Woodbury edged out by Exmouth Town Reserves.

PUBLISHED: 21:44 08 December 2011

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Woodbury suffered their first defeat in two months when edged out by a single goal by Exmouth Town Reserves in a Fresha League meeting.

Woodbury 0 Exmouth Town Reserves 1

Exmouth Town won this local Division 5 derby in the opening 90 seconds as Town carved Woodbury open early doors.

After that it was the visitors who had the first 15 minutes in what was their best spell of the match.

Richie Ralph for Town was getting free and causing problems as they looked to try and double their advantage.

Woodbury had different ideas, however. After gradually getting back into the game Woodbury thought they had their leveller.

The visiting gloves man was adjudged to hold onto the ball for too long and the Referee had no alternative but to give the hosts an indirect free kick on the edge of the 18 yard box. Woodbury reacted quickly, Alex Hughes threading the ball out to the left where Adam Downey used his pace to first connect, then slip the ball home.

Exmouth’s protested to the match official who then asked Woodbury to re-take the free-kick after adjudging that the infringement of a moving ball had cancelled out the Woodbury equalizer and this time the Town net was not breached.

In the second half Town bolstered their attacking line in an attempt to kill the game. Woodbury, with the benefit of the slope still sought their equalizer but the Town Keeper was having a good game as he thwarted some early attacks.

The game proved to be open as Woodbury had tweaked the formation to be more attacking, sometimes leaving their defence man on man to curtail the visiting attacks.

The more cutting attacks where from the Wooders, they caused wave after wave of problems to the Town defence with dead ball attacks from both throw ins and Corners, but a well organized Defence just about hung onto their lead.

Alex Wickes, promoted from the Woodbury Reserve team was causing problems and was extremely unlucky from 10 yards out when he didn’t quite connect with a chance.

Adam Downey was causing problems as was Alex Hughes as Woodbury’s three

pronged attack threw the Kitchen sink at the visiting defence.

Rhys Perry was introduced to the game as another attacking change was made and the Wooders where lining up 3/4/3 in an attempt to gain parity.

Perry had a shot fly across the goal, Former Town player Ryan Smith also created problems.

Scott Clayton in between the Woodbury sticks made one good save as Town attempted to catch the Home team on the Counter attack.

The Referee finally blew for full time and Woodbury where disappointed not to get a deserved point for their efforts.

Captain Brett Gloyn stood out as did Adam Downey, Ryan Smith and Alex Wickes for Woodbury who suffered their first defeat in over two months. On Saturday, weather permitting, Woodbury travel to Hatherleigh in an

attempt to get back to winning ways.

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