Richard Pears eyes new signings at Barnstaple after FA Cup exit

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Barnstaple Town manager Richard Pears said Saturday’s FA Cup loss to Bridport was one of the lowest days he’s had in football.

Barum exited the competition following a loss to the Western League Premier side, courtesy of a Tom Richardson goal in the 24 minute.

Pears said he was disappointed with his side’s performance, and questioned some of his player’s commitment.

He said: “Hugely disappointing from start to finish. Bridport thoroughly deserved to go through, they wanted it more than us, they worked harder, they did all the basic things better than us, and deserved to go through to the next round.

“We got our first league win of the season, gave Bideford a really good game and on a different day perhaps could have got something out of that, and we went in Saturday and it was one of the lowest days I’ve had in football to be honest.

“I don’t mind if we lose as long as we give our all, but I just think there were players out there who didn’t seem to be on it as much.

Pears has already shown that he is not afraid to chop and change his squad, which continued following the release of players Aaron Denny and Teigan Rosenquest, with Kai Fisher to return following a spell at Street.

The Barum boss will use Wednesday’s friendly against Ilfracombe Town to freshen things up.

“It doesn’t matter what standard you play at, the opportunity to play FA Cup football, you should be giving everything, so I’m really disappointed,” Pears said.

“It was a poor performance, there was no desire or commitment to the team, I talked to the players I’ll be looking to make replacements as soon as I can.

“I’ve tried to freshen things up, and get some strength and character in that changing room, because I want to see a response which is better than what we had against Bridport last week.”

Town will be looking to bounce back when they travel to North Leigh on Saturday, and Pears has called on his players to respond.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough game, we’re going to have to be strong, and we’re going to have to work our socks off if we’re going to get anything.

“All I want is the players to work hard and to give me everything, and I think what was disappointing Saturday was I felt we went through the motions.

“We know we’re on a learning journey, but if I need to get them going, then that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

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