Thursday, September 4, 2014
A James Ansell second half hat trick eased Exmouth Town to a comfortable 5-1 victory over Camelford last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.
Town will have been hoping to continue that form when they entertained Witheridge last night, although a much closer contest would have been expected.
This Saturday Town travel to Launceston, the sides having drawn 1-1 already this season, but are back at Southern Road next Wednesday when Stoke Gabriel are the visitors kick off 7.30pm.
Town made a slow start against Camelford and the visitors shocked the home crowd when they opened the scoring with just six minutes on the clock. Neat build up play was rewarded when the ball was passed along the eighteen yard line and a curling right foot shot found its way into the bottom corner.
Town were patient in their play keeping possession but when the chances came they were unable to find the finishing touch. Jordan Hopkins and Karl Rickard both went close before the equaliser came on thirty seven minutes. A free kick on the edge of the penalty box was taken by Dan Boere and the initial shot cannoned against the defensive wall. Boere reacted quickest to the rebound and produced a rasping drive into the top corner with the ‘keeper helpless. Three minutes later and Town were ahead when Boere was brought down in the box and calmly converted the resulting penalty.
The second half saw Town take full control and after Jamie Moore had crashed a twenty yard drive against the crossbar James Ansell took centre stage. His first goal came on sixty minutes when he converted a cross from Alex Greening. His second on eighty two minutes came with a well- directed header following an excellent cross from Barry McConnell and he completed his hat trick with two minutes remaining following another decisive break from Hopkins.
Following on from his hat trick at Elburton Villa Ansell is the first player for Town to score three goals in consecutive games certainly since Town entered the South West Peninsula League in the inaugural season in 2007/08 and I’m not sure that Kevin Smith achieved that particular feat in the 1988/89 season when he set a club record of 58 goals in all competitions.
Last Tuesday the club was inspected by officers of the SWPL on behalf of the Football Association
and they were satisfied with the improvements that have been made. The club have to provide a ‘lux’ report showing the strength and coverage of the floodlights, which we know exceeds the required reading and a fire risk assessment on the covered standing area which has now been completed. On production of these reports the ground will be given a G grading which will allow them to enter FA Cup competitions next season.