Town go down after being ahead

PUBLISHED: 09:34 17 November 2010

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Exmouth Town slipped to their first defeat since mid-September when beaten by the odd goal in five by Galmpton United.

After their previous week’s cup heroics, Exmouth Town slipped to their first South West Peninsula League defeat since mid-September when they succumbed to a spirited Galmpton United side, writes John Dibsdall.

Town started well with Andrew Jones a constant threat down the right hand side and it was no surprise when they went in front after seventeen minutes.

An astute pass from Ben Shephard played in Jones, who made no mistake from eight yards. Such was Town’s dominance, it seemed just a matter of time before they increased their lead, but apart from a Shephard effort that grazed the wrong side of the upright, all too often the final ball into the box was poor and easily cleared.

Town were to pay dearly for their failure to kill the game off as Galmpton were a different side after the break.

A defensive error after seven minutes of the second half gifted the equaliser and ten minutes later Town found themselves 3-1 down as Galmpton threaten to run riot.

To their credit, Town came back strongly and substitute Leigh Begam raced on to a headed flick-on from Shephard to fire home a shot from the edge of the box.

Dave O’Connor then saw his drive hit the foot of the post and a firm header from Shephard was cleared off the line.

As Town continued to dominate, another shot was deflected against the post to deny Town at least a point from a game they could so easily have won.

This Saturday, Town make the short trip to face Ottery St. Mary hoping to kick-start their league campaign (kick-off 3.00pm).

The Otters currently sit eighth in the table, having inflicted the only league defeat this season on high-flying Budleigh Salterton.

They have also lost three times at home and Town will be looking to rediscover the form that has brought away victories at Bickleigh, Axminster and Appledore.

Victory for Town would move them to within a couple of points of a top six berth such is the tightness of the table.

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