MATCH REPORT: CINDERFORD TOWN 1-1 EXMOUTH TOWN
Exmouth Town battled to a 1-1 draw against Cinderford Town at the Causeway Ground, in an exciting Southern League Division One South encounter.
Jordan Harris opened the scoring for the visitors after seven minutes, but Michael Symons equalised after 25 minutes with a towering header.
Town could have got all three points as Jordan Harris was brought down by Ellis Parker, but the goalkeeper went from zero to hero in Cinderford’s eyes, as he saved Harris’ penalty to ensure that the game finished level.
It was the visitors who started the game brighter, as Ace High flicked the ball on from a throw-in, straight into the path of Jordan Harris, who picked out an unmarked Ben Steer, but his effort was saved by Ellis Parker and Aarron Denny was unable to convert the rebound.
Exmouth would not have to wait much longer to go in front, as Jordan Harris got his fourth goal in two games, as Denny glided past two defenders and played the ball to High, who’s cross was met by a diving header from the Exmouth striker, which flew past Parker.
Cinderford grew into the first half as it went on, but for the most part, Exmouth were holding firm, heading clear when required and getting a foot in when necessary.
However, the hosts did find an equaliser with 25 minutes gone, as a cross was met by Michael Symons, who rose highest to head the ball past Robbie Powell.
Town should have gone back in front just moments later, as Denny intercepted a loose backpass, but he opted to slide the ball to Ben Steer, which allowed the Cinderford defence to recover and block the shot.
Despite facing plenty of Cinderford pressure, it was Exmouth who were creating the chances, and Aarron Denny, who was the best player on the pitch in the first half, played through Ace High, but he got his effort all wrong and it rolled into the arms of Parker.
Cinderford came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, and if it wasn’t for a last-ditch Tom Gardner challenge, would have found themselves in front as Felix Miles looked to have the goal at his mercy, but the defender prevented teh winger from even getting a shot off.
Ben Steer had a chance to put Town in front after 57 minutes, as he sprung onto the end of a Cinderford header, but his low effort was well saved by the feet of Ellis Parker.
The hosts looked dangerous out wide, and this was proven by Harry Emmett, who twisted and turned through the Exmouth town defence, but his finish was lacking and he missed the target.
Exmouth had another chance to go in front after 61 minutes, as a cross came in from the right-hand side, but Ace High’s shot was saved by Parker, and despite being first to the ball Callum Shipton’s shot was straight at the goalkeeper.
Town had an even better chance just two minutes later, as Denny was played through on goal but was brought down by an onrushing Parker, to give the visitors a chance to lead from 12 yards out.
Unfortunately for Harris, Parker guessed his penalty correctly, and he got down well to stop Harris from getting his second.
Cinderford would often find themselves in space outside the box, but would fall to the temptation of shooting from range instead of looking for an option, meaning they couldn’t take full advantage of their pressure.
Ellis Parker was having a fantastic game for the hosts, and this continued as Aarron Denny turned past a Cinderford defender but the goalkeeper was at full-stretch to stop Town midfielder scoring a deserved goal.
Cinderford pushed for a winner in the last ten minutes, often bypassing the Exmouth midfield to play out wide, but they couldn’t find the target with any of their attempts.
Harry Emmett had a superb chance to send Town home with nothing, but despite cutting inside and getting a shot off past Robbie Powell, his shot bounced off the post and went wide.
LINE-UP: Powell, Walford, Lever, Richards, Rowe, Gardner, Denny, Shipton, High (Casey, 87), Harris, Steer. Subs not used: Billingsley, Slater, Riddell.