Rabbit seals superb comeback.
PUBLISHED: 18:04 26 January 2011
IT WAS a battling performance from Exe II that saw them come from behind before winning their latest SW Premier Division One match, writes Bridget Culver.
Playing at Salisbury, the Exe team, despite showing some tiredness given that it was their second game of the weekend, produced a fine collective effort to win 3-2.
Despite a good start, Exe found themselves in the familiar position of being two goals down within just a quarter of an hour - a straight strike from a penalty corner and a second from open play inflicting the damage.
The hosts were strong in the challenge and kept possession well, but were vulnerable to the counter attack and the visiting forwards exploited this with Katie Walmsley, Deb Freeman and Jackie Shute linking well up front.
The comeback was launched in the 23rd minute when a penalty corner saw Kelly Luscumbe’s shot come cross deflected in by a defender.
The equaliser arrived following a lightning-quick counter that began deep in the Exe left side defensive area. Three passes later Jackie Shute was on hand on the penalty spot to reverse stick the ball into the roof of the net and that completed the first half scoring to send the sides into the break at 2-2.
The second half saw Salisbury launch an all-out assault on the Exe defence.
Goal keeper Becky Smith pulled off two good saves and the defence and halves worked tirelessly to keep them at bay.
On 52 minutes Exe gained good possession and broke again at pace. Deb Freeman and Katie Walmsley combining for Rabbit to slot the ball home.
From then on Exe grew in confidence and began to keep the ball much better than they had earlier in the contest.
There was one late opportunity to extend the score, but Anne Freeman saw her shot trickle just wide and Exe settled for a well deserved 3-2 success.