It was a tough afternoon for Exmouth Town, as league leaders Sholing ran out 4-0 winners at the Imperial Homes Stadium.

Three superb strikes from Marvin Robinson, Bradley Targett and Jake Cope, as well as a Daniel Mason penalty saw Town defeated, in a game that the hosts controlled from start to finish.

The first big chance came after seven minutes, as TJ Robertson’s cross found the head of Daniel Mason, but his header from point-blank range was saved brilliantly by Robbie Powell.

Sholing rattled the bar just a minute later, as Bradley Targett’s ball fell into the path of Jake Cope, but his effort hit the woodwork, and a follow-up header was smothered by Powell.

Powell continued his fantastic start to the game, as Dan Cullen misjudged a cross, providing Mason an opportunity to score, but once again the Exmouth ‘keeper would deny the striker by getting down well and parrying his powerful effort.

Exmouth threatened with some shots from range but failed to test Ryan Gosney in the Boatmen’s goal.

Sholing opened the scoring after 23 minutes with a magnificent effort, as a corner was cleared into the path of Wayne Robinson, who took control of the ball and volleyed into the top right corner from 30-yards out.

Ten minutes later, the league leaders had another, as Harry Walford brought down a Sholing attacker, and Byron Mason converted from the spot, sending Powell the wrong way.

Two minutes after the break, Powell had to step up again, as Lee Wort found himself free in the box but his curling effort was well saved by the Town shot-stopper.

Bradley Targett compounded the visitor’s misery after 58 minutes, as he took on the Exmouth defence, before slotting home into the bottom corner, in a superb solo effort.

Robinson had two chances to get his second, his first being excellently denied by Powell, and his second going wide of the goal.

With 73 minutes gone, Sholing added a fourth, as Jake Cope let fly from 25 yards out, and found the back of the net.

Town almost had one back, as with 12 minutes to go, Levi Landricombe played in Ben Steer, but his shot was over.

It was one of those days for the visitors where nothing went to plan, but they will have the chance to bounce back as they welcome Crediton United to the Circle of Care Community Stadium on the 9th of November, in the ST Luke’s Devon Bowl.

LINE-UP: Powell, Richards, Riddell (Walford, 22), Lever, Rowe, Cullen, Slater (Steer, 64), Shipton, High (Bissett, 64), Harris, Landricombe. Subs not used: Casey, Gillard.

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