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Rogers demands two home victories from his Tiverton Town side

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

By Ross Reid

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Tiverton Town manager Martyn Rogers has set his side the target of claiming six points from their next two Southern League Division One South and West games.

Rogers’ Tiverton – fresh from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Cinderford Town – host Bridgwater Town at Ladysmead tomorrow night four days before their second home game of the week against Bashley.

Bullish Rogers said: “I think we have got to be looking at building on the draw at Cinderford, where we certainly deserved a draw if not all three points.

“Now we have got two home matches and I would like to think we could give ourselves a real kick-start by winning them both and picking up six points. That would be great, wouldn’t it?”

Rogers admits Tiverton had to come back into the game for their draw at Cinderford, following a slow start.

He said: “Cinderford were the better team in the first half, but to be fair to my lads we were the better team in the second half and we were unlucky not to get more for their efforts.”

Tiverton midfielder Jimmy Hinds headed Tiverton’s 61st-minute leveller from James Richards’ near-post free-kick to cancel out Leroy Oreo’s 31st-minute opener.

Premier Division sides Bideford and Truro are also in home Southern League action tomorrow night.

Bideford face a tough test in bidding to pick up their first points of the season against a quick-out-of-the-blocks Weymouth side stung by their first setback, a 2-0 defeat at highly fancied promotion candidates St Neots Town.

Manager Sean Joyce waits on the fitness of experienced central defender Matt Villis, who was ruled out of Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Hitchin Town by a head injury received in the 6-2 defeat at Cirencester Town last Tuesday.

Bideford are boosted by the return to form of Sean Downing – who has scored twice in the last two games – and by Joyce resolving to “get it right”.

The Bideford boss said: “I always knew that it would take time for us to gel this season because we have got ten new players in the squad. Nothing is achieved overnight and we just have to keep working away, and I’m committed to getting things right. It will come.”

Truro City boss Steve Tully praised his side for their best performance so far, Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Cambridge City, where ex-Plymouth Argyle forward Isaac Vassell fired them into a 30th-minute lead.

City host Hungerford Town tomorrow night ahead of Saturday’s mouth-watering clash against in-form St Neots at Treyew Road.

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