Exmouth Town march on in Premier Cup with Kirton win

PUBLISHED: 06:57 08 December 2011

Budleigh versus Okehampton Argyle action

Budleigh versus Okehampton Argyle action

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Exmouth Town booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Devon Premier Cup with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Crediton, writes John Dibsdall.

The visitors were the last away side to win at Southern Road in early September but there was little danger of a repeat score line as Town were on top for most of the game.

After Jamie Moore forced a good save from the ‘keeper, Kyle Bassett took full advantage of a defensive mix-up, to fire Town ahead on 16 minutes.

There followed a five minute spell when Town should have made the game safe as Dave O’Connor first hit the near post and then saw his angled drive narrowly miss the far post.

The only black spot on their first half performance came on 32 minutes when poor marking at a free kick allowed a free header that brought the equaliser.

The second half was virtually one way traffic and it was just a matter of time before Town regained the lead.

After leading goal scorer O’Connor had one effort saved he made no mistake with his next, riding a challenge before forcing the ball home on 70 minutes.

Five minutes later Andrew Jones jinked his way down the right hand touchline and his pin point pass was headed home by Bassett at the far post.

The icing on the cake came when Sam Woodin finished off a four man move with his first goal for the club to seal a very satisfying victory.

The draw for the quarter finals has seen Town avoid favourites Liverton and Stoke Gabriel but they have to travel to Upton Athletic from the South Devon League who have already defeated SWPL sides Teignmouth and Exeter Civil Service in this year’s campaign.

This Saturday Town return to league action with a visit to Alphington (2.15pm).

The sides have already met twice this season with Alphington winning the league clash at Southern Road but Town came out on top with a 1-0 victory in the Throgmorton Cup.

Town’s league position was also boosted with news of Okehampton Town’s failure to beat visiting Budleigh and the 1-1 draw meant Jody Bolt’s side stayed top of the Eastern Division at the conclusion of the fixtures on the first Saturday of December.

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