Exmouth Amateurs beaten, but Leaman stars
PUBLISHED: 07:37 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 07:37 05 February 2015
Exmouth Amateurs Reserves and Chagford met for the second time in three weeks, but on this occasion both side's found a greater adversary in the elements.
The players had to battle driving rain with an icy wind and it was Chagford who made the brighter start and they took the lead aided by an uncharacteristic mistake from Ammies young goalkeeper Alex Trevena.
The visitors lead was doubled on 25 minutes before injury hit Ammies with the loss of Josh Hempstead to an ankle problem.
The visitors made it 3-0 ten minutes before the break, but Ammies got one back almost immediately with Craig Leaman the scorer.
In the second half the visitors shoed a more skilful approach than the hosts and added two more goals before Ammies made changes, introducing a couple of 16-year-olds, Kai Guise and Owen Corrick.
Both made immediate impacts on the game and, with 25 minutes to play, Andy Carder got his second goal in as many games with another classy finish.
Leaman doubled his tally with arguably the goal of the game with 15 minutes to pay.
That proved to be the end of the scoring. Referee Stuart Pringle marshalled the game well.
Craig Leaman picked up the Man of the Match award, not for his brace of goals, but rather for the way he proceed openings for team mates in such dreadful playing conditions.
Colin Dougal was solid at right back whilst Mark Gusterson showed his class and all three substitutes made healthy contributions.
Ammies now have a two-week lay-off before their next league outing.