Change of formation key to new duo's first point
BOVEY TRACEY assistant manager Micky Hunt said a change of tactics was behind their turnaround in fortunes last weekend, with a first point for new boss Ryan German.
Hunt, a coach for Torquay United's development programme, said the shift to a 3-5-2 formation proved decisive in gaining a 1-1 draw with St Blazey last weekend – and could also yield further improvements.
Hayden Roe scored inside the opening 10 minutes for Bovey, but St Blazey's Lewis Coombes levelled shortly after the break.
Bovey are without a fixture this weekend, but were due to take on a Torquay United XI last night in a friendly fixture.
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Hunt joined with German after the departure of Roger Bonaparte before Christmas, but said Saturday's clash was his first due to his other coaching commitments.
German heaped praise on Hunt following his arrival, and lauded his players' never-say-die attitude.
Hunt's involvement immediately paid off as he helped Bovey gain a valuable point after three heavy defeats in the matches since Bonaparte's departure.
"To be honest we played really well," said Hunt.
"We changed formation to 3-5-2 to keep the back door shut and hit them on the break, and they couldn't break us down.
"We could have had three or four goals and deserved the point at the end of it."
There was a debut for Kai Fisher, a centre-back from Willand Rovers, while the new management duo are targeting more signings to strengthen the side.
Another centre-back, a striker and a wide midfielder are all on their 'shopping list', though there is no budget for players at the club.
Hunt's involvement at Plainmoor means a continuation of the relationship with the League Two club is hoped to continue. Scholars Aaron Ibbetson, Kevin McAllion and Alex Avraamides have all appeared for Bovey earlier in the season to gain experience of men's football.
Hunt also suggested that playing 3-5-2 would continue.
He added: "What I said to Ryan was that I know this league quite well and a lot of teams who don't have a budget play 3-5-2 as other teams aren't clever enough to change formation mid-game.
"It's our first point of the season and something to build on."