Sowden strikes late in Town victory

PUBLISHED: 11:54 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 19 November 2015

Exmouth Town are pictured playing Uni at Southern Road on Saturday. Ref exsp 4894-44-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Town are pictured playing Uni at Southern Road on Saturday. Ref exsp 4894-44-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Exmouth Town treated the hardy souls that braced the elements to a seven goal thriller at Southern Road as they game from two goals down to finally overcome Camelford by the odd goal in seven, writes John Dibsdall.

The visitors made the better start, belying their lowly league position with some slick passing as Town struggled to adapt to the swirling wind. It was no surprise when they took the lead in the ninth minute a long cross caught defenders and goalkeeper in two minds allowing a header into an empty net.

As the visitors continued to press they doubled their lead on 24 minutes. Another cross was well controlled on the chest and as the defence hesitated the forward turned and shot home.

This goal sparked Town into life and only Mark Saunders will know how he failed to connect with an Alex Greening free-kick!

However, Town were now in the ascendency and Aaron Sowden saw his cross shot tipped over the bar. On 40 minutes Rob Powell saved a well struck free-kick and from his resulting clearance the ball eventually fell to James Ansell who scored into the top corner from a narrow angle.

Two minutes later the sides were level as Matt Dawson held off the challenges before rolling the ball to Alex Greening who drilled a twenty-yard drive into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes into the second half and Town were ahead. This time it was Greening who set up Dawson with an accurate through ball for Matt to hook the ball over the onrushing ‘keeper.

To their credit Camelford refused to lie down and equalised on 68 minutes with a twenty-five yard drive that fizzed into the net.

As both sides went looking for a winner Joe Bushin headed narrowly wide and Dawson had another well struck shot graze the post. When Camelford counter attacked Town’s defence with well-timed blocks held firm before Dan Boere’s accurate cross was swept home by Sowden to give Town their fourth consecutive league victory.

This Saturday Town travel to St Blazey who are currently bottom of the table. A change of management saw their squad decimated, but they have made several new signings and their performances have improved even if they do not yet have the results to reflect that improvement.

Town’s reserves are at home this Saturday when they entertain Halwill (2.15pm). There’s also home action for Town youth who meet Pinhoe (10.30am) in their latest Exeter and District Youth League game.

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