Exmouth Town end season with Godolphin draw
PUBLISHED: 07:38 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:38 11 May 2018
Exmouth Town completed their South West Peninsula League (SWPL) Premier Division season with two draws last weekend, 1-1 at St Austell on Saturday and 2-2 against Godolphin Atlantic on bank holiday Monday, writes John Dibsdall.
St Austell were one of the in-form sides as they pushed for a top six finish and took the lead with a stunning strike that sailed into the top corner. After both sides had hit the woodwork, Ace High grabbed the equaliser with ten minutes remaining.
After an overturned caravan on the A30 had caused severe traffic problems, Town’s game with Godolphin kicked off an hour late.
Town were the dominant force in the first half with Ben Steer creating several chances with crosses, but the final touch was sadly missing.
Ace High finally scored on the stroke of half-time and Matt Finn doubled the lead a minute into the second half when his perseverance was rewarded after chasing down what seemed a lost cause and poking the ball past a stranded ‘keeper.
To their credit, the visitors came back strongly and reduced the deficit when a shot was deflected into the net. Their comeback was completed with seven minutes remaining when Town’s appeals for what looked like a blatant offside were denied.
After a period when Town slipped to nine successive defeats, a measure of pride has been restored with Town securing two wins and three draws from their last five games.
Ace High has finished the season with 17 league goals, but Town’s failure to hit the net consistently is best summed up by the fact that Dean Billingsly is the second highest scorer with four!
In what has clearly been a very frustrating and fragmented season, no fewer than 66 different players have either started or come on as a substitute compared to just 29 the season before!
Dave Rowe is the only ever present for league games with Steve Avery missing just one and High only missing the three when he was suspended.