TEIGNMOUTH remain top of Division One East of the Peninsula League despite dropping two points with a goalless draw at home to Brixham AFC on Tuesday night.
After thrashing Liverton United 7-0 on Saturday, neither side could find the net as newly-promoted Brixham put up more of a fight and the AFC manager, Jason Couch, thought the scoreline didn’t do the game justice.
“It was a great game,” he said. “They have dished out some thrashings but the lads put in a real shift, it was a real team performance.
“We could have won it. Scott Gosling hit the post and the ball ran along the line to the other post. I was running round like a lunatic thinking it was in.”
The Teignmouth manager, Geoff Breslan, added striker Adam Dyson to his squad after the weekend’s 7-0 win. And the former Newton Abbot Spurs player made his debut against Brixham after Hayden Roe pulled up injured in the warm-up.
“We are full of confidence and no one will want to play us at the moment,” said Breslan after the big win on Saturday in which Roe scored with Matt Eaves, Sam Chapman and Ryan Bush all netting twice.
“We didn’t quite expect the start we have had but to be fair when the fixtures came out and we saw who we had for the first ten games and we knew we might be able to get a bit of a head of steam.
“No disrespect to the teams we are playing like Liverton but we don’t have to play a team like Tavistock or Galmpton until October.
“If we want to win the league then the teams we are beating are the type of teams we need to be beating.”
Dyson, 26, confirmed his move from Spurs and said it was a tough decision to make. But his brother Jamie is at Teignmouth and he is now looking forward to being part of a squad that should be in a battle for the title.
“I have got my own reasons for making the move,” he said. “It’s nothing personal – and as much as I loved playing for Spurs, in my time there I was never in a battle at the top of the table. That’s going to be exciting.”
On Saturday, Teignmouth are at home to Alphington, while Brixham are at home to Appledore. “Appledore are just above us in the table,” said Couch, who has a few injury problems. Sam Green has bruised a knee and captain Scott Dodgson is missing this weekend. “The lads have set the level now,” he said. “That’s what we want as a minimum every week now.
“It’s good fun and I am really enjoying it.”