Town knock out the cup holders
PUBLISHED: 14:24 11 November 2010
EXMOUTH Town produced the day’s most notable result in Saturday’s Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup, writes John Dibsdall.
EXMOUTH Town produced the day’s most notable result in Saturday’s Graddon Vending Devon premier Cup, writes John Dibsdall.
Town were tasked with putting out holders Appledore, and on their own patch, too, but it proved to be a task well within their collective capabilities, although they did need a penalty shoot-out success to book safe passage into the next round.
Travelling to North Devon without a recognised central defender, Town’s cause was not helped when the previous week’s hat-trick hero, James Ford, had to be taken to hospital, after only ten minutes, with a bad cut on the bridge of his nose.
Town fell behind in the 15th minute, but it took them just five further minutes before they restored parity through Scott Howarth.
Once again, the North Devon side took the lead only for the busy Jac Civil to fire Town level on the stroke of half time.
There were no further goals during the second half, or, indeed, during the additional half-hour and so the game went into the dreaded shoot-out!
Ben Shephard, Jac Civil and Andrew Jones all calmly slotted their spot kicks, whilst glovesman Adrian Pullin pulled off two stunning saves to keep out the home penalties to send Town through to the next round.
Next up in the competition for Jason Margrett’s men is a trip back to North Devon, when they will now face the winners from two season’s ago, BOCA
This Saturday sees a return to league action with a home game against Galmpton United (2.15pm).
The visitors will arrive at Southern Road with an away record this term that is less than impressive, for they have won just one of their five outings on oppositon turf.
They won 2-0 at Bickleigh on September 11th, but have since lost 4-1 at University and 3-2 at Exeter Civil Service.
A home win could catapult Town into the top six.