Exmouth Town net four at Alphington - that's a great eight for the title pretenders
PUBLISHED: 08:58 15 December 2011
Exmouth Town made it eight straight wins in all competitions with a richly deserved 4-0 victory at Alphington, writes John Dibsdall.
The Alphas began the day in a top five berth and are always a tricky opponent, especially on their own ground.
In a closely contested first half there was little to choose between the sides.
Town were indebted to ‘keeper Sandy Allen for two fine saves and, whilst they enjoyed their share of possession, Town were unable to find a cutting edge in front of goal.
On the stroke of half time there was a blow to Jody Bolt’s side when they lost central defender Ali Sawer who left the pitch with a broken nose.
During the early part of the second half whilst Town re-organised their defensive unit, it was the home side who enjoyed a period of control and they were unfortunate when a twenty yard free kick came back off the post.
The deadlock was finally broken on the hour mark when an excellent move involving Andrew Jones, Dave O’Connor and James Turner, opened up the home defence and Turner shot home.
Five minutes later the impressive Jamie Moore linked with Jones down the right hand touchline and his measured cross found Kyle Bassett at the far post to rifle home the second.
The superior fitness of Town then clearly kicked in and, as the Alphas looked to find a way back into the contest Town picked them off with two further goals.
First up substitutes Tom Lowe and Khaled Badavi combined with Badavi racing on to Lowe’s pass to score and Lowe added the fourth when he robbed the ‘keeper to roll the ball into an empty net.
This was another impressive performance from Town who retained top spot in the Eastern Division.
One of the strengths of their recent form has been the central defensive partnership of Sawer and Mark Simic. With Sawer’s injury, recent signing Dan Jewell came on at the start of the second half, and, as the match progressed, grew in confidence, and, if Sawer is missing for any length of time, Town have shown that they now do possess the necessary strength in depth to maintain their quest for the title.
Next up is a trip to Ottery St Mary on Saturday. Town have already beaten the Otters twice this term and the Washbrook Meadow side are still in the throes of rebuilding and whilst this should be another victory for Town, they will need to guard against complacency as there are no easy “local derbies”!