Boss hopes win offers confidence boost
CULLOMPTON Rangers manager Dane Bunney feels confidence should be up ahead of Saturday's trip to Newquay, following their narrow 5-4 win over Budleigh Salterton.
The Speeds Meadow side returned to winning ways in the Throgmorton Cup tie against their lower league opponents, but they only did so after extra time thanks to goals from Ryan Leverton, Andy Hawkins, Gary Wills, Marcus Pethick and an own goal.
Bunney conceded it was not the best performance from his side, but he was just pleased to return to winning ways.
"We stopped the rot and got the win we needed to help rebuild our confidence but it was really ugly, it wasn't enjoyable at all. It was a game between two poor sides," said Bunney, whose side also host Ivybridge Town on Tuesday.
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"We looked like a team completely short of confidence. If we had played them earlier in the season we would have been 100 per cent confident winners, but on Saturday we looked so nervous on the ball.
"We were 3-2 down in the final minute of the 90. I was worried about what I was going to have to say to them at that point. I didn't know what I was going to say, I didn't know how I would lift them from that."
Instead the tie was sent to extra time by a late own goal.
And in the extra half an hour Cully took charge against the Robins, who had been playing with 10 men since their player-manager Danny Williams had been sent off for kicking out at Pethick at the beginning of the second half.
Meanwhile, Witheridge boss Mike Taylor may have a selection dilemma on his hands ahead of their trip to Liverton United on Saturday.
Taylor was without without James Turner (suspended), Adam Clark (hamstring), Aiden Way (on holiday) and Jordan Charran (ill) during his side's 0-0 draw at St Austell on Saturday.
But the boss was delighted with the contribution of the various players who stepped in, although Taylor was less impressed with the officiating in the match.
"The players who came in were tremendous," he said.
"They should have had a penalty in the first half. I believe it was blatant as their player went through and across Chris Vinnicombe and Chris caught his trailing leg.
"In the second half we scored what was a good goal through David Rowe, only for it to be ruled out for offside, so I don't know if the officials were trying to make amends for what happened in the first half."
Bovey Tracey host Ivybridge Town on Saturday, having lost 3-0 at Plymouth Parkway on Tuesday.