Seaton Town suffer big blow to promotion hopes

PUBLISHED: 16:07 03 April 2012 | UPDATED: 16:10 03 April 2012

Seaton travelled to Topsham Town's ground on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 6497-14-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Seaton travelled to Topsham Town's ground on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 6497-14-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Topsham Town 3, Seaton Town 2

Seaton Town slipped to a second successive defeat, one which is terminal to their title hopes and severely damaging to their ambitions of a top two finish.

They are now relying on other teams to drop points between now and the end of the season in order for them to bag a top two finish and with it able to put in a bid for promotion to the South West Peninsula League.

Boss Josh Stunell was clear as to where his side have gone wrong: “Our Achilles heel of late has been defending. We have let in too many goals this season and the hat-trick that did for us at Topsham was more about defensive woes than clinical finishing. That’s not meant as a sleight on the Tops striker who is a good player, but each of his goals were very much attributable to our errors.” Dan Norman and Chris Bowles notched the Town goals.

Three to play now for Town and Stunell feels they have to win al three to have any chance of bagging, second place. He said: “We remain top, we have the points in the bank and, whilst St Martins will feel they are in the box seat, the fact is that they have to win their outstanding games. For us it’s now a case of we simply have to win our last three and, if that turns out not to be enough, then we’ll have to take it on the chin and accept that we have to come back next year and try all over again.”

He continued: “To be fair to the team, we have, of late, gone off the boil in terms of our finishing. Six weeks ago the goals were flying in, now they are not, and that is leaving us vulnerable to mistakes at the back We have been caught short in the run-in, that’s for sure. However, there’s still time for things to happen and we need to hang on to the hope that other teams will have similar woes to the sort we are suffering. If it ultimately turns out that we have not been good enough to bag a top two finish then it’s simply a case of talking stock in the summer and coming back to make sure that we right the wrongs next time round, and I am sure we will.”

Promotion to the higher level does depend on the SWP League’s inspection panel’s decision as to the suitability of the Colyford Road ground, but all that would be made unnecessary in the event of Town not finishing in a top two place.

Town are next in action on Saturday at Alphington, the week after they go to East Budleigh before the bring the curtain down on their league season with an April 21 trip to Newtown.


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