Dave Pearse: Why I had to move on
STRIKER Dave Pearse says a lack of regular first-team football was behind his decision to leave Ladysmead and rejoin Bridgwater Town.
The industrious frontman was signed by Tiverton Town in October, when a combination of injury and unavailability meant the Yellows were at times down to just one fit striker.
But with players returning from injury and Michael Nardiello becoming more available to play, opportunities for former Bideford forward Pearse became limited.
Pearse himself concedes his form has not been the best since arriving at Ladysmead, but insists that not playing regularly was largely to blame.
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"I suppose it comes down to not getting enough games and regular football really – that is all it comes down to and nothing else," said Pearse, who netted two league goals during his spell at Tivvy.
"There are a lot of players at Tiverton Town and four strikers and everyone wants to play.
"I haven't been playing my best and a lot of that comes down to not playing regularly and holding down a place in the team.
"When I first signed we were on a bit of a run but since Christmas we have struggled a bit and not won in something like 16 games.
"I think I have started 10 or 11 games during that time. You play one or two and then find yourself on the bench and that is the frustrating bit – I just want to play football.
"I was really looking forward to playing when I signed for the club and it hasn't worked out that way but it is just one of those things."
Pearse arrived at Tivvy after impressing in Bridgwater's 3-1 FA Trophy defeat to the Yellows in October last year, scoring a goal and causing difficulties with his pressing game.
But after a bright start at the club, Tivvy's form dipped dramatically shortly after he arrived, with the Ladysmead side going without a win in all competitions since the middle of November.
That poor run – which now amounts to 15 league games – was compounded on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Swindon Supermarine.
But, despite a disappointing end to his Yellows career, Pearse insists that there are no hard feelings between himself and the Tiverton Town management.
And the striker is keeping his his fingers crossed that Tivvy can halt their alarming slump in form and turn things around sooner rather than later.
"I just feel like I have not done a lot this season so I'm looking forward to a fresh start and basically a full half-season at Bridgwater," he said.
"Bridgwater asked for me back and, even though Mark (Saunders – manager) wanted me to stay, they have something like 22 games left so at least I will play a lot of football between now and the end of the season.
"I definitely want everything to work out there (at Tiverton Town) though. They are a smashing bunch of lads and I have plenty of respect for Mark and Hedley (Steele - assistant manager).
"I'm still going on the end-of-season tour with the lads and Mark has asked me to come in for pre-season training with them next season.
"I have no idea if I will end up playing at Tivvy next season or not – I am just looking forward to playing as many games with Bridgwater as possible and seeing what happens from there.
"I've really enjoyed it at Tivvy but things haven't worked out, so I'm just going to concentrate on Bridgwater and try to do my best for them."