Exmouth score five in opening friendly

Ace High of Exmouth Town on the break from Dale of Verwood Town during pre season match between Exmo

Ace High of Exmouth Town on the break from Dale of Verwood Town during pre season match between Exmouth Town and Verwood Town at Exmouth Football Club, Exmouth, Devon on 3 July 2021. - PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK - Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Exmouth Town kicked off their pre-season friendly programme with an entertaining home match against Verwood Town from the Wessex League.  
Basked in glorious Southern Road sunshine, the 150+ Exmouth Town faithful were treated to a cracking game of football, with Town running out 5-3 victors, two late goals from the visitors somewhat taking the shine off what was a very promising first start of the season. 
Town took the lead in the ninth minute when one of three trialists, Sam Bosworth, headed in from close range. A deflected shot brought the visitors level three minutes later before Town’s leading goal scorer over the past two seasons, Jordan Harris, restored the lead with a fine left foot drive on 26 minutes.  
Ten minutes later and a similar strike increased the lead before Ace High headed home the fourth from an Aarron Denny corner to give Town a comfortable 4-1 lead at the break. 
Manager Kevin Hill was able to make changes for the second half and substitute Scott Stevenson added the fifth with a diving header on the hour mark.  
To their credit Verwood kept trying to go forward, reducing the arrears with a well worked goal before an excellent strike in the last minute followed by an impressive back flip put a big smile on the Verwood faces. 
Next up for the first team is a match next Wednesday (July 14) when Sidmouth Town are the visitors for a 7.30pm kick-off, whilst this Saturday will see Town Reserves entertain Exmouth Spartans from 2pm. 
Prior to kick off last weekend, Club President John Dibsdall presented to Paul Hodge, accepting on behalf of his father Ken, a certificate in recognition of Ken being elected as a Life Member.  
Like all clubs, Town need the support and commitment of their volunteers and Ken had been the gateman for all of the twelve years that Town had been members of the South West Peninsula League. 
All things considered, a fine start to the pre-season campaign and fantastic to see supporters back at the club.  

Hasham Ashraf of Exmouth Town during pre season match between Exmouth Town and Verwood Town at Exmou

Hasham Ashraf of Exmouth Town during pre season match between Exmouth Town and Verwood Town at Exmouth Football Club, Exmouth, Devon on 3 July 2021. - PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK - Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK


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