Town edged out in Harris Cup
PUBLISHED: 09:04 24 November 2010
For the second time this season Exmouth Town Under-16s were put out of a Cup competition, beaten 2-1 by Beacon Knights of Exeter.
EXMOUTH Town were beaten in the Harris Cup, edged out by the odd goal in three by Beacon Knights.
Rather like the previous cup encounter, which also ended 2-1 to the Exeter side, this was a very close contest.
Town started brightly but were unable to find that final killer pass that would have taken them to within range of the Knights goal. It needed a fine save from Dillon Ashcroft to deny the Exeter side the lead whilst, at the other end a Town attack ended with jack Thomas seeing his effort cleared whilst substitute Jamie Jeffries had a shot saved.
However, neither defence could be breached, and the first half ended goalless.
Within two minutes of the re-start Town were ahead with a goal of genuine quality.
Some neat midfield passing got Littler away and he finished with some style.
It took the Exeter side just five minutes to restore parity when the Town defence were unable to clear their lines at a corner.
Both Jeffries and Littler went close to winning it for Town, but, with five minutes remaining it was the Knights who struck what proved to be the winner when once again the home defence had failed to clear their lines properly.
What went against Town on the day was their apparent lack of creativity from the middle of the pitch. There were periods in the game when the Town side did show what they were capable of but it was all too rare and what was clear come the end that this team needs to portray more of a togetherness than falling foul of the – let’s blame somebody else – culture which is affecting their game. Boss Steve King said: “It’s up to the lads to show better discipline and a desire to work together as a team rather than single units, if they do that then they will quickly bounce back.”