Ace High becomes Exmouth Town’s all-time SWP League record goal scorer after brace in 5-0 home win

PUBLISHED: 15:03 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:03 30 September 2018

Exmouth Town at home to Newquay. Ref exsp 37 18TI 0919. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Town at home to Newquay. Ref exsp 37 18TI 0919. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth Town maintained their 100 per cent Southern Road home record this season with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Godolphin Atlantic last Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

Ace High continued his excellent scoring form with another brace to become Town’s leading goal scorer in the SWPL with 81 goals overtaking Ben Shephard with 79.

Town dominated this game from start to finish although the opening goal did not arrive until the forty third minute.

Karl Rickard and Nathan Cooper had both seen goal bound efforts saved by the overworked visiting glovesman and Rickard had the ball in the net but was denied by the offside flag.

The resistance was finally broken when an excellent cross field pass from Aarron Denny found High in space to turn the ball pass the on-rushing ‘keeper.

The visitors had a player sent off in the 51st minute having collected two yellow cards in the space of four minutes and Town quickly added to their misery when Rickard turned in a Cooper corner a minute later.

High scored his second on 62 minutes, a Jimmy Hinds effort was ruled out for offside and despite some more excellent saves Town scored twice in the closing minutes through Hinds and Denny.

If Town played good attacking football to win the Godolphin game it was a strong defensive performance that ended Plymouth Argyle’s 100 per cent home record last Tuesday evening when a solitary strike from Cooper earned Town all three points from the league leaders.

Cooper’s goal came on seven minutes when the Argyle defence failed to clear a corner and thereafter Town gave a very organised and disciplined display to deny a youthful but experienced at this level side that has averaged over three goals a game from their fourteen games played.

Whilst the hosts enjoyed the majority of the possession it was not all one way traffic.

Denny was twice denied by Woodbury boy Michael Cooper in the home goal who showed why he has signed a two year professional contract with a top drawer save from a Callum Shipton strike that looked destined for the top corner.

Argyle had hit the post and Town cleared one effort off the line but in the end the effort displayed by every member of the side brought its just reward.

This coming Saturday (October 6), Town are once again at home when they host an Ivybridge side they drew 1-1 with in a midweek meeting earlier in the season.

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