident in the names he has at his disposal after a few weeks of integrating the various new faces, “We’re going to Exmouth with a fully fit squad. I’ve got selection problems for the right reasons, with players willing to step up from the fringe and other lads who have stepped in over the last few weeks now settled in their new positions.”

Brooks has no fresh injury concerns to deal with following last weekends 2-1 away defeat to Devon Yeoman. He’ll also look to welcome back Dom Tree and Liam Holmes, giving him plenty of options throughout all areas of midfield, especially after so many convincing displays last weekend.

Jake Lewis continues his road to recovery but there is yet to be a confirmed return date on an injury that will see him miss multiple weeks of action.

Villa’s man between the sticks, Carl James, will sit out yet again this week following a nasty concussion suffered during the Bradninch Town game last weekend.

Todd Scrace will continue to captain the side in Lewis’ absence, providing plenty of experience and maturity at the heart of defence.


FINAL WORDS FROM THE BOSS

“I’d like to take the chance to mention a couple of internal awards that were recently handed out. September saw Liam Holmes pick up our first Player of the Month award for the season following his contribution on the pitch, so well done to him. Octobers Player of the Month goes to Todd Scrace, who in the four games he played, including a MOTM performance for Bradninch Town, has shown great desire but also fantastic discipline at centre back in Jake Lewis’ absence. I hope the lads take the chance to congratulate Todd this weekend.”

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