MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON BASHLEY WIN

Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted with his side’s second half performance as Exmouth Town came back from 2-1 down to beat Bashley 3-2 to halt a four game losing run. 

After going ahead after 50 seconds through Aarron Denny, Bashley took control of the first half and went into the break 2-1 up, with Jack Lovell getting a brace for the visitors. 

However, the second half was a different story, as Town battled back to come out on top, with goals from Jordan Harris and Levi Landricombe earning Exmouth a much-needed three points. 

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said:

“I feel relieved to be honest.

We’ve lost four on the trot and you can get that sinking feeling no matter what we do and I’ve been honest and critical with the lads.

We haven’t been great, but I felt that last week was a turning curve, especially in the second half and I wanted that today.

We got it in the second half, but again it’s taken a decision to rile us up.

I was honest with the lads, we went in at half time 2-1 down, after going up 1-0, I changed the formation but if we didn’t get our act together we would end up losing 4/5-1.

We are a side that has to be at it, we’ve come up the lower leagues together, we aren’t as good at knocking the ball around as other teams, we don’t say we are but we do what we are good at.

Their passing and movement in the first half was excellent, and I had to find a way in the second half to try and stop that.

You can see why they have won four or five on the trot, they caused us all sorts of problems.

It comes down to us, we are usually a nice side, the referee’s decision riled us up.

We forced them into mistakes in the second half, forced them into decisions they didn’t want to make, rather then drop off.

Credit to the lads, they stuck at it and fully deserved something from that second half performance.”

Despite the fantastic start, it was a poor first half from Exmouth, who struggled to deal with Bashley’s attacking play, but Hill believes that he and his team made, helped them back into the game. 

“Where we have come from over the past four years, we have to be in their faces, we aren’t world beaters, we aren’t going to be a side to string 20 passes together, we know what we are.

We got in their faces in the second half, we were sat off them in the first half, little pressing, we are a very quiet side usually, so we would let things go by, runners go past and nobody would say anything, he’ll come off the centre half into the midfield and nobody will say anything.

We have got to be better at that, we’ve been together long enough but we are a quiet side.

But once everybody got their heads up in the second half, I wanted them to press higher, and I changed it to a 4-4-2, but I wanted them to press.

When one goes, everyone goes, we were doing it in the first half where one or two would go and then we’d stop.

The second half, once the first man went to the trigger, four or five of us went at the same time with a holding midfielder at the base.

We were nicking it, even if it missed the first or second, on a pitch where it’s a little bit bobbly, we nick it, play it through, goal.”

Exmouth will look to build on this victory as they travel to Wimborne tomorrow evening (7:30pm KO) in the Southern League Division One South. 

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