MATCH REPORT: LARKHALL ATHLETIC 0-1 EXMOUTH TOWN

An Ace High header made all the difference as Exmouth Town battled to a 1-0 win against Larkhall Athletic in the Southern League Division One South.

Town had to dig deep and defended excellently to prevent the hosts from getting a goal, as they poured on the pressure during the last ten minutes.

Larkhall started the better, and in truth, dominated the first 45 minutes as Exmouth struggled to get a hold of the game, especially in the midfield.

Ten minutes into proceedings, Bradley Norris took on three Exmouth defenders, but as he was about to shoot, Tom Gardner slid in and prevented Norris from shooting.

Jordan Williams caused Town problems down the left wing throughout the first half, and his cross was met by Jack Camm, who headed wide.

Larkhall struck the post after 22 minutes, as Cian Carty McManus curled an effort from the edge of the box, which looped onto the left post.

In of their few attacks in the first half, Town could and maybe should have had a penalty, as Aarron Denny was kicked in the box, but the referee opted not to give a spot-kick.

This galvanised Exmouth to finish the half strongly, as Ethan Slater pressed brilliantly to rob the ball from a Larkhall midfielder, but his shot was over.

Town continued to up the tempo as the second half kicked off, as just two minutes after the break, as Denny played in Ace High, and he found Ben Steer, who’s initial shot was saved superbly by Alfie Kelsey and his follow-up effort was headed wide for a corner.

Exmouth broke the deadlock after 50 minutes, as an Aarron Denny corner found Ace High, who leapt the highest to head the ball home.

Denny almost turned goal scorer as he took a fierce effort from range, but it was just over the bar.

Town continued to have the better chances going into the last twenty minutes, as Denny was sent through on goal, but as he rounded Kelsey, his touch was too heavy and allowed Larkhall to recover and force him wide.

Kelsey proved to be the hero for Larkhall just two minutes later, as the ball fell to Jordan Harris, but his two shots were both denied at the near post by the goalkeeper.

Larkhall piled on the pressure with ten minutes to go, and were so close to an equaliser, as Norris drove down the wing and drilled the ball across goal, but no Larks player was there to convert.

The home side had one more big chance to level the game, as Chris Wright made a big save to deny a Larkhall effort, which was followed by a huge goalmouth scramble, and despite a loud penalty shout from the home bench, Town came away unscathed.

LINE UP: Wright, Cullen, Riddell, Lever, Rowe, Gardner, Denny, Slater (Walford, 90), High, Harris (Billingsley, 85), Steer (Bissett, 88). Subs not used: Powell.

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