Thursday, October 17, 2013
Exmouth Town 0, Bodmin Town 0
An inspired display by former Exeter City shot stopper Kevin Miller helped Bodmin Town become the first SWPL side to prevent Town from scoring in a league match this season, writes John Dibsdall.
Despite the goalless score line this was an entertaining match that saw both ‘keepers bring off outstanding saves at crucial times. Town were the dominant side in the first half and Miller made his first save on ten minutes when he turned Dan Boere’s well placed shot away. From the resulting corner Lewis Coombes had a header cleared off the line. As Town continued to apply the pressure Coombes set up Shea Saunders but Miller was quickly off his line to block the shot. As the half closed Bodmin had one long range effort go wide and then Grant Fisher had to be alert to deal with a close range header.
Town continued to take the game to the current SWPL champions and Ace High shot pass the far post before Bodmin enjoyed their best spell of the game. On fifty minutes Fisher made an outstanding save to prevent the visitors taking the lead but ten minutes later was relieved to see a close range shot hit the outside of the post. With both sides looking for that all important goal the game flowed from end to end and both pairs of central defenders were kept busy. It was Town who created the best chance with five minutes to go when an excellent run and cross from Jamie Moore was met by Town debutant James Ansell who saw his header pawed away to safety as Miller earned his Man of the Match accolade.
The point gained has kept Town fifth in the league with games in hand on all the sides above them with the exception of Plymouth Parkway who have a 100 per cent record from their nine games.
This Saturday Town travel to Torpoint Athletic and then are at home on Wednesday evening when Elburton Villa are the visitors kick off 7.30pm.
Town will be looking for revenge against both sides. Last year their were beaten 2-1 by Villa in the semi-final of the Throgmorton Cup but you have to go back to October 1994 when Town were knocked out of the FA Vase 4-1 away at Torpoint.