Cranbrook all set for league ‘re-start’

 Cranbrook all set for league ‘re-start’

Cranbrook boss Jon Martin is looking forward to seeing his side back in action in what remains of the 2020/21 Joma Devon & Exeter League season.

Speaking after the release of the ‘amended’ tables that have seen the removal of all results of any teams that have opted no to take part in the resumption of the season, he said: “We find ourselves rock bottom of the adjusted Division Two East table, but we have played the top two of Axminster Town Reserves and Ottery St Mary Reserves home and away so our remaining games mean we avoid meeting the two teams that stand head and shoulders above anything else in the division – certainly before the season was brought to a halt ahead of lockdown three.”

He continued: “To be fair, from what we faced in that first part of the season, both Axminster and Ottery would hold their own in the Premier Division, and, as I have alluded too previously, we certainly had a tough start to the season.

With regard to taking part in the ‘re-start’, the Cranbrook boss said: “We discussed it at length and, to be fair, almost all of my players were keen for the restart so we’ll just play out what will be the final eight games of the season and see how it goes.

“With no promotion or relegation it becomes something of a ‘free-hit’ and it’ll be a case of getting some football played. I know that in the beginning the idea was for the divisions that were put together to allow team sot get some football played and, to be fair to the league organisers, the entire 2020/21 season was always going to be one of hit’n’miss with regard to the pandemic.”

As for the final eight games, the Cranbrook boss says: “I’m not setting any targets, it’s literally an opportunity to go out and play football for a couple of months!

I have seen that some managers are worried about teams being flooded with players from higher leagues, However, that’s not something I am too bothered about as it is something that happens at the back end of most seasons!

If clubs feel that they need to do that for games where there’s nothing at stake then fair play to them, and I would certainly not hold it against them

“As for us, we are just in it to play a few games and get everyone back together again. If we manage to get a few results then that’ll be a bonus. For me and indeed  us, as a team, its simply about giving game time to the lads and beginning to look at things for the 2021/22 season which we all hope will be a full one from start to finish – but again, there are no guarantees.”

Stephen Birley

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