10-man Town exit cup after blowing two-goal advantage

PUBLISHED: 13:06 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 25 September 2018

Exmouth Town at home to Newquay. Ref exsp 37 18TI 0893. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Town at home to Newquay. Ref exsp 37 18TI 0893. Picture: Terry Ife

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After two weeks of cup football, Exmouth Town return to South West Peninsula League action this Saturday when they welcome Godolphin Atlantic to Southern Road. Town were also in league action last night (Tuesday) against Plymouth Argyle, writes John Dibsdall.

Saturday’s Newquay-based opposition are mid-table in the league with three wins and two draws from their eight matches played.

Town will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent home record and return to winning ways following their 4-2 defeat last Saturday at Elmore in the Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors Cup, effectively the South West Peninsula League, League Cup.

If ever there was a game of two halves, this one certainly fitted the bill! Town dominated the first half, scoring their two goals with their opponents not having an effort on target.

They went ahead on 15 minutes when a fierce Nathan Cooper shot was deflected into the net and doubled the lead on 42 minutes when Ace High continued his fine goal-scoring run, sliding in at the far post to convert an excellent Aaron Denny cross.

The match changed with a controversial refereeing decision on the stroke of half-time! A rash challenge from Jamie Dirrane was deemed punishable by a straight red when many observers felt a yellow card would have been sufficient.

With Town already missing Chris Ibbeson and Dave Rowe, Mark Lever played the second half as a makeshift central defender.

Elmore this season have won nine and drawn one of their 10 games played and are favourites to win the East Division.

In the second half they played good, controlled football and their patient build-up was rewarded on sixty minutes when the ball was bundled home past Grant Fisher deputising for the unavailable Robbie Powell.

Five minutes later the tie was all square when Elmore broke quickly and a measured cross was deflected into the net.

Town then seemed to have weathered the storm with some desperate defending and some point blank saves, but their good work was undone when a misplaced headed back pass was punished with six minutes remaining.

Luke Durham, on as a sub for his first appearance of the season, had an effort cleared off the line, but as Town pushed everyone forward they conceded the fourth with virtually the last kick of the match.

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