Exmouth Town suffer first home league defeat since Boxing Day 2018

The Exmouth Town flag that can be seen at home and away games. Picture MARTIN COOK

The Exmouth Town flag that can be seen at home and away games. Picture MARTIN COOK - Credit: Archant

Exmouth Town suffered a first home league defeat since Boxing Day 2018 when beaten 4-3 in a thrilling floodlit encounter by Shepton Mallet on Wednesday night.

In an extraordinary finish, Town trailed 3-1 with seven minutes remaining and dug deep enough to get back on level terms.

They then went in search of a winner only to be caught on the break with the visitors netting an injury time winner, albeit a goal that looked suspiciously off-side.

Remember the FA Cup defeat and the second ‘off-side’ goal that killed off Town? Yes, lightning does, indeed, strike twice!

The game kicked off late - finally getting underway at 8pm after the Somerset side had been held up on the M5 motorway on their way to Southern Road.

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A close encounter of a first half followed with Town holding the half-time advantage courtesy of an own goal.

It was a second own goal that saw parity restored with some 20 minutes remaining. The visitors then scored twice in quick succession to lead 3-1 and, with the clock ticking down, the long unbeaten record in league matches looked to be gone.

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However, with seven minutes remaining Ben Steer got Town back into it, making it 3-2 and it was soon 3-3 as a high ball into a crowded area was headed past his own goalkeeper by a visiting defender!

However, it was all to end in tears as Town then shipped a fourth - all beit wuith that huge elemtn of off-side about it - in added time, to end up being beaten by the odd goal in seven.

One statistic about an amazing night that is so worthy of print is the fact that on a damp evening a magnificent turnout of support saw the gate confirmed at 163.

Town are back in home action on Saturday (October 24) when they entertain Hallen.

Kick-off is at 3pm and supporters are reminded that once again Town’s very efficient ‘track-and-trace’ operation will be in operation and so supporters are asked to allow extra time in terms of getting into the ground.

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