MATCH REPORT: BRISTOL MANOR FARM 2-0 EXMOUTH TOWN

Two Owen Howe goals saw Exmouth Town defeated by Bristol Manor Farm at the BS3 Services Stadium, despite a strong second half performance.

Town failed to get out of the blocks for the first 45 minutes, and Howe put the hosts ahead after 18 minutes, and Manor Farm deservedly lead the game.

The visitors were much better in the second half but as they chased the game, the Portwaymen punished Exmouth on the break and earned themselves a penalty, which Howe converted.

It was an energetic start to proceedings, although their were not many chances created within the first 15 minutes, the best being a George Fowler shot, which was blocked by Town.

Three minutes later, Howe got his first of the game as Frankie Artus took aim from long range and although his shot was saved, the Manor Farm striker was in the right place at the right time to put his team in front.

There was a real lull in the game up until the 35th minute, where Chris Wright was forced into action as Jake Gosling, who was a threat all game, danced past a few Exmouth defenders before shooting from 30 yards out, but the Town shot-stopper got across to make a great save.

Exmouth finished the first half with a bit of momentum, as a possible handball was denied by the referee and from the following corner, Dave Rowe headed the ball into Ben Steer, but his shot was saved brilliantly by Ben John.

Town picked up where they left off in the second half, and four minutes after the break they had the ball in the back of the net through Ace High, but he was deemed to be offside.

Despite two goals from Owen Howe, Bristol Manor Farm goalkeeper Ben John was given man of the match, which showed how good his performance was in keeping his side in front.

His best work came after 62 minutes, where he first denied High from close range, before recovering and tipping a looping effort away from goal.

Exmouth almost equalised on the break, as Shipton intercepted a corner at the near post and played a long ball into Ben Steer, who cut inside and fired a shot which was saved by John.

Manor Farm dug in and prevented Exmouth from having any real chances throughout the last ten minutes and became a real threat on the break as the visitors tried their upmost to equalise.

They sent an initial warning sign as Jake Gosling played through Marcus Day, who fired his effort just wide of the mark.

Unfortunately for Town, they were caught on the break again, and this time Day was brought down by Karl Riddell, and the following penalty was converted by Owen Howe.

It was a tough defeat for Town, who will look to bounce back as they welcome Hamworthy United to the Circle of Care Community Stadium on the 17th of December.

LINE-UP: Wright, Walford (Bissett, 75), Riddell, Lever, Rowe, Cullen, Denny, Shipton, High, Slater (Billingsley, 75), Steer. Subs not used: Haynes, Hill.

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