O'Connor strikes as Town win first game of 2011.
PUBLISHED: 19:59 10 January 2011
EXMOUTH Town produced a shift of both intense industry and commitment that enabled them to strike a first of what it is hoped will be many victories in 2011, writes John Dibsdall.
Town started brightly and Tom Lowe, back from holiday, had a snap shot well saved by the home keeper.
Another Lowe effort and one from Dave O’Connor tested the keeper again as Town continued to create half chances.
Hosts Newton Abbot Spurs are a well-organised and competent side who created chances of their own but lacked that all important component of composure in front of goal.
Town then pressed and O’Connor was left aggrieved when he was seemingly tripped inside the Spurs area but the match official waved away the appeals for a penalty.
The sides trooped off at the break with neither defence having been breached in an entertaining first 45 minutes.
The home side were presented with as gilt-edged a chance as you can see shortly after the re-start but two of their number somehow managed to miss an open goal from only a yard out!
As is often the case those ‘misses’ were soon back to haunt them as Town took a 50th minute lead.
A Stuart Coombs corner was superbly met on the volley by O’Connor who smashed the ball into the back of the Spurs net.
Ali Sawyer, who has rejoined Town from Crediton, almost doubled Town’s lead when clean through but was denied by the keeper.
O’Connor was the principle player in this game as he twice made goal line clearances, the second of which incensed the home side and crowd who clearly believed it was hand ball.
The home side continued to make, and spurn, chances, but, it was Town who came closest to scoring again when an audacious forty yard effort from Leigh Begam narrowly cleared the crossbar with the keeper stranded!
Six minutes of added time did nothing to ease the anxiety of Town’s supporters but the team held firm to earn their victory.
The victory lifts Town to sixth in the table but they face another hard game this Saturday when they travel to title favourites Liverton who remain unbeaten after thirteen games this season.