MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON LARKHALL WIN

Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted with his team’s resilience as they battled to a win 1-0 against Larkhall Athletic in the Southern League Division One South.

It was an Ace High header that made the difference in a close affair, with both sides having plenty of chances in tough conditions. 

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “I’m delighted, especially in those conditions.

We’ve been on a run, especially away from home where we’ve not been at it.

That little wind in the first half, it was hard for the boys to get out, but we planned for that.

We wanted to kick up and get in the game, I set us up defensively for the first half, to see it out and I didn’t mind us coming in at 0-0.

Then second half, we pressed a lot higher, we were in their faces from the first whistle and they made one or two mistakes trying to knock it around the back, and next thing we know, we are getting in pockets again.

We get the goal, great header from Ace (High), Ben (Steer) should have had one before but that’s football.

You come away from home, in conditions like this, having not been ourselves over the last month, especially on the road but we have played a lot of top sides.

These (Larkhall) won last week against Bishops Cleeve, who beat us.

I said it to the lads, when we thought we should have had a penalty and how it riled us up again, don’t ask me how we don’t do that from the start, I ask for that tempo from the start.

I know my lads, they are good lads and they are finding it tough in this league because everyone is good, and everybody is beating everybody at the moment.

I look at getting to that 40 point mark, and hopefully then we will be safe.

Larkhall piled on the pressure in the last 15 minutes, desperate for an equaliser, but Hill was happy with how his defensive unit stood firm. 

“To be honest, I thought we were going to get a second but that’s football.

We seemed to drop off a bit towards the end, invited them back on, so I’ve tried to bring some fresh legs on, and we held on somehow.

Wrighty’s (Chris Wright) kicking in these sorts of conditions gets us up and down the field.

His handling was great today, but I’ll also give credit to the back four.

Tom (Gardner) and Rowey (Dave Rowe) were excellent today in the centre of defence, winning headers, talking, keeping us going.

Dan Cullen and Karl Riddell, they are both centre-backs, not full-backs and fair play to them, I asked them to play there and do a job and they did that.”

Exmouth will look to secure back-to-back wins this Saturday, as they welcome Melksham to the Circle of Care Community Stadium, at an earlier kick off time in 12:30pm.

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