Ace High hat-trick as Town impress in front of big Southern Road crowd

PUBLISHED: 13:35 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 21 August 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife


Exmouth Town continued their impressive start to the new season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Torpoint Athletic in front of a healthy crowd of 165 on Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

Only one game in the full Western League programme had more spectators and Truro City playing in the Conference South had an official attendance of just 159!

The opening exchanges gave little indication of what was to follow as the visitors forced a series of corners without really threatening the goal, and stand-in ’keeper Grant Fisher did not have a save to make throughout the match, such was the dominance of Town’s defence.

The game turned on an eight-minute spell in the first half when Ace High scored a very accomplished hat-trick.

The first goal arrived on 28 minutes when the visiting custodian failed to hold a Karl Rickard shot and High reacted quickest to score.

Two minutes later a surging run from Jimmy Hinds, a measured pass and High was in the clear to race forward and score emphatically.

Nathan Cooper then had a shot saved before High, after another forceful run and pass by Aarron Denny, calmly chipped the stranded ’keeper.

The second half started in a similar vein with Denny setting up High, but this time his shot was well saved.

Denny had an effort that whistled past the post and, whilst the visitors tried to up their game, Town were more than capable in all areas of the pitch.

The fourth goal arrived on 76 minutes when substitute Dan Boere rolled back the years with good control and a sublime drag back to deceive the defence and score in an empty net.

The mood after the game was in complete contrast to Wednesday evening when Town were undone by a 94th minute goal at Tavistock.

Against one of the top sides in the league, Town had dominated the first half with nothing to show for their efforts.

Mark Lever had seen his header hit the post, the rebound hit a defender and go agonisingly past the post for a corner.

Whilst the home side came more into the game, Town had a glorious chance to open the scoring after Cooper had been brought down, but saw his spot kick well saved.

The final ten minutes saw Robbie Powell make a series of excellent saves before he was finally beaten.

This Saturday (August 25) Town travel to Callington and they are also away next Wednesday (August 29) when they go to Ivybridge.

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