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Gerring still eyeing Hoddle's academy

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: February 05, 2010

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SOUTH Devon's former Plymouth Argyle centre-half Ben Gerring has joined Truro City on a non-contact basis.

The one time Torquay Community College student was released from his six month senior contract at Home Park on his 19th birthday on New Year's Day and since had a two week trial with Torquay United.

However, he was on Truro's substitutes' bench without getting on in Tuesday night's game at Brackley in Division One (South and West) of the Zamaretto Southern League.

And he trained with the Cornish club again last night on the understanding that Truro manager and ex-Yeovil Town boss Steve Thompson will take another look in tomorrow's league game at home to Leamington.

"I've joined them as a non-contract player, because I'm still sending my cv's out," Gerring told the Herald Express last night.

"Truro are kind enough to give me games, but I'm keeping everything open until February 25 when there are trials in the Midlands for the Glenn Hoddle Football Academy in Spain."

Hoddle, the one time England manager together with his former Swindon Town, Chelsea and Spurs assistant manager, John Gorman, launched the Academy some two years ago for young players who had mostly been discarded by league clubs.

Gerring, 6ft 5in tall and a former Torbay and District Schools' and Devon Schools player, was disappointed his fortnight with Torquay United didn't work out.

"All I wanted was the chance, but unfortunately they were looking for an experienced centre-half at the time," he said, adding:

"My big hope is to be able to stay and play in England for as long as I can.

"It's been difficult since leaving Argyle, but I've had great help from Liverton United and now Truro."

Gerring played over a month for Liverton in Division One (East) of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League following an invitation from one of their joint first team managers, Tony Bowker.

DIVISION ONE Buckland Athletic Reserves are through to the last eight of the Herald Express sponsored South Devon League's Herald Cup after beating Premier side Kingskerswell and Chelston 1-0 in this week's delayed third round tie at Homers Heath.

Lee Pike scored the all important goal for the losing 2007/2008 losing finalists, who now face Division Four outsiders Babbacombe Corinthians on February 20 for a place in the semi-finals.

Also this week, two goals from striker Chris Sridinko and one from Liam Scales gave Ipplepen Athletic a 3-0 win against Newton Spurs Reserves in Division One of the South Devon League.

It extended the Pens' lead at the top of the table to 10 points over nearest title rivals Loddiswell with a game in hand.

GALMPTON UNITED Gents and Willand Rovers striker Carl Cliff-Brown is named in Devon's squad for their South West Counties Seniors' Championship game against Guernsey in the Channel Islands next Monday (7.30).

The Paignton-based goal poacher is contracted to Willand in the Toolstation Western League, but also registered with Galmpton in Division One (East) of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.

Manager Peter Buckingham's squad is:

Joe Moore (Elmore), Sam Croft, Ben Mammola (both Willand), Steve Avery, Perry Carpenter (Witheridge), Jamie Ansill (Willand), James Turner (Budleigh Salterton), Joey Halls, Carl Cliff-Brown (Willand), Kevin Squires (Bideford), Dan Tapp (Elmore), Scott Baxter (Clyst Rovers), George Rogers (Willand), Dan Jewell (Ottery St Mary).

SHEAR SOCCER, headed by former Dawlish Town player-manager Adam Shearer, are putting on respective two and one day Football Fun courses at Totnes and Stoke Gabriel during the schools' half-term break.

The two-day event at King Edward VI Community College, Totnes, will be open to boys and girls aged six to 13 on Thursday and Friday February 18-19 (10-3pm each day).

And the one day course is open to youngsters in the same age bracket at Stoke Gabriel FC's Broadley Lane ground will be on Wednesday, February 17.

Both courses will be conducted by Shearer and former Plymouth Argyle midfielder Kevin Wills, now Football in the Community Officer for Stoke Gabriel FC.

The emphasis will be on small-sided games with a chance to win medals, trophies and prizes, while names of all players will be put into a draw to win prizes that include a pair of football boots, a football and T-shirts.

The courses will also he run in association with Plymouth Argyle Youth Development, and any player showing promise will be invited to training at Argyle's Development Centre.

The cost is £20 for the course at Totnes, or £10 for the course at Stoke Gabriel, Application forms can also be downloaded by visiting www.shearsoccer.co.uk, or call Adam Shearer on 07967 124 844.

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