Walking wounded rise to Alphas challenge.

PUBLISHED: 09:01 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town skipper Kerry Butler led by supreme example on Saturday when he came off the bench to score the winning goal in a 2-1 success at Alphington.

EXMOUTH Town skipper Kerry Butler led by supreme example on Saturday when he came off the bench to score the winning goal in a 2-1 success at Alphington.

What made the win all the more remarkable was that Town boss Jody Bolt was, quite literally, down to the bare bones of a side and he himself played for the first 70 minutes before he joined an ever-growing casualty list, limping out of the action with a knee problem.

Butler, unable to play a full 90 minutes owing to injury, helped make up the numbers by travelling as a substitute and it was his half-time introduction that provided the spark to seal the win, scoring with his first touch.

Earlier, the hosts had scored first only to be pegged back five minutes before the break when Andrew Jones rifled one in from twelve yards and the sides went into the break locked at 1-1.

What proved to be the winning goal came eight minutes after the re-start when a Ben Shepherd shot was initially saved by the Alphas keeper, only for the ball to rebound out into play. Butler kept his calm and sent a superb lob up and over the glovesman and into the net.

Town boss Bolt said: "It was a magnificent win, we really were down to the bare bones, and goodness knows how we will field a side this coming weekend for the big game with Budleigh. The lads who pulled the shirts on at Alphington did me, the club, and themselves proud. We have got a bigger treatment room right now than a set on Casualty!

But, what we may lack in big name players at the weekend I am sure we will more than make up for in terms of sheer effort."

Speaking of the cup tie with Budleigh this Saturday Bolt said: " The injury list is horrific and it's too late now to sign players on for a County Cup game, but we'll give it our best shot."

Skipper Kerry Butler (ankle), leading scorer Ben Shepherd (thigh), James Berry (Knee), Tom Lowe (back), Matt Hesford (stomach) and now Bolt himself (knee) are all extremely doubtful for Saturday's game.

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