Exmouth Town given lift by youngsters

PUBLISHED: 11:10 19 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:10 19 August 2015

ExmouthTown played Saltash at the Southern Road ground on Saturday. Ref exsp 7294-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

ExmouthTown played Saltash at the Southern Road ground on Saturday. Ref exsp 7294-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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After two disappointing home defeats Exmouth Town gained their first three points of the new South West Peninsula League (SWPL) season with a victory at previously unbeaten Launceston last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

Whilst Town lost 2-1 to Ivybridge the previous Tuesday there were plenty of positives to take from that game and Town were able to build on these to earn an excellent 2-0 victory.

Tyler Dobinson had scored his debut goal for the club in the loss to Ivybridge and at Launceston it was 19-year-old Aaron Sowden’s turn to score his maiden goal for Town in the SWPL.

Individually and collectively Town were by far the better side throughout the 90 plus minutes restricting Launceston to long range efforts that apart from one strike that hit the crossbar did not trouble goalkeeper Mike Searle.

Town’s first goal came on twenty-five minutes. Jordan Hopkins did well to win the ball near the left hand touchline and his measured cross found James Ansell who headed against the crossbar and then reacted quickest to head home the rebound.

With the defence well marshalled by Liam Ellis and Dan Boere and Jamie Moore and Alex Greening dominating midfield, Town continued to control all aspects of the game, but it was the introduction of Sowden that gave them added impetus and eventually sealed victory.

In the 64th minute a strong clearing header from Boere saw Sowden chase down the defender and with his first touches force the home custodian into a decent save. In the seventy seventh minute Sowden again robbed a defender and this time went around the glovesman and shot from a narrow angle into the unguarded net to score an excellent individual goal.

This Saturday Town are home to Elburton Villa who have started their season with a victory at Falmouth a draw with Callington and a defeat to Bodmin.

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