Richards: Spirit is a crucial factor in Teigns' resurgence
TEIGNMOUTH assistant manager Mark Richards believes there is a better spirit within his side as they head into Saturday's clash with Alphington.
The Teigns returned to winning ways last week with a 6-3 victory over Budleigh Salterton at Greenway Lane.
The hosts led 3-2 at half-time with goals from Mike Hancock, Jack Greenslade and George Pannell which cancelled out first-half efforts from Clay Bond's and Steve Shrubb's for the Teigns.
But the second half proved to be a different affair as Lee Haywood equalised for Teignmouth before Liam McAuley bagged a brace and Shrubb scored his second of the afternoon to round off the victory, which ended a run of two defeats.
"There is a lot more team spirit now amongst the lads and they are enjoying their football," said Richards.
"The week before, we weren't gutted about losing to Appledore because we believed we had something to work from, but you never know what you are going to get from Alphington."
Richards also hailed McAuley's display and described his forward as being unplayable on his day.
"Liam McAuley on his day is unplayable." he said. "He's a free spirit, but let him carry on and he can be brilliant."
The Alphas head into the game following a 5-4 victory over Galmpton United, with strikes from John Holding, Peter Darke (2), Phil White and an own goal.
Exmouth Town will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table when they host Galmpton.
Town currently lead the table by eight points after winning 2-1 at Sidmouth Town last time out.
Lloyd Gardner netted twice for Town before Sam Baker added a late consolation for the hosts as Richard Pears' side maintained their 15-match unbeaten run as they strive to achieve their goal of promotion to the Premier division.
Pears praised the attitude shown by the players in achieving their latest victory.
"At Sidmouth, we dug in and were mentally strong and ground out a result – and that's the mark of a good side." said Pears. "We are unbeaten in the league at the moment and we have a Galmpton team who are very dangerous.
"We need to make sure that we are prepared because we want to extend our lead at the top of the table.
"They will be looking to come and attack us and we will need to make sure that we are strong in every department.
"We are aiming to be playing Premier division football next year and we need to keep our feet on the ground."
Exeter University are hosting Okehampton Argyle in what will be only their second fixture of 2013 and their first home game since the beginning of December.
The Students' only taste of action so far came last month when they were beaten by Galmpton.
Manager Dave Evans admitted that the enforced inactivity has left his players frustrated, but they are eager to return to action.
"The difficulty is going to be in getting our match fitness back," said Evans. "It will take us two or three weeks to get our sharpness back.
"We want to pick up the good form that we had before December. Everyone is dying to play and we are looking forward to it. Apart from one player, we have a full strength squad".
Okey drew 1-1 with Newton Abbot Spurs last time out. Matt Barkwell put Spurs ahead, only for Dale Chadwick to head an equaliser. Spurs host Crediton United next.
Axminster Town host Totnes & Dartington on the back of a 2-2 draw with Stoke Gabriel, which was secured thanks to a brace from Martin Hancock.
Sidmouth welcome Appledore, who defeated Exeter Civil Service 3-0.