Town hard done by in defeat at champions-in-waiting

PUBLISHED: 09:29 19 April 2018

Football

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Exmouth Town are without a game this week, although they were in action last night when Camelford were the visitors to Southern Road, writes John Dibsdall.

With so many postponements this season many sides are playing catch-up and Camelford will have played last Saturday, Monday, at Exmouth on Wednesday and then have games tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday!

Whilst Town are without a game for 10 days they then must play five games in a period 10 days to finish what has been a very demanding and frustrating season.

Town travelled to Plymouth Parkway last Friday and having found themselves four down after thirty-five minutes you feared the worse.

The opening goal came from a hotly disputed penalty given it seemed from the shouts of the crowd rather than the players.

After the shot hit the outside of the post the referee gave a goal kick, but his assistant then intervened, again after appeals from the crowd, and 19-year-old Alex Berry, deputising in goal for the injured Martin Rice, was deemed to have encroached.

The retaken kick was converted, and two well-taken free-kicks and a header from a corner gave the league leaders a commanding lead.

The second half saw Town play some of their best football this year and deservedly pulled a goal back after fifty-three minutes, Ace High driving through the middle and calmly converting. Sam Schaefli’s fierce shot brought a decent save from the ‘keeper and as Town continued to press they stroked the ball around well and went close on numerous occasions. Berry had one save to make in the second half as Town restored pride to their performance.

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