Exmouth Town edged out by visiting Alphas

PUBLISHED: 14:49 30 August 2011

Exmouth Town 2011 team picture

Exmouth Town 2011 team picture

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IT was a case of ‘after the Lord mayor’s show for Exmouth Town for, seven days after their opening day win, they slipper to a 2-1 Southern Road defeat at the hands of Alphington.

Exmouth Town flattered to deceive last Saturday, playing some sublime football at times only to end up being beaten 2-1 by visiting Alphington, writes John Dibsdall.

before losing 2-1 to a resolute Alphington.

For the first half an hour Town dominated and were rewarded with a goal after eight minutes when a superb passing move involving Tom Lowe and Andy Jones sliced open the defence allowing Dave O’Connor to score at the far post.

Another defence splitting pass by Lowe set up Jamie Moore but he scuffed his shot marginally past an upright.

The match turned on 35 minutes when Town’s influential midfield player, Kerry Butler suffered a thigh strain and had to be substituted. This disrupted the rhythm of Town’s play and Alphington came more into the game.

The second half was a disjointed affair, and, whilst there was no lack of effort, the fluidity of the first period had gone from Town’s play, allowing the visitors to apply more pressure that eventually was turned into goals.

The equaliser came on 69 minutes when an opponent was given time to control, turn, and hammer a shot past the ‘keeper.

Jones then produced Town’s best move of the half when his strong run and cross was met by Moore at the far post but his powerful drive clipped the crossbar.

Alphington’s winner came on 82 minutes when Town failed to adequately clear a cross and the loose ball was driven home.

Next up for Town is a trip this Saturday to Stoke Gabriel, and then, on Wednesday evening, they are home to Axminster Kick (7.30pm).

Town’s reserves opened their league campaign with an 11-0 victory over Dunkeswell Rovers and on Saturday travel to Topsham Town 3rds in the first round of the Football Express Cup (2pm).


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