Ghanami fires late winner for Ammies
PUBLISHED: 11:52 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:52 26 March 2015
Exmouth Amateurs Reserves beat Clyst Valley Reserves 3-2 at Warren View to stay clear of the bottom two in Division Three of the Devon and Exeter League.
The visitors settled first but weren’t able to create any clear-cut chances.
Ammies opened the scoring midway through the first period, somewhat against the run of play, with James Clark applying the final touch from close range.
Ghanami Achref was a real handful up top and the rearguard, being steered by Ross Matthews and Nathan Hodge, were alert to every danger being flung at them by the visitors.
Owen Corrick’s set-pieces were also causing all sorts of problems for the visiting keeper.
Ammies went into the break still with the one-goal advantage and were confident of getting something from the match.
The hosts were unlucky not to be two up only 20 seconds into the second period. Andy Carder had been brought on for Brandon Hodge who is on the injury comeback trail.
It was Carder who toed the ball over the advancing keeper and with the ball goalbound it was hooked off the line in what was a very contentious decision from a linesman who had already submersed himself in controversy with some of his decisions.
Achref would have doubled the hosts’ lead, but the linesman had his flag held high on three occasions that would have benefitted Ammies.
Clyst Valley were now growing into the match and the pressure was on the Warren View rearguard to hold the narrow advantage.
Ammies could be forgiven for thinking it may be their lucky day when Clyst Valley hit the hosts’ upright on two occasions when they really should have done better.
On 70 minutes the equaliser for Valley came. A great shot from just outside the box was unstoppable and, despite keeper Alex Trevena getting a hand on the shot, it crept in and the teams were level.
On 82 minutes the visitors were in front. Trevena was brave and produced a great double save but the loose ball was fired in.
There seemed a valid claim for offside, but the referee was adamant the goal should stand and the Exmouth Amateurs’ appeals fell on deaf ears.
With the bit between the hosts’ teeth they got straight at Clyst Valley and on 85 minutes it was 2-2.
A deep cross had the keeper floundering and the loose ball was nodded home by Ghanami for what was a deserved goal for his contributions.
Now Exmouth Ammies were rampant and 90 seconds later they led 3-2. George Nicholls and the classy Luke Bland combined, the ball fell at Achref’s feet, his shot was blocked but James Clark was on hand to slam home from six yards.
Ammies safely saw out the final minutes and they earned three points from a hard-fought battle.
Man of the match went to Clark. But great contributions were thrown in by Achref, Nathan Hodge and Craig Leaman. Trevena also was faultless against his former team.
This Saturday is the visit of Lyme Regis, who trounced Ammies 7-0 in the first half of the season.
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