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Time for Buckland to toughen up – Lynch

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

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Buckland Athletic player-manager Antony Lynch has said it is time for his side to toughen up in the Toolstation Western League, after they suffered their third league defeat in the Premier Division last weekend.

Buckland were beaten 3-1 at Street to leave them sixth from bottom. A win last weekend would have lifted them to eighth in the table – and still with a number of games in hand on their rivals.

Lynch said it was vital his side get back to winning ways this weekend when Hallen are the visitors to Homers Heath on Saturday (3pm).

Lynch said the pitch ended up badly chewed at Street, but did not use that as an excuse.

"It was an off day on a very heavy pitch," he said. "It's not an excuse because it was the same for both sides, they just adapted to it better than us."

Willand Rovers manager Clive Jones says he has still not finished strengthening his squad ahead of today's game against Bridport.

Rovers already had two new signings in their 2-1 win away to Wells City, with former Tiverton Town midfielder Scott Rogers and Steve Orchard enjoying winning debuts.

"I am still looking for a forward and I have put in a seven days request for two more because one has just turned me down," explained Jones.

"James Ansell led the line brilliantly on Saturday after I stuck him up front but he is suspended at the weekend."

Saturday's win at Wells represented Willand's first in the league for two months, and their first away from home since the start of September.

Elmore boss Pete Buckingham says he is hoping to pick up points where he can on the road before targeting collecting maximum points from home matches.

The Eagles' last three matches have all been away, including Saturday's 3-3 draw at Warminster Town.

Buckingham says he is now looking to put together a run at home, starting today against Cribbs Friends Life.

"If we can carry on picking up points away from home and then win your home games then we should be able to get up the table," he said.

Barnstaple Town expect to name their new manager early next week. After receiving eight applications, chairman Warren Crossley will choose from a shortlist of four.

The new manager is set to take charge for the first time in the League match at home to Bishop Sutton on Saturday, December 15.

Chris Jones, the caretaker manager, is one of those being considered. He will be in charge for the trip to Gillingham Town today.

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