Ammies Reserves do well before going down to high-flying hosts

PUBLISHED: 11:48 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:48 18 December 2014

Football or soccer ball at the kickoff of a game - outdoors

Football or soccer ball at the kickoff of a game - outdoors

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Exmouth Amateurs Reserves went down 4-1 to a very good Henry’s Cronies side in a Fresha League Division Three meeting.

The Ammies task was made significantly harder a minute into the contest as they fell behind to a goal after just 22 seconds!

Despite the early blow Ammies settled into the game well and they began to match the high-flying home side in all departments. The one noticeable exception was that Cronies clearly carried the greater threat, but they were not able to make that count as the Ammies defence kept then at arms length and, on the half hour, parity was restored when a trademark Trevor Anning long throw was met by Andy Carder who knocked it on to Stuart Towers and he guided a header up and over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side regained the lead, but, in a good response, half-time substitute Kai Guise went close to levelling.

Jamie Dunnigan came from the bench to join the action as Ammies pushed for an equaliser. At the other end of the pitch Alex Trevena made a smart save to deny cronies a third.

The game switched from end to end and another Anning throw caused more problems for the visitors’.

The points were settled 10 minutes from time with Cronies netting with a superb long-range shot and a fourth late on added insult to injury for a battling Ammies side that did not deserve to lose by a three-goal margin!

Boss Adam Reid said: “The score line did not reflect then action. I’ll accept that cronies deserved the victory, but for me what was most pleasing was that we competed with a side that are favourites to win this league on their own patch. I never expected to get much out of this game point wise, but what we can take out of it is a great deal of belief after mixing it with a side of their (Cronies) quality.”

Reid continued: “George Nicholls put in a great shift, Trevor Anning caused problems, but Colin Dougal got the Man of the Match accolade for his superb shift on the left side.”

Ammies Reserves are without a fixture this weekend and so next play on December 27 when they entertain Axminster Town Reserves.

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