Thursday, September 5, 2013
Exmouth Town 2, Godolphin Athletic 0
Town made it five wins out of six when they overcame a competent Cornish outfit, writes John Dibsdall.
The Newquay-based side had beaten Town 4-1 in the pre season Charity Vase curtain raiser, but Town were in a determined mood to get back to winning ways following their defeat to Plymouth Parkway seven days before.
The opening exchanges saw Ace High head narrowly wide at the far post and Grant Fisher comfortably hold a speculative thirty yard volley. A typical High chase saw him run down a defender and lash a shot wide before the visitors responded with a twenty yard free kick that smashed against the post.
Scoreless at half time Town broke the deadlock on forty seven minutes with Ben Woolley scoring his first goal for the club. His cross-cum-shot had sufficient pace and swerve to deceive the ‘keeper and nestle in the far top corner.
High was a constant threat all afternoon and it needed a brave save to deny him on sixty five minutes and then he headed against the post. His efforts were finally rewarded on seventy two minutes that was a culmination of some excellent football from both sides. Fisher had twice produced match winning saves as Godolphin searched for the equaliser.
Their third corner in as many minutes was finally cleared to Lloyd Gardner who produced an inch perfect pass for High to run onto and slot pass the advancing ‘keeper.
With Sam Woodin marshalling the defence Town were able to withstand late pressure without any real moments of concern to inflict on the visitors their first defeat of the campaign.
Town were in action again last evening when Saltash United were the visitors, their latest win a 6-0 victory at Bovey Tracey that took their goals tally to twenty one in just five league games.
Town are without a match this Saturday and are next in action away to Newquay.
They then have a very attractive fixture in the FA Vase on September 21, when Buckland Athletic of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division are the visitors to Southern Road.