Butler's back - but that's one of very few highlights as Town are hammered.

PUBLISHED: 13:18 20 January 2011

Local derby action between Exmouth reserves and Topsham 3rds (in yellow) at Southern Road on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7435-49-10SH

Local derby action between Exmouth reserves and Topsham 3rds (in yellow) at Southern Road on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7435-49-10SH

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Exmouth Town were well beaten when they shipped eight goals at unbeaten Peninsula League, Eastern Division high fliers, Liverton.

This was a match that Town will quickly want to forget, put it down to experience and move on to the next game, writes John Dibsdall.

No excuses, Liverton are a very good side and on the day Town were poor, giving their opponents far too much time and space on the ball; add in individual errors and you have the recipe for failure.

Town fell behind after just twelve seconds, and all this after Town had in fact kicked off!

The South Devon side, who went into the game with a season long unbeaten record, quickly added a second and indeed scored two more to have the game effectively ended, as a contest, by the 17th minute when they lead 4-0!

Faced with a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch a shell-shocked Town struggled to get the ball over the halfway line and the fifth goal came five minutes before half-time.

At the start of the second half Kerry Butler came on for his first game since November and together with newcomer, Wayne Baker, Town found some composure in midfield, but such was the measure of Liverton’s superiority, the goal count had risen to seven by the sixtieth minute.

For the next twenty minutes Town were on top and created chances but found the Liverton keeper equal to the task and saw why they remain unbeaten and have only conceded eight goals in the league this season. Ben Shephard had two efforts narrowly clear the crossbar and an Ali Sawer twenty yard drive produced an excellent save.

As Town continued to press forward they were caught on the break and Liverton made it eight.

The win took Liverton to the top of the table, but this week Town have the opportunity to atone when they entertain bottom of the table Axminster. Town have already defeated their visitors 6-0 and will hope that the side that had previously lost only one league game in nine proves that the Liverton performance was a one-off. Kick-off at Southern Road is 2.15pm.

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