Thrice behind, Town end up 6-3 winners

PUBLISHED: 15:23 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town Ladies made the trip up the North Devon Link Road to face Bideford, keen to build on their Devon County Cup win against Feniton in their previous outing.

EXMOUTH Town Ladies made the trip up the North Devon Link Road to face Bideford, keen to build on their Devon County Cup win against Feniton in their previous outing.

The home side made the brighter start and, within five minutes, Town found themselves a goal behind.

The response was good, and Claire Bedwell soon levelled things up with a 20-yard shot which dipped just under the crossbar.

However, Bideford restored their lead when Louise Jones made an excellent last-ditch tackle, but then could only watch as the home team reacted much more quickly than Exmouth to steer home the loose ball.

Trailing 2-1 at the interval, Town knew they had to improve in the second half and were soon level again when Leonie Drury lofted a pass to Lucy Williams who headed the ball into the path of Leanne Hunt's angled run. With plenty still to do, Hunt produced an angled low drive which easily beat the diving keeper.

Town now began to create more chances, but were undone again when a Bideford striker hooked the ball home against the run of play.

Rather than let their heads drop, Town players showed great determination to again level the scores when Hunt pounced on a weak clearance to drill home from just outside the box to make the score 3-3.

At that stage the match was too close to call, but Exmouth finally moved into top gear and added further goals through Williams, a Hunt penalty and then another fine effort from Hunt late on to seal the points with a 6-3 victory.

Manager Jeff Dorman said: " I was very happy with the second half performance and a great team effort. We have set the standard for our play now and, hopefully, we can produce this kind of display on a consistent basis.


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