POST-MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON EVESHAM WIN
Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted with his side’s performance following a 4-1 home win against Evesham United in the Pitching In Southern League Division One South.
The home side raced into a three-goal lead with three goals scored in five minutes including an Aaron Denny strike, a spectacular own goal and a goal of the season candidate from Jordan Harris put Town well on their way.
A penalty converted by Luca Belmonte briefly gave Evesham some hope, which was eradicated just before half-time as Levi Landricombe restored Town’s three goal lead.
Speaking shortly after the game, Hill stated: “We were nearly at full strength today and I thought we were excellent, especially in the first half.
The second half was a foregone conclusion, as long you don’t concede, you don’t lose. I thought the lads went through the motions a little bit, and I know that the game never is won, but give it 10/20 minutes in the second half and they haven’t scored then you know where it’s going.”
The pick of the goals was Exmouth’s third, where Harris picked the ball up 40 yards from goal and launched a spectacular lob into the back of the net.
While perhaps a goal like that would surprise the fans, this was no surprise to Hill.
“Knowing that they were going to pass around the back a little bit, one of our strengths is nicking it like that, so when we are in a position like that, Jordan has done it a few times and ‘keepers are often off the line these days so if you try it, you can catch them.
If you’ve got the work rate to get it and to spot the ‘keeper off his line, he’s got the awareness as well and at the moment it’s goal of the season!”
Despite long spells of Evesham possession in the second half, Exmouth held firm and Hill knows that a strong defence is key to success at their new level.
“They didn’t really build on it, but you know that there could be a mistake and two minutes later it’s 3-2 and there’s another lift.
Even though you are up 3-0 and you feel comfy and ahead, it’s the same scenario as if you are 2-0 up, you think you’ve got breathing space but if they get the next goal, it swings massively, they have nothing to lose so they just go for it.
It took a penalty for them to score against us, and that’s now 3 games at home with only one goal scored against us and that was a penalty.
We’ve always been quite resolute, especially at home, we are always in our opponents faces.
I know the strengths of this side and we have a foundation that we like to build on, but I’d like to say that we can play as well, and we build it up well, and we have clinical strikers who can help out at the other end for us, the longer we are in the game, the more chance we have of winning.”
This win moves Exmouth into 2nd but Hill is not getting ahead of himself, with the primary goals for this season staying the same, despite the fantastic start.
“For us it’s a new season in a new league, so for us our aim is to just stay in the league, it’s early days yet so we cannot get ahead of ourselves, we might have a bad spell and that will come and go, and there will be times where if I’m being real, we will come up against a proper side and we won’t be on it and we will get beat.
But results like today, now four wins out of five, it keeps us ticking along, especially our home form, and if we can keep that going and pick up points away, we’ll be fine.”