FOOTBALL: Ivies 'raring to go' after mini winter break

By Graham Hambly   |   Ivybridge Town Correspondent   |
Friday 4th February 2022 3:19 pm

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IVYBRIDGE Town will be looking for a return to winning ways at home to Cullompton in the South West Peninsula League at Erme Valley tomorrow(3pm).

They have slipped to fifth place in the table after taking only one point from their last two home games, losing 2-1 to leaders Okehampton and being held to a 1-1 draw by Elmore.

There have also been four postponements since Ivybridge beat Sidmouth 5-1 at the beginning of December.

Manager Darren Stewart admits that disruption of the squad because of unavailability and injuries has knocked his side out of their rhythm, but says: ’That is no excuse.

’It is up to the lads who come in to take their chance and the rest of the team to step up.

’We have a young side with inexperience in certain areas on the pitch and every game is a learning opportunity.’

The fact that last week’s trip to Holsworthy was a victim of the weather gave the players an unexpected break and Stewart says: ’This has given us a mini winter break, so Wednesday’s training session was a great get together and the lads are raring to go.

’The players know as well as anyone that we need to start picking up the wins again to stay in the leading pack.’

Cullompton are just two points behind Ivybridge so a win on Saturday would see them climb above Ivybridge in the table.

Ivybridge won 2-1 with a stoppage time winner when they visited Cullompton at the end of August.

Stewart admits: ’It will be a tough game against a side who can leap frog us in the table if they get the win. Cullompton notoriously have a late charge in the second half of the season so I am sure they will view this as a pivotal game, and it is up to us to put in a performance and complete the double over them.’


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