LAST 5 GAMES
Silverton – LLWWL
Bradninch Town – LWWLD
Despite an action-packed introduction to the 18/19 season, both Silverton and Bradninch were without games last weekend, being washed out at the Recreation Ground and Hamlin Lane respectively.
Silverton, a local rival of the Ninch, have got off to a steady start – certainly in comparison to last season when they won just four league games. So far this season, they have played seven of their eight games at home accumulating a total of ten points.
Last time out against Lapford, two weekends ago, they were defeated by four goals to one in what seemed to be a close encounter but for a Dean Voaden brace which ultimately led Lapford to victory. Leon Gregory scored the only Silverton goal of the afternoon.
Elsewhere, Silverton have won three games. Most notably a couple of 6-1 thrashings, firstly against Seaton Town Reserves when Dylan Pierce bagged a hat-trick, Ryan Wallis a brace and Sam Mangall scored one. The other big win came at home to Offwell Rangers; the goals were scored by Kieran Statton x2, Chris Drew Cull, Luke Herbert, Sam Mangall and Dylan Pierce. The other victory – a very respectable 3-0 win on the road against Amory Green Rovers.
One other result which may well catch the eye, was when Silverton honourably went down by two goals to one against high-flying Kentisbeare Reserves.
So, who should Stuart Murray and his men watch out for?
That would undoubtedly would be Dylan Pierce, who is their leading goal-scorer with six goals in as many games.
Sam Mangall has also hit the net a few times so far, claiming three goals. The rest of the squad have very much shared the goals around with a handful of players claiming two goals.
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE MET PREVIOUSLY
The Exe Valley Derby isn’t something we have seen on a regular basis in the past few seasons – the last time the sides met was in Division Six back in 2014.
During the 14/15 season, the two sides first met at the Recreation Ground when Bradninch came out on top in a 4-3 thriller. In the reverse fixture, just a month later, Silverton got their revenge as they claimed victory by winning 6-3.
Much like last week, Stuart Murray can expect to have a stronger squad at his disposal than in recent weeks. This is because of the return of Matt Reed, Max Cooper and Ryan Shrewsberry. The addition of Matt Smith to the squad will also inevitably be music to the ears of Murray.
We can also expect Paul Metcalfe to finally make his much awaited debut for Bradninch, against no less than his former team!
WORDS FROM THE BOSS
We caught up with Stuart Murray in the week to discuss his thoughts going into the Exe Valley Derby;
“Well, the local derby is upon us and I’ve got the strongest squad I’ve had for a long time. Going into this one the boys are very upbeat and positive and the attitude is clear. Three points and nothing less than 100% will do. I’m very confident that we can do the job today and we’ve had an extra week to prepare for the game after last week was postponed. We have a reduced injury list for the first time this season and along with that, some new faces are looking to break into the team. I feel it’ll be a good day for the Ninch at Silverton and a win is the only result that is acceptable.”
Come on then lads, lets bag the three points!