Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was proud of his side’s second half performance despite falling to a 2-0 defeat at Bristol Manor Farm. 

Two goals from Owen Howe sealed Exmouth’s fate, but the visitors were unlucky to come away from the BS3 Services Stadium without at least a point, as Bristol Manor Farm dug in and got themselves the win.

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “Any defeat you are disappointed with, but I’ll give credit to them, I thought Manor Farm were in a false position.

Did I feel we deserved something out of the game after the second half? Definitely.

We were having chances, their ‘keeper was man of the match for a reason, he pulled some excellent saves off.

If you lose you are disappointed, but I’m not really, the lads gave everything in the second half, they’ve only got the second on the break away, instead of losing 1-0 you’ve got to go for it. 

It took again a decision to rile us up, ten minutes until the end of the half and you saw the change of tempo from the lads.

I wish I could tell you why but it’s just the nature of the beast, it’s the way they are.

In the next game, I hope a decision goes against us in the first five minutes!

They worked their socks off in the second half, in the conditions today it was frosty, bobbly for both sides, you can’t really play football like that.

They got the goal, the lad following up from the rebound, reacting first, that’s what goal scorers do, he reacts and gambles and gets the goal.

The second is a penalty, but other than that if we get a goal 20 minutes from time instead of their ‘keeper pulling off excellent saves then I could see there being only one winner, that would be us.

But credit to Manor Farm, they defended well, they dug in and fair play to them, they’ve been on a sticky patch and all they needed was that win.

Exmouth dominated large parts of the second half, and although they could not find the back of the net, Hill believes his side has plenty of positives to take into next weekend’s game against Hamworthy United. 

“I look at it as a manager and my points hopefully come at home, anything on the road is a bonus, if we had got a point today, I’d be delighted, if we got three I’d be ecstatic.

Obviously, we’ve come away with nothing and I am a bit gutted, but I can take a lot of pride from the second half.

It’s not pretty football, you saw how frozen it was and they defended well, but we keep probing, hoping that half-chance would come.

They were blocking, the ‘keeper was saving, I just don’t know how it didn’t go in but it’s horses for courses, we’ve been lucky in games this year.”

Exmouth Town will be looking to bounce back in their final home game of 2022, as they take on Hamworthy United on the 17th of December at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.

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