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Dawson joins to boost Tiverton

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 24, 2011

Aaron Dawson will hope to gain some valuable experience at Tiverton Town picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Tiverton Town have been boosted by the arrival of highly-rated Exeter City teenager Aaron Dawson on loan ahead of today's home Evo-Stik League Southern game against Stourport Swifts.

Tiverton boss Mark Saunders said: "Aaron can play in midfield but I also saw him play a couple of times at right-back for City's reserves and he's more than capable there.

"He's a good player, I like him a lot and am really grateful to (City director of football) Steve Perryman for letting him come here on loan.

"City's only stipulation – and I can understand it – is that if they have a development game in midweek, then he will play for them rather than us, and that's fine by me."

Player-manager Saunders is hoping a surprise 5-0 home win over Mangotsfield will kick start the Ambers' season and is looking for a repeat of their last home Division One South & West performance.

He said: "There are some big, physical teams in this division and they are not always going to let you play the football you want unless you battle them for it first.

"We are a relatively young side really and I think Stourport – from what I understand – are much the same.

"They have made a slow start and so have we but I am hoping we can kick on from the win over Mangotsfield."

Town have not played for 11 days – and that win over the Field – while Swifts' last league outing was a 3-0 defeat at Thatcham ten days go.

Saunders said: "I would have liked to have played sooner and I would also like to be able to select from the same squad but football isn't like that and ahead of the game against Stourport, we are looking a bit bare bones.

"Kevin Hill and Liam Ellis are suspended, we have got a couple injured, a couple carrying knocks and another player ill.

"Come the day of the game, some of them may pull through but I am not counting my chickens."

Tiverton's trip to Abingdon has been moved forward to next Saturday, from November, because Hungerford – who the Ambers were due to play away – are involved in the FA Cup.

In the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, second-placed Willand Rovers face their third top-of-the-table clash in a row when they visit third-placed Bitton.

Willand will be boosted by their 3-2 Devon St Luke's Cup win over Ilfracombe on Tuesday, when they were overtaken at the top of the league by Larkhall Athletic, 2-1 winners at Wells City. Ilfracombe, in 14th place, travel to new leaders Larkhall today.

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