O’Connor at the double as Town climb into top three berth.
PUBLISHED: 11:33 22 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:33 22 September 2011
Exmouth Town gate-crashed the South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division table with a 4-1 Southern Road victory over Okehampton Argyle.
What made the Town result all the more impressive was the defeat for the visitors was their first of the season.
Okehampton pitched up at Southern Road for the Wednesday night game unbeaten in their first six games of the season but Town bossed the proceedings, led 1-0 at the break and then survived a second half fight-back by the visitors to deservedly troop off at full-time with the points and a top three berth in the table.
Mark Simic scored the only goal of the first half and Dave O’Connor doubled the home advantage shortly after the re-start.
Then Okehampton struck with a penalty and, for the next fifteen minutes, took charge but were unable to find a leveller.
It was no more than Town deserved when, after weathering the storm, they regained a two goal lead when Dave O’Connor scored his second and the fourth and final goal came from last weekend’s hat-trick hero Kye Bassett.
A delighted Town boss Jody Bolt said: “It was no more than we deserved for a very comprehensive, and confident display, throughout the side. When this team plays well they really do perform – and impress. For me, reaching the top three in late September is a wonderful thing but it is only early Autumn and we have a long season ahead. The two defeats we have suffered so far have been chokers but nights like the one against Okehampton are real tonics. Make no mistake, Okehampton are a fine team, as their record of no defeats in six before coming to us underlines. As for the mandate this season, it’s simply one of improving on last years efforts and, half a dozen games in, we are on our way. As to how far we can go this term is down to the players but I sense a real desire in the dressing room and, if they can replicate performances like the one that took Okehampton apart, then they can go as far as they want as a team. Now we need to rest and then prepare for Saturday’s game against a Stoke Gabriel side who I honestly believe teams are going to have to finish above of if they are to have a say in the top honours this season.
Next up for Jody Bolt’s men is that Saturday home game with Stoke Gabriel (3pm).
The South Devon side will arrive in Exmouth sitting immediately below Town in the table on the same number of points but having played a game less and having an inferior goal difference.