Spurs Get in on the Derby Act
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Today’s Premiership ties begin and end in big derbies, with Liverpool taking on Everton in the early kick-off, and Arsenal v Spurs taking the evening slot.
And Newton Abbot Spurs are determined to get in on the act by hosting two derbies of their own. OK; the first isn’t strictly a derby, with Brixham AFC the visitors in an all South Devon Peninsula East tie this afternoon, but this evening’s SDFL clash between Spurs Reserves and Buckland Athletic Reserves definitely fits the bill.
“We’re expecting a very tough game,” admitted Spurs Reserves joint manager Matt Barrett. “They have always been a good side who have competed at the top of the division for a number of years since rising up through the leagues.
“We want to build on last weekend’s success in the Herald Cup. Whilst we know that the challenge facing us will be much tougher, we gained a lot of confidence from that game. I am expecting the lads to be right up for the game as it is a local derby between two clubs who have always had a rivalry. There will also be a few players on either side who have represented both clubs so that will add a bit of extra spice.”
And Barrett’s own connections with the club run deep. “My old man, Jim Barrett, actually managed Buckland Res in the 2009/10 season when they were promoted out of Division One, and he also won the Senior Cup there, so it’s a club I am very aware of and have a lot of respect for.
“We just can’t wait to get out there and have another go at one of the big boys.”
Spurs are without captain Dan Beeks, but have Ryan Fawden in the squad after signing him from WBB.