Exmouth Town stay top after hard-earned victory in Cornwall

08:58 27 March 2014

Action between Exmouth Town and St Blazey at Southern Road on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7162-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Action between Exmouth Town and St Blazey at Southern Road on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7162-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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St Blazey 2, Exmouth Town 3

Exmouth Town had to show all their battling qualities to maintain their lead at the top of the SWPL Premier Division after successful visit to Cornwall, writes John Dibsdall.

At half time they were 1-0 ahead and the only talking points were they should have had three or four goals and game over. The goal came on twenty minutes, a shot from Lloyd Gardner was blocked and Ace High drove the loose ball into the back of the net. High and Jamie Moore had efforts well saved by the visiting ‘keeper who at this stage was a clear ‘Man of the Match’ contender.

The complexion of the game changed in the opening minute of the second half. A long through ball should have been comfortably dealt with but hesitation caused Town’s downfall and suddenly a loose ball was turned into an unguarded goal. From a side that had appeared disinterested in the first half the visitors suddenly had their tails up and it was no surprise when they took the lead on fifty five minutes. This time the goal was well manufactured and a right foot volley was sweetly struck into the bottom corner.

There was controversy over Town’s equaliser on sixty five minutes. Gardner drove at the defence and struck a left foot drive that was too powerful for the ‘keeper to hold. The ball hit the underside of the crossbar and to Town’s players came down well over the line but spun back into play. The officials clearly thought it was a ‘goal’ and despite the protests from St. Blazey the goal stood. Two minutes later and Town were in front. A pin-point cross from Gardner saw Ansell steal in at the near post and head home. Back came the visitors who had what they thought was a penalty turned down and as the game flowed from end to end High brought out the best from their ‘keeper. There was still time for Chris Wright to make an excellent save and the visitors to hit the crossbar as Town held on to claim a well earned three points.

Town were in action on Tuesday when they visited Saltash and this Saturday make the trip to another of their title challengers Ivybridge who are managed by ex Budleigh boy Nicky Marker who won the Premiership with Blackburn Rovers in the 1994/5 season.

The ‘celebration’ service for Kevin Bellamy (‘Bells’), went off perfectly last Friday. It was standing room only in a packed clubhouse following the funeral as the life of a dear friend of Exmouth Town was celebrated. Amongst those attending were Town players from the 1990’s. It was a send off that ‘Bells’ would have enjoyed!

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