Exmouth Town win well in Cornwall as Ansell nets another

PUBLISHED: 09:58 04 December 2014

Exmouth Town made it four games without conceding a goal with a 2-0 success at Torpoint Athletic last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

This was a victory that owed as much to grit and determination as it did to the quality of football as they overcame a side that were clearly still smarting from the 5-0 hammering recently inflicted on them by Town.

Town made the perfect start with a gaol from leading scorer, James Ansell with just four minutes on the clock. His excellent left foot strike from the edge of the penalty box nestled in the corner of the net with the ‘keeper motionless. The remainder of the half saw Town in control without threatening to add to their goal.

At the start of the second half Torpoint made three substitutions, the home management team clearly not happy with their first half performance. It soon became apparent that they had been ‘fired up’ by the half time team talk to the extent that one of the substitutes was shown a red card within ninety seconds of coming on!

Whether he had actually touched the ball in that time is debatable, his reaction to a challenge clearly wasn’t and the straight red card was inevitable. For the next twenty minutes the game could have degenerated completely, but to Town’s credit they maintained their composure but also showed they would not be outmuscled and after a flurry of yellow cards the game settled down.

The hosts worked extremely hard to try and take the game to Town, but such was Town’s overall control Torpoint only had one shot on target in the whole match.

Town had ‘keeper, Mike Searle, on loan from Truro City making his debut and he was immaculate in his handling and control of his area.

As the game wore on Town began to create more chances and sealed victory two minutes from time with a firm header from Sam Woodin securing a hard earned and fully deserving three points.

Town are without a game this Saturday as they were due to play Elmore who withdrew from the league and they are looking to arrange a home friendly next Wednesday with Willand Rovers the possible opponents.

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