Exmouth Town into top two of SWP League Premier Division with Bovey Tracey win

PUBLISHED: 18:22 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:22 04 November 2013

Bovey Tracey 2, Exmouth Town 4

Town climbed into an SWP League Premier Division top two berth with a fine success on the road, writes John Dibsdall.

After forty four minutes the final score line was by no means predictable as Town were second best for most of the half and could have gone into the break with a three goal deficit!

Having had a penalty awarded against him for pulling back a defender ‘keeper Grant Fisher atoned for his mistake with an excellent save from the spot kick and then cleared the follow up strike with his legs. He then produced two point-blank saves as the home side threaten to put the game beyond Town’s reach.

After thirty-one minutes Bovey deservedly went ahead when Stuart Bowker scored direct from a free-kick, but Town were denied an equaliser when James Ansell was penalised for a foul on the ‘keeper despite having reacted quickest to a well taken free kick.

Ansell was injured in the process and it was poetic justice that Town did find the net with four minutes of added time played when Ian Patchett scored with a well placed shot into the corner.

Bovey started the second half again in the ascendency and the woodwork denied Bowker adding to his first half goal.

The let-off spurred Town into action and a well constructed move saw Patchett find Lloyd Gardner and his driven cross was turned home by Ansell to give Town the lead on fifty-four minutes. Town had another goal disallowed before their hosts equalised on sixty seven minutes.

At this stage the game was in the balance, but to their credit Town continued to press forward and were rewarded when Gardner was brought down in the box and showed how a penalty should be taken to restore Town’s lead on eighty minutes.

A twenty-yard strike from Jamie Moore sealed Town’s victory after they had had yet another ‘goal’ disallowed.

This was a superb result for Town and well deserved for their second half performance. Whilst they were clearly second best during the first half with Bovey controlling all aspects of play they also had to withstand some very robust challenges with no protection from the officials. In the second half Town not only imposed their superiority on the play they retained their discipline and when the referee finally took action it was no surprise that the hosts finished the game with ten men.

This Saturday Town are home to Camelford, kick off at Southern Road is 3pm.

The visitors have won twice on the road including a victory at third placed Ivybridge.

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