MATCH REPORT: EXMOUTH TOWN 2-1 CINDERFORD TOWN
Exmouth Town continued their fine Southern League Division One South form as they came back from behind to beat Cinderford Town 2-1 at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.
A penalty from Ben Brooks saw the visitors go in front, but an Aaron Denny strike five minutes after half time put the game back on level terms.
It was Jordan Harris who proved to be the match winner, as his spectacular curling effort gave the hosts all three points.
Despite starting on the front foot, Exmouth found themselves second best in the first half, as Cinderford had their first attempt after nine minutes, as Harry Emmett curled his shot wide of the post.
That did not mean that Exmouth didn’t have any opportunities in the first 45, as Jordan Harris battled well to win the ball in the Cinderford half and played in Ben Steer, who beat his man, but his cross couldn’t find Levi Landricombe.
Steer continued to be a threat, as he worked the ball down the wing and cut it back to Landricombe, but his effort was blocked by Jack Bartman.
It was the visitors who took the lead after 26 minutes, as David Rowe was adjudged to have fouled Ben Symons in the box, and the spot-kick was duly converted by Ben Brooks.
Cinderford clearly encouraged by the opening goal, almost made it two just five minutes later, as a free kick fell into the path of defender Dion Molyneux, but his shot flew over the bar.
Exmouth came out into the second half with a fresh impetus, and levelled the game just five minutes after the break.
Ben Steer’s free kick was headed into the path of Aaron Denny, who’s drilled shot beat Ellis Parker at his near post, and gave Exmouth some momentum.
Town had it in the back of the net just two minutes later, but Landricombe was caught offside by the linesman.
It got even better for Exmouth as Cinderford were reduced to ten men, after a high boot from Bartman into the head of Ace High saw him dismissed.
After an hour, it went from bad to worse for the away side, as Jordan Harris added another contender to the goal of the season competition, as he controlled the ball on the corner of the 18-yard-box and curled an effort into the top right corner.
Town could have made it three as Steer went through on goal, but Parker denied him with a fantastic save, and the Cinderford defence forced Landricombe’s attempt over.
Despite the hosts being on top in the second half, the visitors almost grabbed an equaliser as a corner was scrambled around in the box, but Dan Cullen was there on the line to prevent the ball from trickling in.
Following his two-goal haul against Slimbridge, Luke Bissett almost added a third as Landricombe broke through the defence, but Bissett couldn’t quite connect with his cutback.
It was another superb result for Town as they continue to sit in second place.
LINE-UP: Powell, Riddell, Cullen, Rowe, Gardner, Denny (Lever, 90), Shipton (Slater, 70), High, Harris, Steer (Bissett, 76), Landricombe. Subs not used: Gillard, Casey.