Plymouth Argyle pay Exmouth Town big complement
PUBLISHED: 12:18 06 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:19 06 November 2014
'Defeated, but far from disgraced', was the verdict after Town had lost 4-1 to Plymouth Argyle in the St Lukes Bowl last Tuesday, writes john Dibsdall.
Argyle paid Town the compliment of starting the game with nine players that had Football League experience with six in their squad for their Sky Bet Division Two match at Burton Albion on Saturday.
Town had a couple of half chances to open the scoring before Marvin Morgan waltzed around three Town players and firing home on twenty three minutes. The visitors doubled their lead with a penalty converted by Deane Smalley on thirty five minutes but Town responded well with Ace High having a strong shot parried.
Argyle scored their third on fifty minutes with Town appealing in vain for offside and Smalley completed his hat trick with another penalty on sixty five minutes. Town stuck to their task and were rewarded when Karl Rickard scored following good play by High and Jordan Hopkins had a shot cleared off the line.
The defeat was Town’s fourth in a row in all competitions but they stopped the rot with a 2-2 draw at Stoke Gabriel last Saturday. In truth this was very much a “morning after the night before” performance. As a unit they failed to match either the quality or the energy of the Argyle game despite opening the scoring after three minutes with a well taken goal by James Ansell. Four minutes later sloppy defending allowed a long free kick to travel across the face of the goal to be turned in at the far post. On twenty two minutes Town were behind as again they failed to clear their lines but were given a lifeline on forty minutes when the home side had a player sent off for two yellow cards. A minute later an excellent cross from Ben Clay was headed home by High and you hoped that Town would make the extra man count in the second half. Unfortunately that failed to materialise and Town never exerted any real pressure until the final minute when High crashed a twenty yard cross shot against the inside of the post that rebounded to safety.
Town have two home matches this week. On Saturday Torpoint Athletic are the visitors Kick off 3.00pm and on Wednesday evening they host Bovey Tracey kick off 7.30pm.