Pearse: Even more to come from me and Joe
DAVE Pearse believes his partnership with Joe Bushin can bring even more goals – provided he can nail down a regular starting spot.
Pearse has impressed since signing for Tiverton Town at the end of October from Bridgwater Town, with his high workrate and link-up play with Bushin both standing out.
Bushin – who is the division's top scorer – netted 10 goals in the first 11 games since Pearse arrived at Ladysmead.
And Pearse, who recently bagged his first goal for the club in the 2-1 defeat to Poole Town, says there is even more to come from both players as their partnership develops.
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"We (he and Bushin) are completely different players – I do all the running for him and he puts the ball in the back of the net," explained the former Bideford forward, who hopes to be playing against Paulton Rovers on Saturday after the Boxing Day clash with Clevedon Town was postponed.
"But we do link up well together. We haven't even had to work on it in training or anything – it has all come naturally.
"To be fair, I've been in and out of the side a little bit, but I think that if we can get five or six games together straight then we will be even better.
"My first couple of games were against Merthyr and Winchester and they both went well and I worked well with Joe, so it has gone from there really."
While Bushin has been catching the eye up front, Pearse – who also scored in the 2-2 draw with Evesham United – concedes that scoring more goals is the one area of his game he wants to significantly improve in the near future.
"I think goals is the one area I need to add to my game," he said. "I can do all the running and industrious stuff but I do need to score more, although I suppose with the form Joe is in at the moment it doesn't matter quite so much.
"I certainly needed that goal (against Poole Town) to get off the mark and it was nice to add another one against Evesham United.
"I'm not really one for targets though. I think I got 14 last season for Bridgwater so it would be nice to beat that but I'm not too fussed."
Turning his attentions to the squad's strong points, Pearse believes the Yellows' squad depth and adaptability mean they should be able to mount a strong play-off challenge this season.
"We try and play good football at Tivvy and that is great, but the good thing is that if we have to go direct then we can do," he said.
"We have a really good, big squad here – I think Mark (Saunders) is actually quite lucky in that respect. We just have to push on and get to those play-off places."
Meanwhile, manager Mark Saunders admits gaining a result against the Yellows' 'bogey side' Paulton Rovers will be anything but easy on Saturday for Tivvy.
The Yellows – who also go to Taunton Town on New Year's Day for a local derby – will square up against Paulton having been on the receiving end of a 4-1 beating at home in the second round of the Red Insure Cup at the beginning of December.
And Saunders says his side will be particularly keen to set the record straight.
"We have Paulton Rovers and we always struggle against them – they really are our bogey side," explained manager Saunders.
"We are going to have that cup game in mind, although we played a lot of that with just 10 men, but we know we can get a result against them."