Exe beaten but performance is better than a 5-0 defeat suggests

PUBLISHED: 09:08 14 November 2013

Exe 0, Slough 5

Exe might have gone down by a five-goal margin, but that was harsh on them as they contributed much to a fine contest.

After a half-term break Exe lined up against a strong and well-organised table topping visiting side.

The match began with both teams adopting a high-tempo approach with plenty of pace on show in all areas.

Exe looked good in midfield where Kelly Barrett (nee Lusky) and Clare Whitworth, worked hard in possession. Forwards Molly Coleman and Laura Allen showed excellent strength and skill and created problems for a slick Slough side.

The deadlock was broken by the visitors with England International Ashleigh Ball firing the ball home. There followed a period of play that saw Exe make a some basic errors and these were seized upon and punished by a clinical Slough team who doubled their lead. Exe, with Sarah Payne and Laura Jones working hard on either flank, gave as good as they got.

After the break Exe tried to match Slough’s strength and looked to move the ball quickly fro defence to attack and the combination of Bridie Marlow and Molly Coleman gave the visitors plenty to think about!

Exe had Kirsty Crocker sent off late on and the visitors took control slotting a couple of short corners in quick concession. It was England star Ball who finished what she started with the games fifth and final goal.

Exe travel on Saturday to a Barnes side that sit just above them in the table.

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