Exmouth Town end season with yet another draw
PUBLISHED: 18:46 26 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:35 29 April 2015
Exmouth Town completed their South West Peninsula League (SWPL) season with a 2-2 draw at Godolphin Atlantic, writes John Dibsdall.
This was their ninth draw in their last twelve games and their thirteenth of the campaign setting a new SWPL record in the process!
In wintry conditions with rain falling throughout the match, Town made a slow start and were a goal down after 13 minutes. There seemed little danger when Kevin Hill passed the ball back to Mike Searle, but in attempting to clear, Searle slipped and could only slice the ball into his own net for a most unfortunate own goal!
After Searle had saved well to prevent the home side doubling their lead, Town equalised with their first real attack. Good work from Matt Dawson saw him pick out Dan Boere whose deft header set up James Ansell to volley home. Town were now in the ascendency and were unlucky when another Ansell effort came back off the post.
Seven minutes into the second half and Town went ahead. After the ‘keeper has saved another Ansell effort, the ball came back to Boere whose first time shot was then deflected into the net by Ansell to claim his second of the match. After Boere had missed another gilt-edged chance, Town hit the woodwork again when a Barry McConnell cross was met at the far post by Tyler Dobinson.
Town were left to rue those misses when Searle was adjudged to have committed a foul in the area and the resulting penalty was duly converted with twenty-five minutes remaining. As the rain continued to fall both sides went looking for the winner, but they had to settle for the draw. The point keeps Town sixth in the table, but Godolphin and Witheridge could overtake them depending on results from their remaining fixtures.
After a difficult start following the frustrations of missing out on promotion, the change of management and the loss of key players, both at the start and during the season, Town have continued to show they can compete with the best sides in the league and have a solid base on which to build and can look forward to next season with optimism.
Exmouth Town Reserves also completed their season with a 1-1 draw at the University and that point secured them a third place finish and it means back-to-back promotions with a place in Fresha League Division 2 next season.
Town’s end of season presentation evening will be held in the clubhouse on Friday May 9.
Tickets priced at £20, include a three-course dinner, and are available from the club.