Ammies stay in the title race
PUBLISHED: 17:02 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010
EXMOUTH Amateurs boss Jody Bolt was very nearly having to eat post match humble pie after his team gave a fantastic account of themselves and became the very first team this term to deny Premier Division leaders St Martins
EXMOUTH Amateurs boss Jody Bolt was very nearly having to eat post match humble pie after his team gave a fantastic account of themselves and became the very first team this term to deny Premier Division leaders St Martins all three points in a top flight game.
The final score of 2-2 was all the more remarkable for the Exminster side had held a two goal half time advantage and arrived at Warren View having done the double over the Ammies last year.
This team of Bolts, though, is not one to settle for 'second best' and their second half display fully warranted the point they got from an enthralling contest, thanks to goals from Liam McMahon and Orham Osman, the latter netting in the final minute of the game.
Bolt had said pre-match that he was concerned for his side and he felt that if any side was likely to win the game then it would be the visitor's. Defeatist talk or clever psychology?
Most certainly the latter for the Ammies who had looked on their way to defeat at the half way stage.
The game was played out at a breathtaking pace and was certainly a great advert for local league top flight football.
The visitors were first out of the traps and at times were running the show, but the Ammies dug in and turned the game round with a superb second half show.
At the end of the game, a draw was a fair reflection on the action and it leaves both sides locked at the top of the table, separated only by goal difference with St Martin's slightly ahead and with a game in hand.
Bolt said: "It was a superb game of football and one that I feel neither team would have deserved to lose. Having been two up they will feel aggrieved they have not closed the game out but that speaks volumes for my lot and their never say never attitude."
Next up for Ammies is Saturday's trip to bottom of the table Hatherleigh Town and Bolt is clear about what he wants from his side: "It would be a crying shame if last Saturday's second half effort, drive and commitment were to be wasted and to avoid that we need to win at Hatherleigh."
This coming weekend sees the Ammies play their 12th game of the league season and with 18 matches still to play after that and only as many Saturday's remaining in the season the powers that be at the club will be hoping for better weather so that the Warren View pitch can provide a surface to complete the season on.
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