Exmouth Amateurs defeat title winning Honiton Town
PUBLISHED: 21:10 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 21:10 06 May 2015
Exmouth Amateurs claimed a major scalp in the penultimate game of the season when they defeated Fresha League One champions Honiton Town 1-0.
It’s not the first time the Warren view outfit have beaten the Mountbatten Park men for they also served up a shock in a cup tie meeting earlier in the season.
The hosts started well and looked like they wanted it more than their opposition.
Matt Cousins missed an early opportunity when he was through, but he elected to take his chance early and he pulled his shot wide of the goalkeepers’ right hand upright.
Curly Watts was then guilty of missing a gilt edged chance halfway through the first period when his header from just five-yards out, flew over the bar with the goal gaping!
One thing that did stand out was that Ammies boss Jody Bolt had prepared well and had his team shape spot on for the match!
The three front players were industrious throughout and never gave the visiting defence time on the ball. With Dawson, Cousins and Williams prominent it was no surprise when the home side finally broke the deadlock.
Lee Hill assumed a clever position 25-yards out and, when he was fed the ball, he cleverly dropped his shoulder to gain extra space before cracking a superb strike that arrowed its way into the back of the Honiton net.
With five minutes of the half remaining Mitchell Cudd blazed over from 10-yards when a second home goal looked the more likely!
There was more of the same in the second half as the visitors rang the changes to try and get a foothold back in the contest.
Ammies central defenders Tim Bradshaw and Curly Watts were outstanding and there was rarely a chance for the visitors to strike back.
When Ammies were awarded a penalty Si Withers sent the gloves man the wrong, but the frame of the goal kept the ball out.
Ammies boss Bolt was next in the thick of the action! The veteran, playing in goal, defied age – and gravity – to keep out a goal bound effort to deny the visitors an equaliser.
At the other end Danny Dawson had a brace of chances as the game petered out, but the keeper was equal to both opportunities.
Marco Volpini entered the fray and worked hard in the forward line.
Ammies boss Bolt said: “I felt we were good value for the win. Credit to Honiton for being crowned champions, but we were the better team on the day and this sort of performance augers well for next season.”
The Ammies Man of the Match award was given to Matt Cousins for his tireless work.
Bolt said: “Matt (Cousins) played well and was well supported by Jamie Williams. The back line worked well for their clean sheet and Josh Hill was productive with the ball in the midfield area.”