Town battle to Ottery win

PUBLISHED: 09:04 24 November 2010

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Adrian Pullin was a key man in Exmouth Town claiming a 4-3 victory in the East Devon derby at Ottery St Mary.

TOTAL commitment coupled with a stubborn refusal to accept defeat, was the key to Town’s victory over near neighbours Ottery St Mary in this enthralling South West Peninsula League encounter, writes John Dibsdall.

Town made the perfect start when they went ahead after only two minutes.

A training ground short corner move was completed when Scott Coombs scored his first goal for the club with a thundering 20-yard left-footed drive that gave the home keeper no chance.

Town’s elation was short lived as Ottery equalised within a minute and went on to dominate proceedings.

Indeed, it was no surprise when they scored again after thirty five minutes when Town’s inability to deal with long crosses was again highlighted as Ottery scored their second headed goal.

Town did have one chance to equalise before half-time when Adam Turner won the ball on the right and played in Andrew Jones whose cross was met first time by Dave O’Connor but was hit too close to the keeper.

After the break it was Ottery who again settled quicker and Town needed two fine saves from Adrian Pullin to keep them in the match.

It took substitutions, however, to change the course of the game. Leigh Begam came on and within minutes headed Town’s equaliser only for them to concede yet again from another cross that was bundled home at the far post. Back came Town and another Begam header levelled the scores.Once again Ottery pressed forward and Pullin was called into action to prevent them regaining the lead. Town however were not to be denied and with James Ford combining well with skipper Kerry Butler they finally gained control of midfield. The winner came with ten minutes remaining, Jac Civil setting up Andrew Jones who scored with a well placed drive.

Ben Shephard then struck the upright as Town secured a victory that saw them climb five places in the league with games in hand on the sides immediately above them.

This Saturday Town entertain Crediton United and will be looking to repeat their 4-1 victory earlier in the season in the Throgmorton Cup. Kick-off at Southern Road is at 2.15pm and if Town do secure three points they could go fifth in the table if other results go their way.

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