Exmouth Town held, but it's a point gained in the title bid
PUBLISHED: 15:48 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:48 26 March 2013
After strenuous efforts to ensure the match went ahead Town can consider their 1-1 draw with Appledore as a point gained rather than two lost, writes John Dibsdall.
Coming into the game on the back of an eleven match unbeaten run the visitors quickly showed why they are the in-form side of the SWPL East Division.
They dominated the opening thirty minutes and could have been three or four goals ahead at the break.
Chris Duchenski cleared one shot off the line, a twenty yard free kick hit the top of the crossbar and Liam Jones did well to save with his legs in a one on one situation. The goal eventually came on twenty five minutes when a precise cross was headed home at the far post. As the half closed Andrew Thomson saw one effort go narrowly wide before testing the visiting ‘keeper with a first time shot.
Whatever was said at half time certainly did the trick as Town were unlucky not to equalize within thirty seconds of the restart as a linesman’s flag for offside cancelled out Ace High’s effort. With Town much sharper and quicker to the ball they continued to press forward and Jamie Moore scored after fifty minutes.
Winning the ball in midfield he drove into the penalty area and scored with a well placed shot from fifteen yards. As both sides went looking for a winner the ‘keeper did well to hold onto a Dan Boere drive but Appledore also had a goal ruled out for handball.
For the neutrals this was an entertaining match played in good spirit by both sides in very heavy conditions, well refereed without the need to resort to the issue of any card.
The point earned means Town have now extended their lead to twelve with nine games remaining. Whilst Stoke Gabriel may have been expected to have closed the gap they were held to a goalless draw by Sidmouth and remain fifteen points behind Town with two games in hand.
Town’s Devon Premier Cup semi-final tie with Stoke Gabriel fell foul of the weather last week and should have been played last night at Cullompton.
No doubt there will be some weary legs ahead of tomorrow’s Good Friday clash with Budleigh Salterton, kick off at Greenway Lane 11.30am as the ‘Robins’ look to be the side to take away Town’s unbeaten record.
Then on Wednesday evening Town will be back in cup action again when they meet Elburton Villa in the semi-final of the Throgmorton Cup at Bovey Tracey kick off 7.30pm.
With their opponents lying third in the Premier Division another tough match before Stoke Gabriel visit on April 6.