Spirited show from Town in Ashes defeat

PUBLISHED: 21:25 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 21:25 17 December 2014

Exmouth versus Saltash United line up together in remembrance of the the 1914 Christmas break in action to stage a football match

Exmouth versus Saltash United line up together in remembrance of the the 1914 Christmas break in action to stage a football match

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A spirited second performance by Exmouth Town almost brought about a sensational turnaround against high flying Saltash United but they finally had to accept a 2-1 defeat, writes John Dibsdall.

The visitors quickly showed why they are the in form side of the SWPL opening the scoring just ninety seconds into the game. Brimming with the confidence gained from a twelve match winning run and at full strength they threatened to overrun Town and, but for the heroics of ‘keeper Mike Searle they would have had the game well and truly won by half-time. Searle produced two stunning saves in the fifteenth and thirty seventh minutes as well as other notable efforts, but was powerless to prevent ‘the Ashes’ doubling their lead on forty-one minutes.

The introduction of substitutes Jordan Hopkins and Lloyd Gardner at half time gave Town’s supporters a clear sign that Town would take the game to their opponents a move that soon paid dividends. Hopkins jinked his way past two defenders before passing to Ace High who was crudely bundled over for a clear penalty. Up stepped Gardner to coolly convert and it was game on just two minutes into the second half. As Town dominated proceedings Saltash’s attacking threat was nullified and Town created three chances that on another day would have been taken. On sixty five minutes Hopkins set up Kevin Hill who blasted a left foot drive wide of the upright and Cameron Vere also saw an effort miss the target. The best opportunity fell to Dan Boere with ninety minutes on the clock and when he looked favourite to score the visiting ‘keeper produced an excellent point blank save.

Before the match both sides lined up for a special photograph as part of the “Football Remembers” initiative to commemorate the iconic moment of the First World War when on the December 25, 1914, soldiers from both sides laid down their weapons and crossed into no man’s land to share an impromptu ceasefire. Football at all levels from the Premiership down to grass roots are uploading their photos to a special website, www.footballremembers.com that will act as a moment of record of football in 2014.

This Saturday Town host Elburton Villa, kick off 3.00pm, and will be seeking to repeat their second half performance and complete the double over the Plymouth based side whom they defeated 7-3 back in August. On Boxing Day morning Town are again at home with Cullompton Rangers the visitors kick off at the traditional time of 11am.

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