Exmouth Town complete League and Cup double.
PUBLISHED: 10:39 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:39 14 May 2013
Exmouth Town crowned a magnificent season when they won the Devon Premier Cup for the first time since 1980, writes John Dibsdall.
They overcame a strengthened Buckland Athletic Reserves side 2-1 at the Devon FA Headquarters at Coach Road, Newton Abbot.
Both sides overcame a strong wind and greasy conditions to try and play attractive football and provided an entertaining game.
Town had the better of the first half exchanges but found the ‘Bucks ‘keeper, Kenny Griffiths, in fine form with safe handling and he did well to save a Lloyd Gardner free kick. Adam Fowler planted a long cross onto the top of the crossbar and Andrew Thomson and Dan Boere both had efforts narrowly go wide as Town closed out the half on top.
The first goal came on fifty four minutes. A pin-point free kick from Fowler was met by Boere who planted a firm header into the corner for his twenty eight goal of the season. The equaliser came eight minutes later when a well struck free kick from twenty two yards nestled in the top corner. Play ebbed from end to end and whilst their opponents were always dangerous from set pieces Town were rarely troubled in open play. The winning goal came with five minutes of normal time remaining and owed everything to the perseverance of Ace High. A second half substitute Ace was third favourite behind two defenders as he chased after a long ball down the middle. Hesitancy allowed him to head the ball forward and as the ‘keeper raced out of goal he rose again to head the ball over the keeper into an empty net and score his twentieth goal in what has been an excellent debut season.
With the referee playing five minutes of added time Buckland threw everyone forward but Town, well marshalled by Man of the Match Sam Woodin, held firm and deservedly collected the trophy.
Town have suffered just three defeats this season all by the same 2-1 score line.
They went out of the FA Vase to the last kick of the match to Sherborne Town who have subsequently won the Western League Division One, lost to Elburton Villa in the semi-finals of the SWPL league (Throgmorton) Cup and the Villa have finished third in the Premier Division and their only defeat in the league came at the hands of Budleigh Salterton who claimed third spot in the East Division.
An excellent season and with promotion confirmed Town will be playing Premier Division football next season.
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