Sawyer is spot on as Exmouth Town stay top

PUBLISHED: 09:36 01 December 2011

The Exmouth Vets played their Sidmouth counterparts at the Manstone ground on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2546-42-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The Exmouth Vets played their Sidmouth counterparts at the Manstone ground on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 2546-42-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Exmouth Town continued their winning run with a 1-0 victory at Sidmouth Town, writes John Dibsdall.

Despite their being just the one goal the match was full of incident and it saw the hosts finish the game with nine men.

The little football that was played came from Town and had it not been for the heroics of the home ‘keeper the winning margin would have been far more than the solitary goal.

The first major talking point came on eighteen minutes when, following a foul on Town captain James Turner and an ensuing scuffle, a Sidmouth player was sent off for violent conduct. By this time the Sidmouth keeper had excelled to deny Mark Simic and Dave O’Connor. As the game wore on he made several fines saves, to deny Town and, in particular, O’Connor.

As the second half continued in a similar vein you began to think this was not going to be Town’s day especially after a Sam Woodin free kick hit the post and appeals for hand ball in the area were turned down. On seventy minutes the game erupted once more when Town were awarded a penalty after Kyle Bassett had been held in the area.

After a lengthy delay during which time the home side contested the penalty award and a further yellow card was handed out and the home linesman dismissed from his position, the penalty was tucked away by Ali Sawyer.

Shortly after, a second yellow card to a player left Sidmouth finishing the game with nine men and they were unable to breach the Town rearguard.

This Saturday Town are in cup action, Crediton United being the visitors in the third round of the Devon Premier Cup, kick off at Southern Road is 2pm with extra-time and penalties if needed. Crediton were the last side to win at Southern Road defeating Town 3-0 back in September.

Town have also progressed to the semi-finals of the Axminster Hospital Cup having overcome a determined Axminster side 2-0. Kyle Bassett opened the scoring but the match was not won until a twenty yard screamer from Tom Lowe secured victory

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