Exmouth Amateurs end season with Villa stalemate
PUBLISHED: 11:15 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:15 07 May 2015
Exmouth Amateurs completed their Fresha league campaign with a midweek draw against the new holders of the Devon Senior Cup, Exwick Villa Reserves.
The Exeter side have also completed the season as runners-up in Fresha League One and so, in their last two games of the league term, Ammies have taken four points off the top two – they beat champions Honiton Town 1-0 in their final Saturday outing.
The game started at a frantic pace and the busiest person on the pitch was the man in the middle as he brandished a brace of early yellow cards. He was also forced to call together both managers to warn them that, unless both teams cut out the physical approach then he’d be left with no option but to call a halt to the contest! The move had the desired affect and the game settled down. Neither side were able to trouble the others goalkeeper and so half-time arrived with the game still seeking its first goal.
Ammies boss Jody Bolt lectured his players during the interval and his words of wisdom seemed to work for his side made a much brighter start to the second period. They kept the ball well and looked a cut above the visiting side for much of the second half.
Pete Hazell, making his seasonal first team debut, having played for the reserve team only this term, was under-employed, but what he had to do he did well.
Much of Hazell’s inactivity was down to the splendidly organised Ammies back line which restricted Villa to any sort of time and space.
The midfield trio of the diminutive Lee Hill, stocky Mitch Cudd and the effervescent Josh Hill took control of the midfield area, but chances were at a premium and Ammies weren’t able to work the visiting glovesman to any substantial degree.
It was probably no surprise when the game finished 0-0 as, come the end of 90 minutes both teams had the look of outfits at the end of a long season.
JG Leaper won the Ammies Man of the Match award for his display at centre back, being expertly marshalled by the classy Curly Watts.
Ammies boss Jody Bolt said: “ It would be fair to say that this season the fact that we have had such a tight and organised defence is very much down to the presence of Curly Watts and Tim Bradshaw. With clean sheets against both the champions and the runners-up within 48-hours, it suggests we are not doing much wrong and I am looking forward to next season when once again I expect us to be a very competitive outfit, whatever level we are playing at.
Ammies are set to stage their end of season presentation celebration at their Warren View home on Sunday, May 24.