MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON TAVISTOCK DEFEAT
Kevin Hill lamented his side’s slow start, as Exmouth Town were beaten 3-1 away to Tavistock in the Southern League Division One South.
Two goals in the opening ten minutes from Liam Prynn and Joshua Grant saw the hosts race in front, and a Callum Watson strike at the death sealed Town’s fate, despite an Aarron Denny goal ten minutes after half time.
Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “A little bit disappointed for the second half, but once again it’s about how we prepare for the game.
You saw how we started, we addressed it Saturday and we saw it again tonight. How we prepare is how we started, the game was away from us within ten minutes.
You can’t come to a place like this and give Tavistock a two-goal head start and then try and get back.
And to be fair to the lads, they did huff and puff, and we got back in, we had a 20 minute spell where we were on top, and you could see them start to tire.
I said to the boys at half time, if we come out and get into them, keep that energy and press, it will suit us.
If we could get that goal, they then start to panic, and we did get that goal, but we just ran out and the managed the game well.
We gave ourselves too much to do, and the third goal comes with tired legs and a sloppy back pass, but that doesn’t happen if we get the second goal.
We are very slow starters, if we don’t prepare right, we are going to get found out.
We are up against big teams, and they will come out firing and next thing you know the game is away from you.
It makes it ten times harder for us.
We proved we can do it, when we run at them and get in their faces, but that’s what we want from the first five/ten minutes.”
Town were due to be in action on Saturday against AFC Totton, but due to the latter’s progression in the FA Trophy, Hill’s attention turns to November 5th, where Exmouth make the trip to league leaders Sholing.
“I’ll find out a little bit about them and perhaps change up the formations, and go from there.
At the end of the day, we’ve had a fantastic start to the season, I would have bit your hand off to be where we are in the league now.
If we were down in midtable and we would have won tonight to take us a bit higher, we would all be buzzing.
We’ve got to look at how far we’ve come, only three losses in 11 games, when in all honesty, I didn’t know how we would fare in this league.