Exmouth Town’s first home league win of the season continues to elude them but their performance against Westbury United deserved more than a 1-1 draw, writes John Dibsdall. 

Whilst Westbury started the game in the ascendency, they failed to threaten Town’s goal and the only blemish came with a booking for Aarron Denny for retaliation with the original foul going unpunished.

Town took the lead on 30 minutes when a cross was headed back across goal by Mike Landricombe for Tom Bath to score his first goal for the club, heading home off the underside of the bar.

Continuing to press at the start of the second half, they had the opportunity to double their lead when Nelson Iscguan was hacked down for a penalty, only for Louis Morison to hit the inside of the post with the ball eventually being cleared.

To compound the disappointment of that miss, minutes later, Denny was shown a second yellow for a high challenge meaning Town had to play the remaining 30 minutes with ten men.

With disciplined defending, they kept their goal intact until the 87th minute, when they failed to clear a free kick and the ball was hammered home.

With the referee showing seven minutes of added time but probably playing ten, Town looked the more likely to score. Morison hammered a free kick that bounced off the top of the crossbar and then headed home, only for the referee to disallow for a foul on the ‘keeper that only he seemed to spot.

So, Town had to settle for a point when, not for the first time this season, decisions have clearly not gone their way. As well as Denny, manager Kevin Hill was also shown a red card when comments from the bench, for which the Manager is held responsible, were directed at the officials.

Other results mean that Town are now six points adrift at the foot of the table and this Saturday they travel to Larkhall Athletic where an Ace High header gave them a 1-0 victory last season.

Before that, they will attempt to play their St. Lukes Cup tie against Cullompton Rangers, postponed from last week, on Wednesday night, kick off 7.30pm.