A George Box brace condemned Exmouth Town to defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Bishops Cleeve in the Southern League One Division South.

Box opened the scoring after 16 minutes, before Levi Landricombe levelled up proceedings just before the break.

However, Box got his second goal and the winner to send Bishops Cleeve home with all three points.

The visitors started the game well, as some good link-up play between Isaac Pearce and Blaine Waugh forced Christopher Wright to tip the ball over the bar.

After seven minutes, Bishop’s Cleeve almost had an opener, but Dave Rowe got across well to prevent a clear chance for Kia Newman.

The Mitres made their pressure count after 16 minutes as a well worked free kick was played into the path of George Box who headed home from close range.

Exmouth almost equalised just four minutes later, as Jordan Harris tested Lewis Clayton with a spectacular free kick from 35 yards, but the ‘keeper did well to save.

Clayton was called into action again with 15 minutes until the break as Max Gillard set up Harris but his shot was brilliantly saved by the Mitres goalkeeper.

Town capitalised on their spell of dominance with a superb counterattack, as Harris won the ball on the halfway line, slotted in Ace High who squared it into Levi Landricombe who finished from close range.

Bishops Cleeve almost opened the scoring straight away in the second half as Jack Watts created some space for himself and curled it wide.

The second half was not an eventful one, as both teams struggled to create any form of attack without it being halted by either defence.

George Box fired in the winner with 19 minutes to go, as the ball was squared across the goal and Box got ahead of his man and slotted home from close range.

Josh Bissett sparked some life into the game after his arrival, as he ran at the Bishops Cleeve defence but his curling effort bounced wide of the visitors goal.

Town pushed for an equaliser but struggled to create anything of substance, as The Mitres managed the game well and kept the hosts attack at an arm’s length throughout the last ten minutes.

Exmouth will have the chance to bounce back from this defeat quickly, as they travel to Tavistock on Wednesday.

LINE-UP: Wright, Gillard (Richards, 84), Riddell, Lever (Shipton, 69), Rowe, Gardner, Denny, High, Harris, Steer (Bissett, 69), Landricombe. Subs not used: Slater, Walford.

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