Penalty pain for Arms
PUBLISHED: 09:55 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010
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EXMOUTH ARMS entertained Bampton for the second time in two weeks at Endurance Park. With players missing, Arms changed formation through necessity rather than any tactical reason and it worked well.
EXMOUTH ARMS entertained Bampton for the second time in two weeks at Endurance Park. With players missing, Arms changed formation through necessity rather than any tactical reason and it worked well. The Arms took the game by the scruff of the neck and played some great football on the ground as chances came and went for both teams. Dave Rees hit the post with a shot and also forced a smart save from the Bampton keeper. With Arms the dominant force, keeper Lee Dellar was a virtual spectator and, with the back three of Adam Dellar, Matt Broadhurst and a fit again Will Ficken, in fine form, a visiting goal seemed highly unlikely. However, Arms, for all their possession, were unable to fashion a goal and the game went into the extra half hour. It was Dan Richards who broke the deadlock, tucking the ball away to give Arms the lead but Bampton hit back almost immediately. Once again the Arms looked the more likely and they duly took the lead with some smart thinking from Rees. Seeing the Bampton keeper taking a near post position he opted for a classic inswinging corner to the far post and it beat everybody to end up in the back of the net. With time running out, the visitors were given a life line when they were awarded a penalty. Arms stopper Dellar was agonisingly close to keeping it out but the ball did hit the net and the game went into the drama of a penalty shoot out. That man Dellar served up some heroics to keep out each of the first two Bampton spot kicks, but, whilst earlier goal scorer Rees and Joel Martin, both scored, sadly Carder, Vaughan and Wakeling, all failed to put their penalties away and it was Bampton who claimed the place in the next round by the narrowest of margins. An unlucky day for Arms but plenty of positives to take from the game including good fitness, great performance, and excellent team play.