Exmouth Town edged out in Throgmorton Cup semi-final by Premier side Elburton Villa

PUBLISHED: 08:57 04 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 04 April 2013

Action from Budleigh Salterton versus Exmouth Town on Good Friday

Action from Budleigh Salterton versus Exmouth Town on Good Friday

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Exmouth Town suffered heartache for only the second time this season in cup competitions when they were beaten 2-1 by SWPL Premier side Elburton Villa in the semi-final of the Throgmorton Cup, writes John Dibsdall.

Against a side lying third in the Premier Division Town belied their position as underdogs as they took the match to their more illustrious opponents.

Throughout the first half they were the more dominant side but despite their territorial advantage they only had one real effort on target when Lloyd Gardner forced a fine save from the ‘keeper.

In their first real attack the Villa scored when Town failed to deal with a free kick and a loose ball was bundled over the line on thirty eight minutes. Town could have gone two goals down five minutes later but Liam Jones produced a save out of the top drawer to turn aside a well struck free kick.

Town continued to press forward at the start of the second half and deservedly levelled on fifty eight minutes. Andrew Thomson fierce shot was blocked but Phil Everett reacted quickest and powered home a left foot shot.

You then wanted Town to consolidate their position. Unfortunately they were undone two minutes later with a true striker’s goal.

A pin point cross, great movement followed by a bullet header and Town were again chasing the game.

Commitment and work rate could not be faulted but Town were unable to break down a resolute defence that were more than capable of putting their foot through the ball when it mattered.

Despite the result, which to be fair was disappointing; Town can hold their heads high.

With their success in this competition coupled with their run in the FA Vase they have shown that they are capable of competing at a higher level should they achieve promotion this season.

Next up is Saturday’s potential Eastern Division title deciding home meeting with Stoke Gabriel when a home win would open up a 12 point gap between the two sides with the South Devon outfit having just eight games to play.

A win on Saturday would leave Town a dozen points fro being confirmed as champions, the very least they deserve after such a fantastic season.

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