Arms turn the corner

PUBLISHED: 15:26 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Arms dished up a superb show on Saturday to defeat Winkleigh 4-2. Although still bottom of the division, manager Dave Rees is more than confident of turning their poor start to the season around

EXMOUTH Arms dished up a superb show on Saturday to defeat Winkleigh 4-2.Although still bottom of the division, manager Dave Rees is more than confident of turning their poor start to the season around: "So far, we have pretty much only played the top teams and, with a bit more commitment and vision from the squad, I'm convinced we can pick up a lot more points, we're definitely not dead and buried just yet." Ben Rushton up front was playing some solid strong football against defenders a good foot or two taller than him and always looked like he was going to score until a cruel injury off the ball saw him carried off with a twisted knee. Matt Broadhurst and Joel Martin were marshalling the midfield superbly and after fifteen minutes Adam Dellar, whilst sprinting into the box, was brought down on the edge of the eighteen yard line. Rees took the free kick over the top of the wall and left the keeper stranded on the opposite post. Matt Broadhurst then got another with a thundering strike on the run just inside the box. Warren Vaughan then added a third before the break, after a run into the box between two defenders, and slotted in at the right hand post. The visitors struck early in the second half but, straight from the re-start, the ball was launched deep into the Winkleigh area and Rees got his second, turning in at the near post. The afternoon's scoring was completed when the unfortunate Liam Hine scored an own goal.Winkleigh had two injuries, one to the keeper, and played out the last fifteen minutes with nine men but, all credit to them, they never gave up and were untroubled by Arms, who failed to make the extra two men count and, although passed the ball around, failed to supply the killer ball and finish the opposition off. Next up for Arms is an away fixture in Exeter against top of the table Beacon Knights before the following week they face Clyst Valley to contest a semi final place in the Geary Cup.

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