Thursday, August 22, 2013
A superb first half performance was the key to Exmouth Town claiming their fourth straight victory with a 3-1 Wednesday night defeat of Elmore, a win that takes them to the top of the SWPL Premier Division table, writes John Dibsdall.
In the opening minutes Jamie Mudge and Lloyd Gardner saw efforts just clear the crossbar and it was no surprise when Town took the lead on fifteen minutes.
Kevin Hill opening his account on his return to the club with a well directed header from an Andrew Thomson corner.
It was ‘Thommo’ who was the star of the first half scoring his first of the season with a right foot volley on twenty minutes.
He added his second on thirty six minutes following a breathtaking counter attack. Elmore had a free kick on the edge of Town’s penalty area. The cross was cleared to Ace High who ran fully sixty yards before releasing Mudge. His shot hit the underside of the bar and on rebounding out Thomson followed up to head home. Mudge had been denied twice in as many minutes by excellent saves from the ‘keeper who also did well to turn a High shot around the corner.
At the break one suspects some harsh words were said in the Elmore dressing room who had come into this match on the back of 5-1 and 4-1 victories. They showed far more urgency and commitment and gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a splendid thirty yard strike on sixty six minutes. With one eye on Saturday’s match at Plymouth Parkway Town rang the changes, and late on High glanced a header wide as Town ran down the clock to a comfortable victory.
So Town sit proudly top of the Premier Division and can now look forward to Saturday’s game at the side many fancy will lift the top honour this season, Plymouth Parkway.