Exe run comes to an end

PUBLISHED: 15:49 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

Exe Ladies 1, Firebrands 3 National League West With Exe feeling confident after two consecutive wins, the team had high hopes of continuing the run and moving up into second in the table. Exe started strongly but couldn't find that final ball to penetra

Exe Ladies 1, Firebrands 3National League WestWith Exe feeling confident after two consecutive wins, the team had high hopes of continuing the run and moving up into second in the table. Exe started strongly but couldn't find that final ball to penetrate the attacking quarter. Firebrands found their way into Exe's circle on 15 minutes, following an attacking move down the right, eventually resulting in a lifted shot into the left side of the goal.The game certainly became more physical, with players fighting hard for the ball. Helen Johnson and Jane Cann worked particularly hard in the middle and, along with Harriet Payne, thwarted a number of attacks. However, Firebrands got through eventually when a cross from the left found an attacker who slotted the ball home.Exe were determined not to give up 'their fortress' easily and the breakthrough came after Sarah Payne hit a fantastic ball from the defending quarter, which put Jo Pope clear with just the goalkeeper to beat. Pope drove into the circle and rounded the keeper before showing fine composure to place the ball into the goal from an increasingly narrowing angle. This goal gave Exe momentum and an equaliser looked likely. But an unfortunate injury suffered by captain Jo Pope was a blow to the home team. Half time came with the score at 2-1 to the visitors from Bristol.Both teams started the second half with intent, with the two goalkeepers called into action on several occasions.Exe wanted to find the equaliser, knowing Firebrands were rattled going into half time. It was Firebrands who increased their lead after a tackle outside the circle was deemed worthy of a short corner. Firebrands struck hard and scored a crucial third goal.Despite relentless running from the whole team, Exe were unable to find the goals they needed. The Exe men stay 3rd in their league following and exciting 4-4 draw with Taunton Civil Service.

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