Exmouth Town slipped to a second consecutive 1-0 home defeat when they were beaten by Lymington Town last Saturday, the last time they lost two home league games on the trot being in the 2017/18 season.

Lymington quickly showed why they are one of the inform sides in the division, one defeat in their last twelve games, taking the game to Town and seeing one shot blocked by Ace High on two minutes and quick thinking by Robbie Powell preventing another opportunity.

As Town came more into the game, Ben Steer saw his effort easily gathered by the ‘keeper but play was largely restricted to the middle of the park with both sides unable to break down solid defences.

That changed when a fine cross found an unmarked Lymington striker who scored with a composed finish.

Throughout the second half Exmouth were the more dominant side but were unable to create any clear-cut chances with long range efforts failing to find the target.

The visitors had the best chance to make the game safe when their goal scorer failed to find the net from close range but the visitors still held put for the win.

In the 19 games played before the New Year, Exmouth accumulated 32 points that saw them challenging for a top-five finish. Since then, in 13 games, they have won one and drawn five for eight points that have seen them slip down the table as injuries have taken their toll and they are now beginning to look over their shoulder at the wrong end of the table.

Whilst they are unlikely to be in one of the bottom two places that are automatically relegated if they were to finish in either third or fourth from bottom then they may be involved in a one-off match against a side finishing second in a step five league.

Whilst this could be from the Western League, it would ultimately depend on the geographical position of other clubs throughout the step 4/5 pyramid system.

This Saturday, they travel to play Bishops Cleeve and the Cheltenham-based side are one point behind Town with a game in hand, having won four and drawn three of their last twelve games.

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