Green nets late winner as Exmouth Town see off Ivybridge

PUBLISHED: 12:28 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 07 December 2017

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

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A fine second-half comeback secured all three points for Exmouth Town in their match with Ivybridge as they overturned a one-goal deficit at half-time to win 2-1, writes John Dibsdall.

To go into the break only one down was the best Town could hope for after a first-half performance that was poor, both individually and collectively. Ivybridge showed more desire and better technical ability as they passed the ball well and thoroughly deserved their goal after 18 minutes.

With Town failing to register one effort on goal, the half-time break gave the management team the opportunity to address matters and Town were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when a rash challenge upended Ace High, but their appeals fell on deaf ears.

Indeed, both sides had reason to be dissatisfied with some of the decisions and both should have had penalties for fouls given that were clearly in the penalty area but not to the eyes of the officials.

The equaliser came on 68 minutes. An excellent 40-yard cross-field pass by Ben Steer was met by High, who controlled the ball and his first-time shot nestled in the back of the net.

Town thought they had won the game when Brandon Green was faced with an open goal, but he screwed his effort wide.

He was to make no mistake though, deep into added time, when set up by High his shot found the corner to leave the home supporters happy and the away contingent wandering how they had lost a game they had controlled for long periods.

Town have now won six, drawn one and lost two of the nine league games played since Kevin Miller and Andy Rawlings took charge and will be looking to add to the victories when Callington Town are the visitors this Saturday (December 9).

When the sides met in Cornwall in August honours ended even at 1-1.

Town were also in action last night when they met Cullompton Rangers in the quarter-final of the St Lukes Bowl (see www.exmouthjournal.co.uk to find out how they got on).

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