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Appledore ready for Plymstock test in Devon Premier Cup

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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APPLEDORE go to Plymstock United on Saturday aiming for a place in the last eight of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup.

Two weeks after a 1-0 defeat to the same opponents in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League, the Fishermen will be hoping to turn their fortunes around.

Despite slipping to a third consecutive defeat with a 3-2 loss to Galmpton United on Saturday, Keith Shapland is encouraged by the team's performances.

The Appledore manager wants his players to stick with their positive approach at Plymstock.

"They are a difficult team to play against," he said. "They are big, strong, physical and a little bit nasty at times. I'm confident we can go there and do a job.

"Nobody has beaten us by playing better football this year.

"Teams have been a little bit more experienced. Galmpton got in front on Saturday and they sat back and were difficult to break down.

"Passing and moving and playing football, there are not many teams that are better than us. I'm pleased in that respect but we need to get the results now to back that up."

Appledore felt that decisions went against them for the three goals conceded against Galmpton in First Division East on Saturday.

The hosts made a bright start with Sam Fishwick forcing an excellent save from the Galmpton keeper. From the resulting corner, Adam Copp headed Appledore in front.

Alex Bayliss equalised at a corner only for the Fishermen to restore the lead when a free kick from Shaun Copp eluded everyone and went straight in.

Tim Watson had a strong game in central defence for the home team and Mark Cann did well in a wide midfield role.

Steve Holland, the Ilfracombe Town winger, linked up well with Shaun Copp in attack.

Dan Rankin made it 2-2 from the penalty spot with Appledore unhappy at the decision given against Tim Watson and Bayliss scored the winner when a free kick was awarded against Will Marsland.

"We felt really hard done by," said Shapland. "If I'm going to be critical, our marking was poor but overall our play was good. We were the better side over 90 minutes

"We have got no points from two really good performances. We are not getting the rub of the green at the moment."

Jamie Frickleton, the defender, will miss the Plymstock trip through suspension and Greg Holland, the centre forward, is still out due to work commitments.

Shapland may call up Kristian Hancock, the young striker who has impressed for the Academy team.

Witheridge won 2-0 at Falmouth in the Premier Division, extending their excellent run to six straight victories in all competitions.

Steve Ebdy put them ahead with a penalty midway through the second half and Kyle Bassett sealed the win with a header from a corner by player-manager Chris Vinnicombe.

Withy, who have moved up to fourth after keeping three consecutive clean sheets, host Torquay United in the Edenvale Turf Devon St Luke's Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

The struggles continued for Holsworthy and Bude Town with defeats in First Division West. Holsworthy were beaten 5-0 at home to Truro City and Bude have failed to score for three games after a 4-0 defeat to St Dennis.

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