EXMOUTH TOWN 1 V WIMBORNE TOWN 0

A healthy crowd of 394 witnessed Town’s first home game in the Southern League and saw an absorbing match with the result in doubt right to the final whistle. Both sides went into this match having won their opening encounters and Town settled well with Aarron Denny the first to test the visiting gloves man on twelve minutes and then Callum Shipton sending a speculative volley narrowly wide.

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Wimborne were patience in their build up and were almost rewarded when a header crashed against the bar and they then forced a decent save from Chris Wright. As Town took the initiative Mark Lever saw his 30 yard attempt deflected narrowly over the bar but back came the visitors forcing another save from Wright.

The second half started with Town winning a free kick that Jordan Harris lined up fully 35 yards from goal and his effort was on target forcing a decent save. As Town maintained the pressure a Harris header brought an even better save and from the resulting corner Dan Cullen headed narrowly wide.

As the game continued to ebb and flow Cullen was then in the action again this time with a superb tackle to prevent a clear scoring opportunity. Town’s defence was again well organized with no mistakes meaning the visitors for all their possession never created the sort of chance that you would say “they should have scored”. As we went into the closing stages you were hoping for one last chance and it arrived with four minutes to play. Town did well to keep the ball around the edge of the penalty box and eventually a deft flick from Harris found Dean Billingsley in space around the penalty spot and he made no mistake calmly steering the ball past the despairing ‘keeper.

As Wimborne strove for the equaliser Town kept their composure and comfortably played out time.

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