Sowden stars in Exmouth Town Reserves win

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:00 05 March 2015

Exmouth 2nds at home to Axmouth United. Ref exsp 9433-10-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth 2nds at home to Axmouth United. Ref exsp 9433-10-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Exmouth Town Reserves played their first game in three weeks at Southern Road, beating Axmouth Town 3-1 in what was a scrappy encounter, writes Alan Haywood.

The visitors started the more competitively, chasing and winning the ball all around the field, Exmouth were struggling to get any sort of control of the game, although they went ahead through another fine finish from 17-year-old Aaron Sowden, who ran from the halfway line and finished calmly in the corner after a fine pass from Leigh Clark. Axmouth continued to play their game of closing down early and were rewarded with an equaliser just before the half time whistle blew.

The second half began in the same manner, but Town started to win possession more and asked questions of Axmouths defence. Luke Smith was introduced and along with James Sharkey they put some excellent balls in for the front two of Exmouth to get onto. And it was Tim Wright who took advantage and bagged his 20th goal of this season with a sharp finish across the keeper. With their noses in front Town now pressed Axmouth back in their half and were creating chance after chance. It was yet another delivery from Sharkey that resulted in the third goal, one which must go down as a contender for goal of the season. Young Aaron Sowden scoring his fourth in two games with a stunning volley that smashed into the top corner.

Exmouth easily saw out the rest of the game, with Sean Roach, Paul McMahon and Gareth Davies all having excellent games in the defence

This win keeps Town at the top of senior three in what looks to be a three horse race for who finishes top, with Henries Cronies and Lyme Regis both staying close behind in second and third.

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