Cleave inspires Woodbury to finally get the better of Exmouth Town Reserves
PUBLISHED: 15:11 21 November 2012
Exmouth Town Reserves 3, Woodbury 4
Woodbury bagged victory at Southern Road to secure their first victory in two years over the Town second string.
When the hosts scored inside three minutes many of the Woods followers must have felt it was again to be a day of no joy for their side.
It all changed in the 18th minute though with Alfie Cleave, who had begun to dominate proceedings from an advanced midfield berth, sent over a corner that Kev Pitt headed home.
Five minutes later Cleave sent a corner straight into the Town net to give the Woods the lead.
With corners proving a real problem for the home side they fell 3-1 down when Woodbury’s shortest player, Liam Cook, netted from another Cleave corner.
Yet another in-swinging corner was headed just over by Will Bennett and then Liam Cook had a goal disallowed.
The hosts got themselves back into the match five minutes before the break. After a superb strike had crashed back off the cross bar a crisp half-volley thumped it into the back of the net leaving Woods keeper Brad Evans with no chance of keeping it out.
Pitt squandered a brace of chances before the break to restore the Woodbury two-goal advantage, first firing wide and then seeing an effort strike the frame of the goal.
During the interval Woodbury boss Adam Reid urged his player to look to be more clinical in the final third.
After the break it was more of the same with still no meaningful finish! Hughes, who caused problem all afternoon for the Town defence, missed a trio of good chances whilst Steve Hunt, who battled well in the midfield, was unlucky with one effort after he burst into the box.
Woodbury introduced Adam Downey who worked well on the left flank.
Declan Bourne came on for influential Wayne Rowsell with 25 minutes left as Woodbury changed to a more solid 442 to close the game out.
With 20 minutes remaining Ryan Smith came on for a tired Liam Cook and made a sudden difference, arriving at the far post to drill the bal hoem to make it 4-2.
In the final minute the home side scored the games seventh and final goal.
Any chance thereafter the hosts had of an equaliser were ended by the resolute defending of Luke Kelsall and Will Bennett.
There was still time for Alfie Cleave and Adam Downey to go close.
Woodbury boss Reid said: “Alfie Cleave was outstanding, but I am going to award the Man of the Match hour to Steve Hunt for his exceptional shift I our midfield. I was also delighted with the work that Luke Kelsall got through and it’s a huge plus for us to welcome back Alex Hughes.”
Woodbury team: Brad Evans, Michael Simpson, Luke Kelsall, Will Bennett, Rhys Perry, Alfie Cleave, Steve Hunt, Wayne Rowsell, (Declan Bourne 65) Liam Cook, (Ryan Smith 70) Kev Pitt, (Adam Downey 55) Alex Hughes.