Exmouth Town suffer sixth successive home defeat in Good Friday loss

PUBLISHED: 14:59 30 March 2018

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Exmouth Town were beaten 3-0 at home in their Good Friday meeting with visiting Cullompton Rangers.

However, the final score does not tell the whole story for Town were the better side for the first 45 minutes and, but for a flag for what looked a marginal, off-side, would have led 1-0 at the break – Ben Steer’s effort being ruled out.

As if to underline how luck goes against you when you are struggling for results, an early second half Cully Rangers penalty was superbly kept out by Town glovesman Martin Rice only for the ball to be then rifled into the net by a Rangers player!

A second goal four minutes later put Town on the back foot and a third late on compounded their misery.

To add to the Town woes Ben Steer had to come off in the second half with a knee injury and must now be a doubt for Easter Monday’s home league meeting with Helston Athletic. Mind you, that game must now be in doubt given how the Southern Road playing surface cut up during the 90 minutes of Good Friday action.

Town boss Andy Rawlings said: “The result is harsh on us. We were the better side before the break and they [Cully] had a won a penalty so early in the second half that I have not even got to the dugout! The spot kick is superbly saved by Ricey [Martin Rice] only for the ball to fall kindly to a Rangers player.

“That single moment typified the way things are going for us right now and so often rear their ugly head in football. If we were at winning games and brimming with confidence then the little things would ‘go our way’, but because, right now, we are battling with everything we have, the small things seem to be going against us.”

He continued: “That said, we re-group, and, weather permitting, we go again on Monday against Helston.”

The defeat is a sixth successive Imperial Ground defeat for Town. Under the then new management team of former Exeter City goalkeeper Kevin Miller and Andy Rawlings, Town enjoyed a run of five wins in six outings, from an October 4, 2-1 win at home to Stoke Gabriel through to a 3-0, November 4, win at home to Torpoint (in between they won 2-0 at Ivybridge, 4-0 at home to Witheridge and 1-0 away at Falmouth, with their only defeat being an October 21, narrow 3-2 loss at Newquay.

However, since that early November defeat of Torpoint Town have played 10 times winning one, drawing two and losing seven.

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