Exmouth Town produced a memorable fightback to record their first ever win in the FA Trophy and inflict on Wimborne Town their first defeat of the season in all competitions, writes John Dibsdall.

The early exchanges were cagey before the visitors opened the scoring on 15 minutes with a deflected shot. Twenty minutes later, Wimborne were reduced to ten men following a straight red card for dissent.

Town’s best moment of the half was a rasping drive by Aarron Denny that produced an equally good save.

Unlucky to be a goal down at the break, Town conceded their second when Andrew Sowden-Bird made an excellent stop but was powerless when the rebound was returned with interest.

The introduction of Ben Steer on 75 minutes was the catalyst for Town’s comeback. He immediately won a penalty, drilled home by fellow substitute Jordan Harris but Town conceded again within a minute.

Now in full attacking mode, a superb Denny pass put Bradley Cox through to hammer home Town’s second with 85 minutes played before Steer equalised on 90 minutes. In added time, Harris had an opportunity to win the game, as his prodded shot beat the ‘keeper but went narrowly wide.

And so to penalties. James Richards scored first for Town before Wimborne’s first penalty went wide. Cox, Harris and Steer all scored penalties, which were all matched by Wimborne, giving Town the chance to win 5-3.

The glory of scoring the winning penalty fell on the tender shoulders of 18 year-old Harvey Field, who, showing excellent composure, struck his left foot shot into the top corner to seal a superb comeback.

For his all-round efforts, a superb goal and a well struck penalty, the Man of the Match award was presented to Bradley Cox by the Match Sponsors CC Group.

Town will travel to Oxfordshire based Kidlington in the next round with the tie to be played on Saturday September 23. They compete in the Southern League Division One Central Division.

Next up for Town is a trip to Devon rivals Willand Rovers this Saturday. Having won their opening three league games, Willand have lost at Paulton Rovers in the league and went down 2-0 at Larkhall Athletic in the Trophy last Saturday.