Too little too late for Arms

PUBLISHED: 16:05 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Arms travelled to unbeaten Newton St Cyres on Saturday with a mix and match team. Arms played with players out of position to fill in gaps and it wasn't long before Newton went one up through some poor defending.

EXMOUTH Arms travelled to unbeaten Newton St Cyres on Saturday with a mix and match team. Arms played with players out of position to fill in gaps and it wasn't long before Newton went one up through some poor defending. Again a mix-up between defence and goalkeeper saw them take a bigger lead, before Dan Richards up front was unceremoniously upended in the penalty box for Loz Phillips to hammer home the resulting penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way. Arms, who are a good side going forward, had a number of players off their game, forgetting that they have to defend as well as attack. Manager Kev Jones said: "Too many people were blaming others instead of looking at their own game. I won't accept players criticising others unless it's constructive." After half time, Arms started to get back into the game until a Newton long ball was spilled by the Arms keeper straight to the advancing right midfielder, who calmly put away the early Christmas present! With the score at 4-1 Adam Dellar came on at left back and Dave Rees pushed on up front to replace Ben Rushton who was struggling in his first game back from a long term injury. Wayne Tucker played well, battling the Newton tide in midfield alongside a flu ridden Liam Hine, and with some good running down the left by Warren Vaughan, Dan Richards pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for Rees to slot home. This spurred the Arms on and, almost straight away, a pass to Richards was gratefully accepted to make the score 4-3. It looked like Arms were back in it and likely to take something from the game, only for a quick sucker punch by Newton to leave Arms a long drive back to Exmouth and no points. Arms are at home at Endurance Park on Saturday to Bampton, hoping for a change in fortunes.

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