Exmouth Amateurs denied in table topping clash by opposition keeper
PUBLISHED: 08:58 15 December 2011
Copyright: I Hitchcock
Exmouth Amateurs were unfortunate not to bag all three points from their top of the table clash with Phoenix that ended 1-1.
The Exeter side were under the cosh for long periods as Ammies produced another outstanding away performance.
Five minutes before the break Tom Wright got away down the wing and his cross was turned home by Craig Higham.
Victory in Exeter would have seen the Ammies take over at the top.
However they were denied all three points when the hosts levelled with 20 minutes remaining.
A free-kick was launched into the area where it remained for a passage of play that saw Ben Maddison make a superb save but, moments later; the ball was prodded home fro close range.
Thereafter Ammies went back on the offensive and were denied three times by exceptional saves fro the Phoenix keeper who denied both Craig and Rich Higham.
Ammies boss Dion Newcombe said: “We really played very well and it was only some wonderful goalkeeping by their (Phoenix) keeper that denied us. We are in a good place right now and the hallmark of what has, so far, been a very good campaign, has been our defence which has shipped just ten goals in 15 league games to date.”
The draw sees Ammies stay second in the Division One table two points behind Phoenix who have played a game more.
On Saturday, weather permitting, Ammies head for Witheridge whilst the Reserves, beaten 8-0 by a powerful Dolphin side last weekend, also travel. They go to Countess Wear Dynamos.