Town all set for Launceston visit

PUBLISHED: 18:13 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 21 February 2018

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth Town welcome Launceston to Southern Road this Saturday (February 24) where they will be hoping to score their first goals and secure their first win of 2018, writes John Dibsdall.

Last Saturday, Town entertained Falmouth and the opening 35 minutes gave little indication that the home side would eventually succumb to a 4-0 defeat.

Town had the first chance after just three minutes when Si Withers saw his well-placed shot tipped around the post.

Five minutes later and Joe Moore in the home goal also saved well. The turning point of the game came on 34 minutes when Ben Steer fell awkwardly in the box. With the referee turning away half-hearted appeals for a penalty, it was apparent that Steer had sustained an injury to his arm and there was a delay of about five minutes whilst he was treated. He eventually came back on to the field of play, but it was soon apparent he could not continue and was replaced by Lee Hill. Falmouth went ahead on 42 minutes when their leading scorer, Jordan Annear, took full advantage of some weak challenges to score from close range. If the sides had gone into the break with just the one goal separating them then there would have been all to play for in the second half.

With seven minutes of added time played, Falmouth scored their second goal and a minute later their third, and effectively the game was over.

Sam Schaefli brought a decent save from the visiting custodian, but Town fell further behind on 65 minutes when a cross sailed into the top corner.

To their credit, Town kept plugging away, but the harsh reality is that at this level you will be punished if mistakes are made in and around the penalty area.

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