MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON WILLAND DRAW
Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill reflected on his side’s 3-3 Southern League Division One South draw with Willand Rovers, at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.
Town went behind in the first half, but an own goal from just before the break put them level, before goals from Jordan Harris and Harry Walford had Exmouth in the lead, but a Josh Baker goal gave the visitors a way back into the game.
Unfortunately, Willand kept battling and their efforts were rewarded as they won a penalty with just seconds to go, and that was converted by Douglas Camilo.
Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “Obviously you are disappointed, when you are 3-1 up with 20 minutes to go, especially at home you expect to see it out, but it’s football.
(Dave) Rowey’s slip gives them an impetus back in, that happens, mistakes come in and then they’ve scored a penalty in the last kick of the game.
It is hard, but I’ll be totally honest, over the 90 minutes a draw was a fair result for both teams.
You look at how slow we were, we looked lethargic in the first half.
We have to be a pressing side, we have to be in their faces but we were just going through the motions, we didn’t look like scoring first half.
They were controlling the game, whatever tempo they wanted to play we were matching, instead of us taking it to them.
Come out second half, especially after we got that goal, we were pressing a lot higher, in their faces, scored the second and a few more chances, and they stopped getting their chances.
We got the third, then you think to see it out for the next five/ten minutes, then the games dies a little bit, but of course the mistake happens and it’s 3-2.
Like with anything in football, you don’t mean to sit back, but you end up getting it and they’ve got a penalty in the 96th minute.”
Despite the late comeback, it was important for Hill to keep his perspective on how far the club has come in recent years.
“I’m honest, I look at it as they haven’t gained any points on us, I look at what we need for safety and go from there and enjoy it.
“It’s our first season here and we are finding it tough, anyone can beat anyone, there’s a lot of injuries, people missing, and you are changing it all the time.
When we go 3-1 up, I’m thinking if we can hold on to this, brilliant, but if we don’t then so be it.”
Exmouth will next be in action this Saturday, as they take on Paulton Rovers at the First 4 Pools Stadium.