Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill and Assistant manager Andy Rawlings were delighted with Town’s second half performance as they beat Melksham Town 2-0, to earn back-to-back wins in the Southern League Division One South.

After a tepid first half, the hosts turned up the pressure on the away side, which paid off as a Ben Steer brace saw Exmouth take complete control of the game.

Speaking shortly after the game, Kevin Hill said: “I’m delighted to get a win. Melksham are a decent side, we saw that at the beginning of the season.

At the end of the day, I’m delighted to get the three points at home, back to back wins and back to back clean sheets. 

There was a bit of wind out there, and Wrighty’s (Chris Wright) got a big kick, but first half it was just going over the halfway line, whereas second half we knew it would be a lot better.

All we had to do was press, and I keep on about it, but when we do press and put teams under pressure, we are forcing mistakes, and suddenly we are nicking it higher up the field.”

Exmouth’s improvement in their pressing saw their fortunes change in the second half, and this was something addressed by Andy Rawlings at half time.

“We were disappointed with the energy in the first half, we didn’t feel it was there.

We asked them to start pressing in the second half, and they took that in, the energy levels were up and we looked a lot sharper, we were fighting for the ball and we didn’t give them a minute’s piece.

Dean (Billingsley) coming on with his energy as well, it was all one-way traffic in the second half.”

A slow first half has been a theme in a lot of Town’s recent games, and Kevin Hill believes that his side need to play the game on their terms, as they did in the second half. 

“We seem to let other teams set the tempo, so if Melsksham wanted to turn it up and play faster, we would have played faster, if they slowed it down, we would have slowed it down.

I would rather our lads be in their faces pressing, we are good when we are like that.

In all honesty, I felt that they were a bit flat in the second half, they weren’t as busy as before.

It felt comfortable but we needed that second goal, because you have one chance or a mistake by a lad and that can happen at this level, you switch off and bang, there’s a goal.”

Exmouth now turn their attentions to Saturday, as they make the trip to the BS3 Services Stadium to take on Bristol Manor Farm, at the slightly earlier kick off time of 1pm.

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