Exmouth Town miss chance to hit top spot with draw at Falmouth
PUBLISHED: 20:05 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 20:05 20 November 2013
Falmouth Town 1, Exmouth Town 1
Town missed the opportunity to go back to the top of the SWPL Premier Division when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Falmouth last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.
In their previous encounters in the 70’s and 80’s when both clubs were in the Western League Town had never beaten the Cornish side in ten meetings and unfortunately the trend continued. The point gained leaves Town in third place a point behind leaders Bodmin who head Launceston on goal difference.
Town have a game in hand on Bodmin and four on Launceston.
Falmouth had previously lost their eight home games this season but had strengthened their team in recent weeks with new signings. They started the brighter and took the game to Town and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal on forty four minutes when a well taken corner was headed home at the far post.
Whilst Town had failed to achieve any consistency to their play in the first half they were much the stronger side in the second half but had to wait until the seventy first minute for the equaliser. Having been frustrated by some resolute defending they eventually gained parity when James Ansell drove the ball home from twelve yards.
Driven on by Lloyd Gardner’s dominance in midfield you sensed Town would go on to secure victory but in the end they were indebted to ‘keeper Grant Fisher’s alertness to secure the point their second half performance warranted.
Town return to Cornwall this Saturday when they travel to Liskeard. A brace of goals apiece from Gardner and Jamie Mudge gave Town a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture which was Town’s first home game of the season.
Football at Southern Road on Saturday sees the Reserves entertain Winkleigh kick off 2.15pm. They will be looking to build on their 6-0 win over Sandford a result that has taken them to fourth in their league. They are also at home on Tuesday evening when the University of Exeter are the visitors kick off 7.30pm.