Exmouth Town supporters out in force as team make winning start to new league campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:44 13 August 2018

Exmouth Town supporters who ate - and drank - the place dry as Town won 4-1 at Elburton Villa to launch a new South West Peninsula League Premier Division campaign in style. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Exmouth Town supporters who ate - and drank - the place dry as Town won 4-1 at Elburton Villa to launch a new South West Peninsula League Premier Division campaign in style. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Exmouth Town recorded a victory on the opening day of the new season for the first time since the 2013/14 season when they travelled to newly promoted Elburton Villa and came away with a convincing 4-1 win, writes John Dibsdall.

Ironically, the victory in 2013 was also 4-1, at Tavistock, where Town are in action tonight (Wednesday).

With just two players starting from last season, Steve Avery and Ace High, Town were quickly into their stride and had hit the post twice, first from a deflection and then via a Karl Rickard shot, before they went ahead on 32 minutes.

Aaron Denny smashed a 20-yard effort against the underside of the bar and Ace High reacted quickest to head home the rebound.

The hosts started the second half in the ascendency and it took a superb reaction save from Robbie Powell after 48 minutes to keep the lead intact. However, thereafter, Town took control and, on the hour mark, Mark Lever won the ball in midfield, passed to Rickard and was then at the far post to head Rickard’s pinpoint cross past the ‘keeper.

Two minutes later Rickard was brought down in the box and Nathan Cooper made no mistake from the resulting spot kick.

The last five minutes was one debutant Kieran Willdigs will wish to forget. First he unwittingly deflected a wayward shot past Powell and then was shown a straight red card for his reaction to a poor challenge that received a yellow card. It marred a very promising display and whilst no contact was made, the referee deemed the intent merited a red card.

There was still time for High to race through and score the fourth to round off a very satisfying display for the 50 plus supporters who had made the trip.

They in turn received the plaudits from the host club for not just the support they gave to their team, but also for drinking the bar dry and eating all the pasties, burgers and hot dogs in the ground and at the home club!

This Saturday (August 18), Town are home to Torpoint Athletic, who appear to have strengthened their squad during the close season and opened their account with a 2-0 victory at Ivybridge.

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