Tuesday, October 8, 2013
St Austell 1, Exmouth Town 2
After two disappointing cup defeats Town returned to SWPL Premier Division action and maintained their one-hundred per cent record against Cornish clubs with a dramatic 2-1 victory at St Austell, writes John Dibsdall.
The early exchanges were even although Town showed they potentially had more threat going forward as both Lewis Coombes and Dan Boere tested the home custodian with shots that were parried to safety.
The match might have hinged on an incident in the thirty fourth minute when central defender Kai Fisher was booked for dissent and was then shown a second yellow and subsequent red for his reaction to the original booking.
To compound problems St Austell took the lead three minutes before the break with a well placed drive from twenty-yards.
Two minutes into the second half Grant Fisher made an excellent save to keep the deficit to one and from thereon Town grew in confidence. In Coombes and Ace High they had two willing and able front runners who showed they could outpace the home defence.
On fifty five minutes Coombes chased down what had looked a lost cause and his first time cross was met by High to give Town their equaliser. With the midfield and defence working tirelessly and Fisher secure in goal Town now pressed forward and Kevin Hill was unlucky to see his header cleared off the line.
As Town continued to take the game to their opponents they were rewarded for their efforts on eighty minutes.
Again High used his pace and strength to win a ball that the defender should have cleared and was then brought down in the area and Boere drove the resulting penalty into the top corner of the goal. Town then played out the final minutes without alarm to inflict on St Austell their first home defeat of the season and seal a victory that retained third position in the table with games in hand on the top two.
This Saturday Town entertain last years champions, Bodmin Town, who have found form after an uncertain start to the season.
Having lost their opening two games, both at home, they have since drawn two and won seven, their last five games all being victorious.
They currently sit sixth in the table just two points behind Town having played a game more.
On Wednesday evening Town have another attractive fixture when they play Exeter City at St James Park in the Devon St Lukes Challenge Cup kick off 7.30pm.
This will be the first time the Town have contested this competition since they withdrew from the Western League in 2005. The all-conquering side of the 80’s won the cup in seasons 1984/5, 1988/9 and 1989/90.