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Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted with his side’s fast start, as they earned their first Southern League Division One South win of 2023, with a resounding 5-0 victory against Frome Town. 

Ace High opened the scoring, before Jordan Harris scored from the penalty spot to send Town two to the good heading into the break.

Harris was not satisfied with just the penalty, and added a third following a superb pass from Aarron Denny, and he secured his hat-trick with 12 minutes to go.

Denny turned from provider to goal scorer as he wrapped up a successful afternoon, and added a fifth with ten minutes left, as he broke the offside trap and coolly slotted past the Frome goalkeeper.

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill stated: “Happy with the win, we just needed that.

Delighted for the players as it gives them a lift.

It was nice for Jordan (Harris) to get the hat-trick, I did challenge him at half-time to score from open play and the six-yard-box, and to be fair he done it.

That was more like us, Ace (High) scoring, (Aarron) Denny scoring, all round it was all that I ask for from the boys, it’s easy to say that when you win but even when the subs came on, they kept trying, they kept pressing, they kept going, playing the right balls in the right areas, playing the conditions and I thought we were excellent today.”

Exmouth have not always been the quickest starters, often falling flat in the first 45 minutes, which is something that has frustrated Hill in previous games, so naturally he was happy with his side’s opening half. 

“It sets the tempo, a nice fast start and everyone was in there.

You can see the difference, instead of letting them dictate the game, it was nice that we took it to them from the start.

We looked like we were how we was earlier in the season, we have lost a little bit of confidence recently, but a win like that will do us a world of good, especially at home as I’ve always said, we have been quite strong at home.

When we lose at home, like the Larkhall game, that especially hurts because we haven’t lost three or four nil in a long while, so it’s nice to get back to winning ways.”

There was some bad news, as both Sam Haynes and Dan Cullen came off with injuries during the game, and Hill gave us an update on their condition.

“With Sam Haynes, I hope it wasn’t too bad given that he was out for three years before, he said that he felt that something had twisted, so hopefully it’s not too bad.

Dan Cullen’s hamstring went so that’s more than likely going to be 4-6 weeks, possibly even longer so that is frustrating to have more injuries.”

Exmouth will hope to use this win and build on that as they travel to the Causeway Ground to take on Cinderford Town next Saturday (04/02/23). 


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