Shephard notches on first day as Town held by Spurs

PUBLISHED: 18:59 25 August 2010

Exmouth Town Football Club 2010/2011 team.; Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 9989-33-10AW

Exmouth Town Football Club 2010/2011 team.; Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 9989-33-10AW

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Exmouth Town’s first game of a new League season was a case of missed chances as they had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Newton Abbot Spurs at Southern Road.

IT WAS very much a case of missed chances at Southern Road as Exmouth Town were forced to settle for a draw in their opening game.

The Town pitch looked in great shape for the first game of the new South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division season and the home side, with a new management team at the helm and a couple of new faces in the side, looked to get their campaign off to a winning start.

Visiting Newton Abbot Spurs had not read the script, though ,and they seized the early initiative.

Town, though, showed some neat touches and were deservedly level when one of the new faces, Johnny Holding, set up Ben Shephard to open his account for the new term on 25 minutes.

Thereafter it was very much Town bossing the proceedings but, despite lots of possession and, indeed, having a monopoly on the scoring chances, the wining goal eluded them.

Town joint boss Alan Lewis conceded that his side should have been sitting on an opening day victory.

He said: “After we levelled we were in charge and the dominant force. We created chances and really ought to have seen them off. They did not create too much of a threat to us once we took charge. Given that Ben Shepherd is a proven 30-goal striker, he really ought to have had a couple, but that’s football for you, and, on another day, we’d have emerged victorious. The positive thing to take from this is that we saw enough good things throughout the side, on what was the first competitive outing, to suggest that we have the makings of a decent side.”

Town are at home again on Saturday when they entertain a Liverton United side that drew 2-2 at home to Teignmouth Town on the opening day.

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