Exmouth Town pay heavy price for defensive errors.

PUBLISHED: 10:21 08 September 2011

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Exmouth Town were left to rue elementary defensive errors when they were held to a draw at high-flying Stoke Gabriel last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

After being held up by a fire which closed the main road between Torquay and Paignton the game kicked off 30 minutes late and Town found themselves a goal down after just seven minutes as their lack of pre-match warm up showed.

Chris Wright produced two fine saves as the hosts continued to press but Town were back on level terms after 20 minutes.

A raking 40-yard pass from Tom Lowe found Jamie Moore who cut inside and his shot was deflected with the keeper stranded.

Perseverance by Moore and Dave O’Connor paid off, and, within two minutes of the start of the second half, the pair forced defenders into errors, and, from Moore’s cross, O’Connor bravely headed home.

The first of Town’s defensive errors brought Stoke Gabriel their equaliser but Town rallied strongly for Moore to chip the keeper and regain the lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Unfortunately another error gifted another goal and Town were denied what would have been a well deserved victory against a side many have tipped to win the division.

21-year-old Josh Kirby gave another competent performance at the heart of the defence and Town gave a debut to 18-year-old Tom Taylor who came on as a second half substitute.

The previous Tuesday evening had seen Town came away from Exeter Civil Service with a well earned 2-0 victory.

Andrew Jones opened the scoring 10 minutes into the match with a strong run and cross as Town dominated the first half.

The win was not secured until the 85th minute when James Turner scored and prior to that Chris Wright had to be at his best to deny Civil an equaliser.

On Saturday Town have a Southern Road game when they entertain Crediton United (3pm)

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