Town suffer final defeat in thriller

PUBLISHED: 14:15 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town A under-14s were unable to complete a seasons double when they lost to Honiton Town in the Final of the Trenchard Cup, beaten 5-3 in a thrilling contest.

EXMOUTH Town A under-14s were unable to complete a seasons double when they lost to Honiton Town in the Final of the Trenchard Cup, beaten 5-3 in a thrilling contest.

Town began the better of the sides but their undoing was a couple of defensive errors and a second half goal that probably belongs in the dubious origin file!

The first chance of the game fell to Ross James who met a corner superbly only to see his net bound header cleared off the line.

In the 7th minute Ryan Neville could not hold on to a stinging shot and when the ball fell kindly to a Honiton player he fired home.

Town hit back and James was again unfortunate when his bullet header cannoned back into play off an upright following a neat free kick routine by Alex Poultridge.

Town were deservedly level when Brandon Hodge fired home and moments later Charlie Williams fired narrowly wide.

Back came Honiton and Neville made a fine save before, at the other end, Hodge delivered a telling cross that Ian Littler put into the back of the net to give Town a 20th minute lead.

Disaster struck when influential defender Jordan Thompson was injured and had to be replaced.

On the half hour, Honiton were level and that was how things stayed through until the break.

Shortly after the re-start, Neville was forced to make a number of excellent saves as Honiton took charge and, after eight minutes, a disputed goal put them ahead.

A cross from the left was palmed away by Neville onto his cross bar and away to safety but the linesman called the referee over and told him that the ball had in fact crossed the line and a goal was awarded.

The apparent injustice seemed to affect Town and they quickly conceded another to trail 4-2 and with ten minutes remaining Honiton added a killer fifth goal.

Littler did pull one back for Town in the closing stages and there was still time for James to see yet another goal bound effort desperately cleared.

So Town had to settle for runners-up medals to go with their East Devon Youth League title which will be awarded to them on the evening of June 12.

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