Sharkey nets second hat-trick of season as Exmouth Town Reserves put five past Clyst Valley

PUBLISHED: 12:49 18 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:49 18 September 2014

Exmouth took on Cronies at Southerrn Road on Saturday. Ref exsp 4374-37-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth took on Cronies at Southerrn Road on Saturday. Ref exsp 4374-37-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

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Exmouth Town Reserves played hosts to a young Clyst Valley that found the Town experience too much for them as Town claimed a 5-2 victory.

Despite a pre match warning to the team to carry on the recent good work and not take the Clyst side too lightly. Exmouth managed to gift an opening goal to their opposition within the first minute. This at least galvanised Town into some good approach play and they dominated possession for the remainder of the half, creating many chances, which should have seen the game off. The only reward however was a fine goal from the excellent James Sharkey, which capped an energetic first half for the winger.

Exmouth introduced Tim Wright to the game for the second half, with the brief to busy himself amongst the Clyst defence and take any chances that came his way.

Two volleys and two goals later he was chasing a 30-minute hat-trick. He was to be out gunned however, as Sharkey continued his fine form with a marvellous run and drive into the top corner and finally his third goal, which came from the penalty spot after he had been fouled in the box.

Town boss Alan Hayward said: “As good as the five goals were none would have been possible without the hard work and movement of the home midfield. Kerry Butler again worked his magic whilst Jac Civill and Paul McMahon won the ball at every opportunity. Richard Ralph also gets a mention for his endeavours as a makeshift striker this week, creating chances and making space for his partners up top. Man of the match however, of course goes to young Sharkey for his excellent wing play and second hat trick in a month.”

The Town second string are at home this Saturday with Axminster Town Reserves the visitors for a 3pm kick-off at Southern Road.

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