Exmouth Town set for tough afternoon with trip to free-scoring Plymouth Parkway

PUBLISHED: 18:13 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 28 February 2018

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Exmouth Town have the unenviable task of a visit to the runaway leaders of the SWPL Premier Division this Saturday when they travel to Plymouth Parkway, writes John Dibsdall.

Their hosts are currently 20 points clear at the top of the table having dropped just three points from their 25 games played, scoring 110 goals and conceding just 14.

Eight of those goals came in the reverse fixture at Southern Road in early September.

Town will welcome back Ace High and Brandon Green, both players having finally completed their three match bans for offences in December.

They will also hope that Ben Steer has recovered from his elbow injury that forced him to miss the game with Launceston, one of three changes forced on manager Andy Rawlings with Jack Rawlings and Harvey Newman also carrying knocks suffered in that game.

Launceston took the game to Town from the start and were rewarded with a goal with just three minutes played.

As Town began to show a measure of equality they were punished when a player was robbed trying to dribble his way clear on the edge of the penalty area and a third followed on thirty-seven minutes with another clinical finish.

Town thought they had clawed their way back into the match when Si Withers set up Sam Schaefli, whose shot appeared to be over the line before being cleared, but the officials were unsighted and no goal given. Little consolation that after the match Launceston players admitted a goal should have been awarded.

A deft back heel set up the fourth, and, after Town had again been robbed in midfield, the fifth followed on 65 minutes.

The one positive moment for Town was the goal scored by 19-year-old debutant Ollie Rowe in the 74th minute. An exquisite through-ball by Scott Merritt saw Rowe race clear, keep his composure and calmly slot the ball home.


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