Exmouth Town the SWP Leagues draw specialists!

PUBLISHED: 16:54 25 February 2015

Exmouth Town played Bodmin at Southern Road on Saturday. Ref exsp 7788-08-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Town played Bodmin at Southern Road on Saturday. Ref exsp 7788-08-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Exmouth Town are fast becoming the draw specialists of the South West Peninsula Premier Division following their 1-1 draw with Ivybridge last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

This was Town’s fourth draw of 2015 in as many games meaning they are yet to taste defeat, but also they have not savoured the sweet success of victory.

With a strong wind blowing diagonally across the pitch in their favour the visitors started brightly and home custodian, Mike Searle was soon in action making useful saves in the second and twentieth minutes.

The game should have swung in Town’s favour when a straight red card was issued for violent conduct on 21 minutes, but Ivybridge quickly reorganised and took the lead eight minutes later. Searle was adjudged to have held back a player as he went for the ball in a crowded area and the resulting penalty was converted.

Throughout the first half Town had been poor giving the ball away far too easily. I understand harsh words were said at half time and in the second period Town had far more control, but Ivybridge were always dangerous on the break and Searle twice made important saves.

Town’s equaliser came on sixty-eight minutes. After Searle was again involved Town broke quickly and captain Karl Rickard burst through the middle and unleashed a fierce drive that cannoned back off the crossbar and Dan Boere was first to react and calmly evaded the goalkeeper to walk the ball into the net.

Town were now in the ascendency and you sensed they could go on and win the game. How they failed to score following a hectic goalmouth scramble with five minutes to go, was beyond the home supporters, but having survived, the visitors had the last goal scoring opportunity, but were again thwarted by Searle.

This Saturday, Town travel to St Blazey for the first meeting between the sides this season. The Cornish side are comfortably placed in mid-table and have an impressive home record with eight victories from eleven games.

Town’s reserves had yet another away fixture postponed last week, but are home this Saturday when Axmouth are the visitors for a 3pm kick-off.

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