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Alphas test will show if Teigns have turned corner

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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TEIGNMOUTH joint-boss Geoff Breslan said this Saturday's trip to Alphington (3pm) would test whether his side had 'turned the corner' following a poor run of results.

Teigns romped to a 6-3 win over title-chasing Budleigh Salterton last Saturday, with Steven Shrubb and Liam McAuley both scoring twice.

But with one eye on their Devon Premier Cup clash against Stoke Gabriel on February 16, Breslan said this weekend's clash would signal whether his side had managed to turn their form into results.

"Recently the performances have been there but the results haven't," said Breslan.

"But last weekend right from the first minute I sensed that throughout the squad we had come to do a job – and we could have scored more to be honest."

Clay Bond opened the scoring for Teignmouth, while centre-half Lee Haywood also added a goal which levelled the scores at 3-3 early in the second half.

McAuley's brace included one from the penalty spot, while Shrubb's first goal was the move of the match, involving 15 passes and finishing with a smart finish.

This weekend, Ian Wilkinson and Craig Stonelake are both expected to miss out, while Terry Breslan is still unavailable after having stitches to his ear.

But joint-player-manager Geoff said he was wary of thinking that his side had ended their poor run.

"I've always said the problem has been consistency," he said.

"I've seen things in the last two weeks that I've liked but I wouldn't say we've turned the corner.

"If we can carry on doing things the way we have been then the results will follow.

"It's just a case of getting the players to play to their potential."

Elsewhere this weekend, Stoke Gabriel are playing their first home game of 2013 when Plymstock United visit Broadley Lane on Saturday (3pm).

Stoke played their first match of the calendar year last weekend, drawing 2-2 with Axminster Town.

Newton Abbot Spurs are also at home, Crediton United the visitors to The Rec (3pm). Spurs also had to settle for a point last Saturday, after their tie at Okehampton Argyle ended 1-1.

Galmpton United travel to Exmouth Town on Saturday (3pm) on the back of a 5-4 loss at home to Alphington last weekend.

And Totnes and Dartington, without a clash last Saturday, get back to action with a trip to Axminster Town (3pm).

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