Exmouth Town net back-to-back wins for the first time this season

PUBLISHED: 17:13 11 October 2017

Action from the Exmouth Town game at Ivybridge

Action from the Exmouth Town game at Ivybridge

NIC RANDALL

Exmouth Town’s new management team have made the best possible start with back-to-back victories for the first time this season, writes John Dibsdall.

Town’s 2-1 success over Stoke Gabriel last Wednesday evening ended a run of five consecutive defeats and saw the team record their first victory in 10 games.

A Martin Finneron strike had given Town a 12th minute lead and they were in complete control when the visitors’ Lloyd Clark sustained a broken leg three minutes later. Due to the speed of the response from the paramedics who treated the injured player on the pitch the game was only delayed for 35 minutes and despite some players calling for the match to be abandoned play continued.

The break in play had disrupted Town’s control and for the remainder of the half the visitors dictated play and scored a deserved equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

The second half saw both sides create half chances, but it was Town who finished the stronger and Finneron headed home the winner with eight minutes remaining.

As has been the case all season, Town were forced to make changes for the visit to Ivybridge with eight players missing from the squad of 16 selected for the Stoke match as the reserves were involved in a Devon Premier Cup tie. Joint-manager Andy Rawlings drafted in his twin boys Sam and Jack and Will Pitman also started.

Good closing down by Finneron, led to a defensive mix-up and Ace High was left with a tap in to open the scoring on 14 minutes. As Town dominated the first half Ben Steer brought two excellent saves out of the home custodian and High had two efforts cleared off the line. Finneron thought he should have been awarded a penalty when he appeared to be pulled back and Max Gillard flashed another header narrowly wide.

The second half saw the swirling wind more to the home side’s favour, but in a stirring defensive display, in which Dave Rowe was outstanding and ably supported by Steve Avery, they restricted the home side to long-range efforts comfortably handled by Joe Moore.

Indeed, the nearest they came to scoring was a clearing header by High that was too close to the top corner for comfort!

Quick thinking by Steer when Town were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area saw him play a short pass to High, who struck the ball off the inside of the near post with the defence lining up expecting a deep cross to seal a very rewarding victory.

Full credit goes to every member of the side who battled to the end in very testing conditions.

This Saturday (October 14) sees a break from League action when Cullompton Rangers visit Southern Road in the second round of the Walter C Parsons League Cup, the competition in which Town reached the final last season. Kick-off is 2.30pm with extra time and penalties if needed.

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