Exmouth Town held by 9-man Callington
PUBLISHED: 13:14 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:14 13 December 2017
Exmouth Town will travel to Cornish side Sticker this Saturday without leading goal scorer Ace High and influential midfielder Brandon Green, who both received red cards in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Callington Town at Southern Road.
Green received a straight red in Town’s midweek defeat to Cullompton Rangers in the St Lukes Bowl.
Town went behind to a quality goal started by ex-Town player Alex Greening. His excellent pass found Ash Donohue on the left hand side, and his first time cross was turned in by Ollie Aplin giving debutant, teenager Josh McLean, in Town’s goal, no chance.
Cully’s second goal came from the last meaningful kick of the game from Tom Beddow, who raced clear to score. In between, Town huffed and puffed but did not threaten to score.
Against Callington on Saturday, Town bossed proceedings in the first half and deservedly went ahead midway through the half.
A fine passing move culminated in Green firing home from the edge of the penalty area. Town had two penalty shouts turned away, while High brought a decent save out of the visiting custodian, who was constantly in the action as Town forced a series of corners.
The second half started in a similar vein with Scott Merritt and Ben Steer having efforts narrowly miss the target. Town were stunned when Callington equalised on 55 minutes, a driven corner being headed home at the near post.
The goal gave the visitors added confidence and Town cleared another corner off the line and they should have scored when arguably their best player missed an open goal. Town also created chances and Sam Rawlings and Steer both had shots saved.
In what had been a keenly contested match from two relatively young sides - Town fielding seven players aged under 20 - an incident five minutes from the end was completely out of character.
A Callington player reacted far too strongly to a robust challenge from Dave Rowe and was eventually shown a straight red card.
The delay was due to the officials having to sort out the melee that followed the incident with High and another Callington player, rightly or wrongly, also receiving red cards with Rowe being shown a yellow for the initial challenge.
For the remainder of the game, Callington were happy to defend in depth and secure the point their second-half performance deserved.