Teigan Rosenquest arrived at Bolitho Park in 2018 after signing from Devon neighbours Tavistock. In his first season with the club, the midfielder got to grips with Parkway, and Western League life as the No.11 built up momentum over the course of the season.
This season, there has been a murmur between fans that the winger looks like more confident on the ball and seems more at home at Bolitho than last season.
Teigan’s preseason form matches the fans comments, a second half substitute against Bristol Manor Farm saw the winger rattle the cross bar and change the game in Parkways favour, as the Yellows claimed a victory over their higher league opponents.
His best game would come in a MOTM performance on the opening day of the season. Three assists and a superb solo goal would ensure Parkway started with an emphatic 7-1 victory over Cadbury Heath.
PPFC caught up with Teigan and we asked him what he thought about what the fans had been saying: “Well, I think with it being my second season I now know the expectations Lee and Karl demand of myself, and all the boys for that matter, and it all comes second nature to me now. A big shift from last season is that I now feel part of the team more which has helped me improve the confidence I have been showing on the pitch.”
With confidence high amongst Teigan and the whole squad, the battle to be named on the team sheet will be a healthy one each weekend, Teigan agrees: “The squad is very strong again this year, especially with the new additions who have fitted in superbly. So competition for places is extremely high. Everyone wants to play all game every game, that’s the nature of football, but of course, football doesn’t work like that. All I can do is try to continue to put in consistent performances to get my name on the team sheet for every game.
The Plymouth player is the first to point out that his goal tally is something he wants to improve this season. An opening day strike has set the standard but the midfielder is keen to add more: “I definitely believe one of the main things I want to improve is my goal tally. As an attack minded player, obviously scoring goals is a big part of that, so I’m aiming to be more clinical in the final third this year to help contribute more to the team.”
Last season was Rosenquest’s first in the Western League after previously playing a few seasons of Peninsula league football with Tavistock, and the midfielder knows that consistency is again, the most important difference between the leagues: ” If I’m honest, there isn’t a huge amount of difference in the league in terms of ability , I think this will be seen when we play Tavistock and Exmouth this year. However, in the Western League, even if you are playing a side in the top or bottom half, you can never guarantee three points, let alone three easy points. Every game is always extremely competitive and tough and you need to have consistency to give yourself a solid foundation.
Teigan and the squad travel to St Marys Field this weekend to play Adam Fricker’s Bridport in what will be the clubs first away game of the season. The first midweek game will take place at Bolitho Park the following Wednesday as Kevin Hill brings his Exmouth Town side to Plymouth for another Devon derby. The squad then return to Bolitho on Saturday, as their FA Cup journey continues against Southern League South side Paulton Rovers.
By Mike Parrish