MATCH REPORT: EXMOUTH TOWN 2-2 CREDITON UNITED (EXMOUTH TOWN WIN 6-5 ON PENALTIES)

Exmouth Town won their second consecutive shootout as they defeated a spirited Crediton United side in the Bayside Graphics ST Luke’s Challenge Cup.

Mark Lever and Levi Landricombe put the hosts in front, but second half goals from Aiden Whitfield and Dan Preece sent the game to penalties.

The win sees Exmouth advance to the quarter finals.

Town had the first chance of the game, as after 11 minutes, Ben Steer’s corner found Dave Rowe but his header from close range was wide of the goal.

Exmouth then hit the post, as another Ben Steer cross was met, this time but Tom Gardner’s floated header met the post.

The hosts opened the scoring after 27 minutes, Steer’s free kick was finally turned home, and it was Mark Lever who poked it past Lee Waring.

In all honesty, the first half was far from a spectacle and following on from the goal, neither side succeeded in creating anything of note for the rest of the first half.

However, just one minute after half-time, Steer brought Town forward on the break and cut inside before having his shot saved by Waring, straight into the path of Levi Landricombe who tapped in to put Town two in front.

This sparked the away side into life, as just six minutes later, Aidan Whitfield’s 20-yard strike was deflected into the bottom right corner and put themselves right back in the game.

It was all Crediton from that point on, as Ryan White cut inside and curled an effort which looked goal-bound, but as he started his celebration, the ball struck the bottom of the post and bounced clear.

Unfortunately for Town, Crediton equalised with 25 minutes to go, as an Adam Bilcock free kick was met by the foot of Dan Preece who put the ball into the top of the net.

Robbie Powell had to be called into action with 12 to go, as Exmouth failed to pick up the short-corner and Aiden Whitfield struck fiercely, but Powell got down well at his near-post to save.

Exmouth almost grabbed a winner, as Harvey Dorathy was played through on goal, but Jack Waring made himself big and made the save.

With two minutes to go, Crediton came close to a winner, as Kevin Pike forced Powell into a vital stop and White’s header went wide.

The game went to penalties, and both sides showed plenty of quality from 12 yards out, with Dave Rowe’s penalty being the pick of the bunch.

Bilcock, Pike, Sam Stapleton, Marcus Howe, and Whitfield converted for the visitors, while Jordan Harris, Ethan Slater, Rowe, Aaron Denny and Luke Bissett all scored for the hosts, putting the game at 5-5.

Dan Preece’s penalty struck the crossbar, and Harvey Dorathy sent Waring the wrong way to put Exmouth into the quarter finals.

LINE-UP: Powell, Walford (Slater, 66), Riddell, Casey, Rowe, Gardner, Denny, Lever (Dorathy, 79), High (Shipton, 79), Landricombe (Harris, 55), Steer (Bissett, 66).

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