High nets as Town continue winning start to new league life with Bitton victory

PUBLISHED: 11:03 22 August 2019

Exmouth Town fans got behind their team at Bitton and similar is expected this Saturday for the FA Cup at Yate Town. Picture; MARTIN COOK

Exmouth Town fans got behind their team at Bitton and similar is expected this Saturday for the FA Cup at Yate Town. Picture; MARTIN COOK

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Exmouth Town continue their journey in the Emirates FA Cup with a trip to Yate Town this Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.

Exmouth Town at home to Barnstaple in a FA Cup game. Ref exsp 33 19TI 0106. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth Town at home to Barnstaple in a FA Cup game. Ref exsp 33 19TI 0106. Picture: Terry Ife

The Gloucestershire side won promotion to the Bet Victor Southern League Premier Division this season and have had mixed results in their opening league games.

After a 4-1 home reverse they travelled to Taunton Town last midweek and won 4-0 before losing last Saturday 3-0 at Poole Town.

The winners of this preliminary round tie receive £2,890 with the losers picking up £960. If the match is a draw after 90 minutes then there will be a replay at Southern Road on Wednesday August 28.

Town will go into the match in the knowledge that last Saturday they maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 1-0 victory at Bitton, who had previously won their three opening games and are many people's tip to lift the Toolstation Western League Premier Division title this season.

Town made a bright start and a move involving Ace High, Aarron Denny and Karl Rickard ended with Ben Steer firing narrowly over the crossbar.

Bitton responded with a quick counter attack and James Richards was perfectly positioned to steer a dangerous cross away for a corner.

Town took the lead on s. A fine through ball by Adam Bilcock saw High hold off two challenges before his well struck shot found the bottom corner.

As Town continued to be the dominant side Denny thought he had doubled the lead when he turned home a shot from High, but was judged to be offside.

Bitton's cause was not helped by a straight red card for a stamp on Steer in the 35th minute and, as the half closed, High produced another fine run, but this time without the desired finish.

The second half saw Bitton lucky to keep all 10 of their remaining players on the pitch as the referee was somewhat lenient in issuing second yellow cards to two of their players that had already been booked.

They did, however, show why they are highly rated as they played some good possession football, but such was Town's defensive stability with Tom Gardner outstanding they didn't really create a clear cut scoring opportunity.

Chris Wright in the Town goal did have to produce one excellent save, but that came about via a deflection rather than a direct shot!

As the home side pushed more men forward gaps began to appear and Town had three good breaks, but were let down by the final ball that could have put players through for a one on one with the 'keeper and improved Town's goal difference.

All in all, another splendid result with 40 or so of Town's supporters swelling both the crowd and the bar takings and Gardner winning the Bradford's Man of the Match award.

Town are also in action this evening (Wednesday) when they travel down the A38 to play Plymouth Parkwa,y who top the division with a goal difference of plus 11 from their two games played with Town in fifth. Check out how Town got on at Parkway at www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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