Exmouth Town play first home Boxing Day game in six years – and win.
PUBLISHED: 12:01 30 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:01 30 December 2014
Exmouth Town had to overcome worsening weather conditions and a resilient Cullompton Rangers before recording a solid 2-0 victory, writes John Dibsdall.
This was Town’s first home Boxing Day fixture since 2008 and the stormy weather had an adverse effect both on the gate and the pitch which looked more like a paddy field by the end of the ninety minutes.
To their credit both sides tried to play football and possession stats would show they both enjoyed spells of ascendency but Town always had the edge in front of goal.
After the visitors spurned an early chance Town created a couple of half chances before going ahead in the thirtieth minute.
The excellent Matt Dawson sent over a pin point cross for Dan Boere to head powerfully home. As Town continued to dominate Alex Greening had a shot saved and Cameron Vere saw his header cleared off the line.
Cullompton enjoyed their best spell of attacking football at the start of the second half but with the defence well drilled and the midfield working tirelessly Town restricted them to crosses and there was no direct shot on goal. Having eased their way back as an attacking force Town sealed victory in the eighty-fifth minute. A short corner to Jamie Moore, a cross into a crowded penalty area and there was Dawson to head home and cap a fine individual performance.
Unfortunately that was Dawson’s last game for a while due to his work commitments but Town are without a fixture this Saturday which will allow more time for Kevin Hill and James Ansell to recover from niggling injuries that meant neither of them featured in this game.