Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted to get back to winning ways, as his side beat Crediton United on penalties after drawing 2-2 in normal time, to advance to the next round of the Bayside Graphics ST Luke’s Challenge Cup.

Goals from Mark Lever and Levi Landricombe saw Town go two in front, but a second half fightback from a resilient Crediton side took the game to spot-kicks, where Exmouth scored all their penalties to win 6-5. 

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “Glad to get through. We’ve been on a bit of a blip at the moment, so it’s nice to get back to winning ways.

Crediton have had a great start, and to be fair this is a really important game to them, they’ve got nothing to lose, we are expected to win.

I made a few little changes, and I set up in a totally different formation, 3-5-2, which we haven’t played this year.

I just thought that we’d had a few losses recently, and with a few missing like Dan (Cullen), Max (Gillard), Jordan Harris didn’t start as he’s not here Saturday, so I wanted to look at Ben (Steer) up front.

Fair play to Crediton, they had (Dan) Preece and Adam (Bilcock) who used to be with us.

When it went 2-0, people probably thought game over, and we got a bit complacent, as it has been lately.

I think their player ran 20 yards before anyone closed them down before they scored, that tells me that they are thinking ‘it’s 2-0, I don’t have to do it’.

They get their tails up at 2-1, to be fair to them, they huffed and puffed, and they deserved the goal in the end.

It’s all about getting over the line after stuttering in the last three games, we go away with a winning feeling going into Frome. 

Penalties is a lottery, and fair play to the young lads that stepped up to take them, and they were all good penalties.”

Exmouth will be looking to snap their league losing streak on Saturday, as they travel to Frome Town, and Hill believed that making a tactical switch would help him and his side rediscover what makes Town play at their best.

“I didn’t want to go back to the usual shape, I wanted them to think a bit and be bold, because we’ve been a bit static recently.

I just wanted to tinker things, we hadn’t won in our last three and if I’m being honest, we haven’t played well in the last month, and we’ve gone away from doing what Exmouth have been good at for years.

We got up by pressing, being sharp in the final third, and sometimes you’ve got to know when to put the ball in the corners, and we got up by doing that.

We aren’t the best at passing out from the back with the personnel we’ve got, but they are good at defending but suddenly, we think we can knock it round left, right and centre.”

We need to play to our strengths, we seem to get caught playing out from the back, and that’s what we used to do to teams and that’s what’s happened to us.”

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