Exmouth Town’s title bid hit by the weather

PUBLISHED: 08:56 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 16 April 2013

The scene at Exmouth Town's ground on Saturday. Heavy rains meant that most games were called off. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2921-16-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

The scene at Exmouth Town's ground on Saturday. Heavy rains meant that most games were called off. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2921-16-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

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Exmouth Town’s home match last Saturday fell foul of the weather with the referee deeming the pitch unplayable when he inspected at 12.15pm, writes John Dibsdall.

Given the continuous rain that fell all afternoon the decision was clearly correct the game now scheduled for Monday May 6.

To be fair the middle third of the pitch was badly cut up from the game on Wednesday evening when Town edged closer to the SWPL East Division title with an emphatic 6-1 victory over the University of Exeter at a wet and windy Southern Road.

Despite surface water the referee was happy for the match to go ahead and Town made the perfect start scoring with just thirty eight seconds on the clock.

Ben Shephard’s drive hit the post and Lloyd Gardner tapped home the rebound. Gardner than smashed a free kick against the crossbar before the Students equalised after fourteen minutes.

Town’s response was immediate and Ben Shephard scored with a well placed drive two minutes later to restore the lead. On thirty five minutes another fine individual run and shot by Gardner gave Town breathing space and they comfortably closed out the half.

With the conditions deteriorating by the minute Town emphasised their superiority within two minutes of the restart, Adam Fowler firing home the fourth.

Town’s strength and overall fitness gave them almost total control of the second period and they added further goals from Dan Boere and Matt Dawson.

With Stoke Gabriel winning at Budleigh Salterton Town’s lead at the top is now twelve points although the South Devon side have a game in hand.

To be mathematically sure of the title Town need ten more points from their remaining six games.

On Tuesday evening they faced a tricky match at Galmpton who will be hell bent on revenge following the 7-1 mauling they suffered when the sides met in February.

On Saturday Town travel for the reverse fixture with the University and then on Wednesday evening they play host to ‘The Robins’ with the Town looking to put the record straight for the 2-1 defeat they suffered at Budleigh on Good Friday.

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