The day Town pummelled the Pilgrims
- Credit: Archant
As we all wait for a return to normal life and a packed football schedule, it is worth remembering how far Exmouth Town have travelled in the past couple of years.
It is almost exactly two years ago that Plymouth Argyle Reserves rocked up to Southern Road for a massive game in the South-West Peninsula League, with Town pursuing promotion and Argyle included a number of their first-team stars in the squad.
An impressive crowd of 302 supporters defied the cold to enjoy the game, although many of those in attendance grabbed a fork before kick-off to give a stodgy playing surface some extra loving care to ensure the game went ahead.
Playing in front of the largest home attendance since the formation of the Peninsula League in 2007, Exmouth were outstanding from the start.
The mission was to knock Argyle off top spot and the electric Jordan Harris thundered a shot against the post inside two minutes.
Pilgrim winger Lionel Ainsworth forced a good save from Robbie Powell before Aaron Denny jinked his way into the box and was bundled over for a penalty.
Step forward Harris to lash home a confident spot-kick.
Denny was controlling the midfield and both Harris and Ace High forced good saves from Mike Cooper, now Argyle’s main custodian in Sky Bet League One.
Exmouth were in rampant mood and finally got their reward when Denny released Harris to slot home his second of the afternoon.
The Pilgrims were buckling under a wave of Town pressure and a third arrived on the hour, when Mark Lever headed home a Denny corner.
It was, however, Harris who took the ultimate plaudits, completing his supreme display with a hat-trick goal 14 minutes from time.
Just a couple of months later, Town went into the final day of the Peninsula season with a chance to win the title.
They would ultimately miss out to Tavistock, who beat Argyle to secure top spot, but still a fabulous season for Exmouth that would see the club rise to the Western League.
They are great memories and we will build new ones at Southern Road very soon.