Exmouth Town see off Stoke Gabriel to keep treble dream alive
PUBLISHED: 14:01 01 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:02 01 March 2013
Exmouth Town produced an all-round disciplined team performance that was the key to Town sealing a semi final place in the Throgmorton Cup with a 3-1 defeat of Stoke Gabriel, writes John Dibsdall.
From the outset Stoke tactics were clear, high tempo, first to the ball, stop Town from playing at any cost!
What followed was a stop-start game that was never able to flow although Town were clearly the more composed side and thoroughly deserved their victory especially in the second half when Town’s fitness levels came to the fore.
The opening thirty minutes seemed a matter of who could stop the influential Lloyd Gardner the most! This was an annoying feature that continued throughout. Town created the first two chances a shot from Dan Boere and a header from Ace High that both brought creditable saves from the Stoke Gabriel ‘keeper. Against the run of play Town went a goal down on thirty eight minutes. A quick throw in caught Town by surprise and some fine individual play set up the opener. With literally the last kick of the half Town were level. Gardner found space and his measured cross was met first time by Boere.
Three minutes into the second half and Town were ahead. An Adam Fowler cross was headed home by High although he said after the game that the ball flew in off his shoulder! They all count!
Whilst Town were generally in control you knew Stoke were capable of coming back into the game but seemed unable to change their tactics. When they did threaten Town’s defence was again equal to the task and ‘keeper Liam Jones was rarely threatened.
The third goal came on eighty eight minutes. Matt Dawson was bundled over and Boere coolly struck home the resulting penalty. After the final whistle the visitors had two players booked for comments to the referee making a total of seven yellow cards and one red for two of the yellows to the player who had conceded the penalty.
The draw for the semi finals has seen Town paired with Elburton Villa who are currently third in the Premier Division. The other semi sees West Division side Helston take on the favourites Bodmin Town. Town’s game will be at Bovey Tracey on Wednesday April 3. A busy period that means four games in eight days. Good Friday at Budleigh, Easter Monday away to Appledore and Stoke Gabriel at home on April 6.