Thursday, January 16, 2014
Exmouth Town 0, Newquay 2
Town missed the chance to go to the top of the SWPL Premier Division table when they were beaten 2-0 by the Cornish visitors last Saturday losing their unbeaten home league record in the process, writes John Dibsdall.
Without a game for the last four weeks you could see that Town were missing their normal fluency and up against a side that had played twice in that period found themselves against opponents that were sharper in all areas of the pitch.
That said, Town competed well on fitness and took the game to their opponents throughout the ninety minutes but they lacked their normal quality and composure in and around the penalty area.
After debutant Richard Griffin had produced a strong run and shot Town fell behind on thirteen minutes.
Having conceded an unnecessary free kick, they failed to deal with the resulting cross and allowed Ollie Gibson a free header from which he made no mistake.
Town were well on top for the next twenty minutes but failed to convert two excellent crosses from Andrew Thomson and were further punished for these lapses on thirty four minutes. There appeared little danger when Matt Drummond picked the ball up thirty yards from goal.
Having advanced five yards without a challenge he drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the goal giving ‘keeper Zack Lee no chance.
Town created half chances at the start of the second half and should have pulled a goal back when Lloyd Gardner set up Griffin but he blazed the ball over the crossbar, In the closing moments Dan Boere had a shot well held by the visiting ‘keeper, his only save of note, and in a final flourish Newquay had to clear a looping header off the line.
This Saturday Town make the trip to Elmore a side they beat 3-1 back in August with a goal from Kevin Hill and a brace from Andrew Thomson.