Ford makes his mark in superb Town debut
PUBLISHED: 10:19 03 November 2010
EXMOUTH Town served up their finest result of the season with a comprehensive 6-0 victory at Axminster, writes John Dibsdall.
After a slow start to the contest, during which time Town far too often gave the ball away, they gradually took a foot-hold in the game, but a combination of fine goalkeeping by the hosts glovesman and some dogged defending, kept them at bay.
It was not until the closing stages of the first half of the deadlock when James Ford applied a cool finish to mark his debut with a goal and send Town into the break one up.
Ford struck again three minutes after the re-start and just two minutes more had been played when the game was effectively over as Jac Civil converted a low cross to put Town three up.
New man Ford, who has only recently moved to the Exmouth area, completed his hat-trick with a fine individual effort and the nap hand was completed when another debutant, former Budleigh player Scott Howarth, drilled a 25-yard shot past the Tigers keeper.
A polished finish was put on proceedings when Adam Turner headed the sixth, and final goal of a superb Town performance.
A sterner test awaits Town this coming Saturday when they travel to Appledore in the Devon Premier Cup for a meeting that is a repeat of last season’s semi-final in the same competition.
That game went the way of the North Devon side with a hotly disputed penalty and the sides have already met this term in the League with Town being edged out by the odd goal in three.
Manager, Jason Margrett, will be without central defender Chris Watts, but welcomes back leading scorer Ben Shephard, who missed the Axminster game.
Town’s Reserves extended their winning run with a 8-0 rout of Cheriton Fitzpaine in the Devon and Exeter League.
Under the guidance of manager Alan Haywood, the side has now scored 50 goals and conceded just three.
This Saturday they are also in cup action when they entertain Dolphin in the Devon Intermediate Cup.
The visitors are in a higher league and also boast a one hundred per cent record this term and will, therefore, provide a real test. Both cup-ties kick-off at 2.00pm with extra-time and penalties on the agenda, if required.