Exmouth Amateurs Reserves edged out by Woodbury
PUBLISHED: 20:36 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 20:36 19 November 2014
Exmouth Amateurs Reserves were edged out by the odd goal in three when they hosted Woodbury at Warrenview.
The Woods began brightly and took an eighth minute lead when two former Ammies players, Dann Fulls and Dann Tapp combined prior to Rich Higham rifling the ball home from 20-yards.
Jamie Rowsell produced a smart save to deny the visitors a second before the home side began to crate chances of their own and Marco Volpini was unlucky not to get his head to a cross from Josh Hill.
On the half hour mark Ammies got a deserved equaliser when another excellent Hill delivery went over the Woods goalkeeper’s head and Ammies skipper Ross Matthews tucked the ball home at the far post.
With Ammies taking control it was a little harsh on the hosts that they conceded a second just before the break. A clearance was not completed and Pete Wright cracked a sweet shot home to send Woodbury into half-time 2-1 to the good.
After a sluggish start from both teams to the second period a mad five minutes caused Ammies issues!
Lee Hill was harshly booked and shortly afterwards talked himself into a second yellow that resulted in an early shower. Terry Skeggs was withdrawn with a knock on the knee and Ammies rallied against what was now a solid Woodbury outfit.
The visitors stood firm, though Ammies spurned a great chance to level when a defence-splitting pass from Tim Bradshaw gave Volpini a great opportunity but his shot was inches from the target.
With six minutes remaining the match official issue a second red card in the game with Woodbury centre back Rhys Perry dismissed.
As the last embers of the match died down Ammies huffed and puffed, but failed to threaten a tight visiting rear guard. Brandon Hodge, introduced from the bench, beat off a midfield challenge and let rip a great 30-yard shot that curled just wide leaving visiting gloves man Brad Evans rooted to the spot.
Woodbury closed out the victory and looked well placed in Division Three to threaten for silverware.
The Ammies Man of the Match award went to young Marco Volpini and with the match being watched by the first team manager a call to the senor ranks for a number of players may not be too far away. Josh Hill’s service was of top notch quality and Tim Bradshaw was at the centre of some of Ammies good work.