TIVERTON BOSS EYES UP NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH


There aren’t many things left for Martyn Rogers to accomplish at Ladsymead, but the Tiverton manager, in his third spell in charge of the Southern League leaders, is on the verge of something that could eclipse all that has passed before, writes Gareth Davies.

Rogers has overseen promotions, back-to-back FA Vase triumphs in 1998 and 1999, but if the Yellows continue their current form, then they could become a National League South outfit next season.
Tivvy start 2020 leading the step three pack and after seeing his said draw 3-3 with fellow pace setters Truro City on Boxing Day, the 64-year-old was quizzed by The Independent on just how he would rank another promotion if it arrived again in May.
“It would rank up there amongst the best moments I’ve had with Tiverton,” said Rogers.
“Although winning a national competition like the FA Vase, that was huge. We then had two promotions which were also huge.
“What we’re doing at the moment is really nice because I’m actually sharing it with someone in Scott (Rogers, Martyn’s cousin who scored the winning goal in the 1999 FA Vase final).
“We’ve worked together for a good few years and he even played under me.
“Because of this, we know how each other work and he is given me the impetus to kick on again. When you get to my age, people do start to question how much you’re going to still enjoy management.
“But I’m enjoying it as much now as I did 20 years ago and if we did get into the National League, then it would come close to matching anything we have done previously.”
Rogers added: “Scott and I worked hard in pre-season and we signed something like 13 players.
“To gel those players together so quickly, I think we’re pleased and to be scoring so many goals makes us decent to watch.
“To be top of the table at this stage of the season means that we’re very much contenders for the league.”

PICTURE – Viv Curtis

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