Thursday, October 17, 2013
Exeter City 4, Exmouth Town 2
Exmouth Town gave a very creditable performance before losing 4-2 to Exeter City in the Devon St Lukes Cup at St James Park, writes John Dibsdall.
This was always going to be a tough ask especially as City fielded five players that have played for the first team this season including Exmouth born Aaron Dawson.
Town shocked the Grecian faithful when they took the lead on five minutes. Sam Woodin hit a free kick to the far post where it was met by Ed Weekes to head across goal for Lewis Coombes to head firmly past Christy Pym in the home goal.
City were soon into their stride and their tempo and movement was a feature throughout the game. Their equaliser came on ten minutes when Grant Fisher could only parry a free kick from Jimmy Keohane into the path of Matt Jay who rammed home the loose ball. Two minutes later and City were ahead. Jake Gosling whipped over a penetrating cross and Jay swept the ball into the net.
At this stage you feared that Town may be overrun, but as City dominated possession Town stuck to their task and apart from one excellent save by Fisher restricted City to long range efforts.
Town came more into the game at the start of the second half and a strong run from Coombes resulted in Andrew Thomson shooting narrowly over the crossbar.
As Town continued to press a raking cross field pass from Alex Greening found Dan Boere and his first time cross was met by Ace High to give Town their equaliser on fifty five minutes.
Any thoughts that Town would go on to cause an upset were soon dispelled as a strong run through the middle by Jay and an astute pass led to Tom Nicholls clear on goal and he calmly slipped the ball past Fisher on sixty minutes.
Despite controlling play and creating chances City had to wait until the eighty seventh minute to make the game safe when Nicholls won and then converted a penalty.