Bovey vice-captain says formation has brought everything together
VICE-CAPTAIN Ryan Stanbridge said the addition of several key faces and a shift to a new formation have been the keys to Bovey Tracey's Premier Division revival this season.
Prior to last night's clash at Plymouth Parkway, the Moorlanders had lost just one of their last eight games, and travel to Camelford this Saturday (3pm).
Stanbridge, a centre-half who played under Graeme Kirkup and Roger Bonaparte, cited the formation as perhaps the single greatest reason for their upturn in form.
The solidity allowed by their 3-5-2 selection was once again displayed in a 1-1 draw at home to Saltash United last Saturday.
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Stanbridge played just a handful of games last season before suffering a torn cruciate ligament.
The 26-year-old returned in time to play three games under Bonaparte before his departure, and has since formed a successful partnership with former Willand Rovers centre-half Kai Fisher – one of German's signings.
Stanbridge believes the team are now in a good position to rise even further up the Premier Division table, having occupied a spot in the bottom three at the turn of the year.
"Ryan [German] has come in and brought some players with him," he said.
"The first couple of games that he was there we were just gelling – he's got a good formation and style of play and it's just working really well."
He added: "Defensively we were a bit annoyed that we conceded a goal [last weekend], as we don't feel like we're going to concede that often.
"The whole of the midfield is under 24 so there's a lot of running in there, and they are all good players too."
Stanbridge said this weekend's trip to sixth-placed Camelford offered a similar no-pressure scenario which has helped them beat Ivybridge and Launceston on the road.
He said: "Every game we're going into at the moment is against a team higher in the league than us, and they are expected to win, but we're surprising them."