MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON EVESHAM DEFEAT

Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill gave his thoughts following his side’s 2-0 Southern League Division One South defeat against Evesham United at the Spiers & Hartwell Stadium.

Two first half goals from Jordan Lymn were enough to beat a battling Town side, who weren’t able to break down a resolute Evesham defence.

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “I’m disappointed, I thought the lads gave it a go.

We could have been 1-0 up in the first minute, Jordan (Harris) through, ‘keeper’s made a save, then they break down the other end, goalkeeper’s kick, one flick-on header, he’s through on goal, squares it and goal.

That’s very avoidable again.

If you look at both their goals, it’s mistakes from us but other than that we knuckled down.

We could have given up and they would have blown us away but they boys stuck in, they put a foot in. The conditions weren’t great, the frost wasn’t bad, the fog came in second half and you couldn’t see who was what.

This is why we are at this level because they switch off, all of it off one ‘keepers kick, too high of a line, runner goes in, goal.

From potentially being one up, to being one down.

The lads were looking at each other like ‘what happened’, but those are the moments you still have to be switched on.

I said at half time, if you look at us in the last 3/4/5 games, all the goals we are conceding nine out of 10 times will be mistakes, somewhere in the build-up there will be a mistake.

For years we prayed on teams making mistakes, now they are doing it to us.

We are giving the ball away, we’ve got control of the ball, lost it by a stray pass, a bad touch when it could be helped on and suddenly they nick it back and goal, and we used to be that team.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a hard place to come, but we will find a way, and to be fair the lads stuck in.

At least they put a bit of effort in today, a little bit of bite.”

It is no secret that Exmouth have struggled as of late, having not won since the 3rd of December, but Hill is taking the positives from Saturday, as his side showed a willingness to fight for the win.

“Every defeat hurts, but at least we gave it a go today.

Away from home at a tough place, they are a good side that deserved to win, so fair play to them, but our lads, I have questioned them over the last couple of weeks, Cal (Shipton) and that lot in the middle of the park digging in, and he got a crunching tackle in the game, and fair play, he stuck his body around, Ethan (Slater) got stuck in, so a few positive things.

Sam Haynes going off, Dan (Cullen) right-back, Karl Riddell centre-half and (Dave) Rowe all done ok in the second half, Sparky (Mark Lever) left-back, I’m trying a few things.

To be honest, coming away from home, out of all the defeats we’ve had, I take a little bit of pride in that one, just how we worked.

Maybe the quality wasn’t quite there, but we had a bit more bite and that was more us.”

Exmouth will be in action tomorrow evening, as they travel to Ladysmead to take on Tiverton Town in the ST Luke’s Devon Bowl Quarter Final. 

 

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