Exmouth Town are on the FA Vase trail again this Saturday when they travel to Toolstation Premier Division side Wells City, writes John Dibsdall.

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After an indifferent start to the season the Somerset side have found their form winning their last two games scoring ten goals without reply. Last Saturday they despatched Barnstaple Town 4-0 despite losing their goalkeeper to injury early in the game. If the sides are level after extra-time then the replay will be at Southern Road on Wednesday September 19, kick off 7.45pm.

Town maintained their unbeaten start to the season when they defeated Alphington last Saturday 4-1. Apart from a Dan Fulls effort that was turned away by the home ‘keeper the first half was a pretty turgid affair. Both sides were missing key players and this showed as all too often the ball was given away and the half time whistle came as a relief.

I believe strong words were said in Town’s dressing room although Alphington should have taken the lead five minutes into the second half when Peter Darke rounded ‘keeper Liam Jones but delayed his shot allowing Tom Taylor to clear off the line. This was clearly the wake up call that Town needed and their response was immediate. Good retrieval work by Fulls eventually led to Richie Ralph crossing for Ben Shephard to head home at the near post.

To their credit Alphington then took the game to Town, but central defenders Ben Clay and Ben Wholley were more than equal to the task. As the hosts pushed forward gaps began to appear in their defence and Town took full advantage. On seventy eight minutes an Adam Hill cross caused confusion in the home defence and a controlled finish from Dan Boere doubled Town’s lead. Six minutes later Boere was again in the right place to strike home the third. Kenny Smith pulled one back for the home side on eighty five minutes but eighteen year old Nathan Doble making his debut capped a fine cameo appearance as sub when he was on hand to score the fourth after Shephard’s initial shot was saved.

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