Kevin Hill reflected on a tricky afternoon as Exmouth Town battled to beat Lymington Town 2-0, to ensure they stay second in the Southern League Division One South.

Goals from Levi Landricombe and Mark Lever helped Town overcome a resilient home side, who were reduced to ten-men after 34 minutes after Luke Churchill was sent off.

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill stated: “I’m delighted with the win.

I know what we are like, when we come to places like this, and it wasn’t a great game with the conditions as well.

We weren’t quite at it today, I think we turned up thinking we were going to coast but I knew it wasn’t going to be like that.

They moved the ball round well, they were decent, I knew they would have (Craig) McAllister back and they would play around him and I knew it was going to be hard.

If you look at their results from this season, apart from one result at the start of the season, it’s always been close games, I’m just glad we’ve got the job done.

It was our attitude in how we apply ourselves, we needed to build the ball up and you could just see it was flat, and we had some chances to score but we never looked like scoring in that first half, we didn’t even look like putting three or four passes together.

The first goal sparked us into life, and for that last twenty minutes, we could have had five.

I brought Sparky (Mark Lever) into the team today, with some of the absences we had today and I knew how they would play with McAllister up front, so I wanted him in front of the defence and screen him, win his headers and he was my man of the match, he did what I asked of him.”

It was not a vintage Exmouth Town display, but it was another clean sheet, and while Hill was happy with the win, he was honest with how his team could improve.

“We are a quiet team, so having players like (Dave) Rowe is so important.

When I say we are a quiet team, when we have the ball and you pass it to someone and you shout things like ‘man on’, or ‘time’, we don’t always do that, it’s so important to give that information when you play the ball.

It’s what we are at the moment, it will come, and I can’t knock the lads at the moment, we’ve had a great start to the season, and at the end of the day it’s another clean sheet, another win and knowing what we can be like, I’m just glad to get this over the line.

We have done that for the last three/four years, we can play really well and make it work against top sides, then there will be other times where we haven’t done so well and we have had to grind it out and get the win.”

Attention now turns to the 22nd of October as Exmouth welcome Bishops Cleeve to the Circle of Care Community Stadium.

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