Exmouth Town Reserves bag deserved point - thanks to Gluchowski save
PUBLISHED: 07:38 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 07:38 05 February 2015
Exmouth Town Reserves shared four goals with their closest rivals for the Fresha League Division Three title when Henrys Cronies provided the opposition for a high competitive, and bruising, encounter in Exeter.
Town travelled with a depleted squad due to various problems, but still put a strong eleven out, although manager Alan Haywood, on duty as the second substitute, was hoping he would not be needed too early on!
Cronies were physical from the off – the match official dishing out three early yellow cards to the hosts!
Town began to take a foothold in the game and strike pairing Adam Turner and Aaron Sowden began to cause problems for the home defence.
Sowden belied his tender age! The 17-year-old was fearless against some punishing defending and his pace and trickery was too much for the opposition defenders and he was rewarded for his exceptional shift with two excellent goals as he got behind defenders and finished cleverly to out Town in charge.
Town continued the first half competing for every ball and the back four, led by Sean Roach and Kevin Hill, saw the side to the break with a clean sheet.
Cronies came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half, but the Town defence again proved more than a match for the Exeter side until a well-delivered free-kick was headed home to halve the deficit.
One became two for cronies and, with the game all square both team went in search of a third.
Towns centre midfield duo of Ralph and McMahon began to create chances for Sharkey and Sowden. In the final minute a home player’s shot from close range was deflected for a corner. However, the match official deemed that the ball had struck an arm and a penalty, despite the Town protests of an injustice being served, was awarded. With time now up the Cronies penalty take strode up the ball and rifled it towards goal, but Town gloves man Robert Gluchowski guessed right, and pulled off a tremendous save, to earn his side a richly deserved draw.