Clash of title favourites will test Teigns' aspirations
TEIGNMOUTH player-manager Geoff Breslan believes his table-topping side still have room for improvement as they head into a crucial clash at Galmpton United on Saturday (3pm).
Breslan made the statement despite seeing his side demolish Exeter University at Coombe Valley last Saturday – with Carl Cliff-Brown picking up a hat-trick in a 7-1 win.
In contrast, Galmpton slumped to a 3-2 home loss against previously winless Appledore at the Memorial Ground – setting the scene for this Saturday's clash.
Liam McAuley also hit two goals for Teignmouth in their victory last weekend, while Sam Chapman and Jack Baxter both came off the bench to pick up late goals. But Breslan believes his side can do even better.
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"The scoreline suggests that we did well, but there were a few things that we weren't happy with," said Breslan.
"For the first 10 minutes we played some really good football, but it was a couple of little sloppy things that meant we gave a goal away.
"I had to give the lads a bit of a rollocking at half time because the standard wasn't up to what we can do – and it worked in the second half."
Cliff-Brown scored two early goals for Teignmouth before they took their foot off the pedal, and it wasn't until the second half that McAuley – playing in a three-man forward line – sprung into action with his own double.
Breslan added: "Uni weren't a bad side and not many teams will put seven past them this season – but there's still things to work on and we had a little chat after the game just to look at some of the things that have crept into our game."
Galmpton joint-boss Richard Ridley, meanwhile, admitted his side put in their worst display for some time to slump to a defeat against the Fishermen.
Second-half goals from substitutes John Dunn and Shane Shobbrook couldn't prevent the shock defeat.
"I don't know whether we got it wrong on the management side with the team we picked, but it was the worst performance for a couple of years," said Ridley.
"We just didn't show enough passion."
Greens' golden boot winner Dan Rankin is expected to miss the Teignmouth clash after pulling his groin, while Kev Wiltshire should be fit.
"Hopefully with the experience of the players we've got, we can show some character," added Ridley. "We sat down in the dressing room afterwards and it seems like everyone is pulling in the same direction – but you can only send them out there and hope they do the job."