Exmouth Town extract revenge win

PUBLISHED: 10:28 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

Appledore 0, Exmouth Town 1 Peninsular League East: This match was always likely to be a close encounter and so it proved. Town were keen to avenge a home defeat to Appledore earlier in the season.

Appledore 0, Exmouth Town 1 Peninsular League East: This match was always likely to be a close encounter and so it proved.

Town were keen to avenge a home defeat to Appledore earlier in the season. However, the home side have been on a good run in recent weeks and the height of their side indicated that the Town defence could expect some direct football from the hosts.

In the first half, with Town playing down the slope, the early exchanges were generally frenetic with nobody able to string a series of passes together.

With 15 minutes played Town started to assert a level of authority with Lowe and Butler linking well with Plater, who played in Matt Dawson at the top of the penalty area. Only some good defending prevented a shot on goal.

Ben Shepherd, wide on the right, was creating problems on the flanks.

Dawson and Sheldon were closely watched by the home defence and there was always additional cover when they did break free.

Whilst Town were generally in control, Appledore still posed a threat and with 10 minutes to half time they had a goal ruled out for a clear offside.

Within two minutes of the restart Town were in front. The ball was played forward to Dawson,who cleverly turned his marker before being fouled in the penalty area. Shepherd scored from the spot.

The rest of the half was an entertaining game with both sides creating chances.

Appledore went close from a corner when their central defender was left unmarked, but his header was just over the bar.

At the other end, Dawson created a great chance for himself but only superb defending prevented a second Town goal.

With time running out, Appledore threw everything at Town and a free- kick was tipped against the post by Tim Thorn and cleared for a corner.

In the final minute Richard Pears created an opening but his shot was just wide of the mark and Town were rewarded with the three points in what was a closely fought and entertaining game.

The next match is at home to Newton Abbot this Saturday (2.45pm).

Plymstock 0, Budleigh 0

Peninsula League East

The Robins made a slow and uneasy start, allowing Plymstock to make the opening breaks.

Martin Biles found some space on the edge of the 18 yard box but was denied by a well-timed tackle from Martin Kelland.

The first effort for the Robins came on 15 minutes when Stuart Francis crossed in from the left and found Danny Hall, who was denied by keeper Ben Elphick.

The keeper was then called on to make another save, this time pushing a 25 yarder from Matt Byrne round the post. It was scoreless at half time.

Ten minutes into the second period the home side were again denied when Neil Kennedy had a shot blocked. The home keeper was again in action, saving from Ashley Barker who had been set up by Hall. Probably the best chance of the game fell to Kelland after 70 minutes. He stole in at the far post for a Byrne free kick, but managed to place his header just wide.

With Elphick being the busiest keeper throughout the 90 minutes it was Plymstock who were probably the happier with the draw.

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