Tuesday, September 24, 2013
After the disappointment of their exit from the FA Vase, Exmouth Town have another attractive home fixture this Saturday when Budleigh Salterton are the visitors in the first round of the SWPL Throgmorton Cup, writes John Dibsdall.
Kick-off at Southern Road is 2.30pm with extra time and penalties if needed to decide the winners who will meet either Axminster or Appledore in the next round.
Two goals in a seven minutes spell in the second half condemned Town to a 2-0 defeat by Buckland Athletic last Saturday as their Toolstation Western League Premier Division visitors edged a closely contested cup tie.
Town could have gone ahead in the opening minute when hesitancy in the Buckland defence gave Ace High the chance to score from six yards but he prodded his shot wide with the ‘keeper stranded. The remainder of the half saw both sides seeing plenty of the ball but neither wishing to commit men forward and there was little goalmouth action.
The second half started in a similar vein with both defences giving nothing away. Lloyd Gardner had one effort flash past the post and High headed narrowly over. Grant Fisher made one important save but was powerless to prevent Buckland taking the lead on seventy minutes. For the first time a Buckland player was found unmarked in the box and he made no mistake with a fine left foot volley.
Town’s response saw High hit the top of the crossbar but a minute later an in swinging corner was headed home at the near post. Jamie Mudge created a chance for himself but was unable to find the target as Buckland ran down the clock to give them a place in the first round proper and collect £800 in prize money.
Last Tuesday evening Town travelled to Witheridge and came away with a very hard fought point. They took the lead in the first half with High latching on to a pass from Dan Boere to score for the fifth consecutive game.
Town were pegged back in the second half but created a couple of chances before Witheridge finally scored the equaliser their second half performance deserved in the ninety third minute ironically by Town old boy Kyle Bassett.