MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON HAMWORTHY DEFEAT

Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill reflected on a frustrating afternoon at the Circle of Care Community Stadium as they lost 1-0 to Hamworthy United in the Southern League Division One South.

A goal from Will Fletcher separated the two sides, and despite the visitors going down to ten men via a second yellow card for Sam Griffin, Town failed to mount any sustained pressure on the Hammers. 

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “At the end of the day you are disappointed, with any defeat really, but it’s fine margins.

It was heavy for both sides, if I’m being honest, it’s a fair result, the boys never looked like scoring, but I just wished we would be more clinical in the final third.

They’ve had one chance, the ‘keeper’s saved it and it’s rebounded and goal, there were some half chances in the first half, some crosses coming in.

I know what we’ve lacked for the last six months, it’s just reactions to get tap-ins, I’d love to see us get a tap-in. It isn’t working for us at the minute, but the lads have been brilliant for us this year.

It was heavy, and it comes from two of our players coming together in the middle of the park, they come away with it down the wing, great cross and a great header to be fair, Robbie’s (Powell) made a fantastic save but it’s fallen straight to the guy that’s headered it in from a few yards out, we don’t seem to get that.

(Ben) Steer has put a great cross in, Ace (High) has made a great header and the ‘keeper has pulled a fantastic save off, we chucked Mike (Landricombe) up for the last ten and he had a header just wide, and at the end Harry Walford’s gone through, he’s had a ricochet, but nobody’s followed up.

The ball is there to be tapped in and we’ve just got the strikers there watching it bounce in the 18-yard box, and that’s where you get your tap-ins.

When you are going for it, you are going for it, you might as well conceded another, what’s the point of 1-0, if you get caught on the break, you get caught on the break.

If you are a striker, you’ve got to gamble, when crosses are getting whipped in, if someone miskicks it, you’ve got to put yourself where you’ve got a chance.

If you are 25 yards from goal and the ball comes in the box, and you are outside the box, you want to ask yourself why.

Even trying to lift the ball over, our final balls or even just putting the ball into certain areas, we had to be better with them, and we struggled and missed the first man a lot.

That’s when it gets ugly, that’s when it gets scrappy and that’s when we lose our shape.”

One of the seemingly big frustrations for Hill, is his side being more reactive than proactive, which can see them miss out on chances from close range. 

“When Mike comes out with the ball, when Jordan Casey comes out with the ball, you’ll see one runner come across and the rest stare at him, we’ve got to do more moving.

You need to bend your runs, have one come across, one going, one short, but it doesn’t happen.

It might be my fault, I don’t want to get on them too much but they know the game, they’ve been around for years now, and it just looks like they want to smash it up and win the seconds, but we don’t even win the firsts, let alone the seconds.

They’ve gone down to ten men, and they seemed to pick up every second ball for a spell, that’s where it just gets frustrating.”

Exmouth will be back in action this Saturday, as they welcome Lymington Town to the Circle of Care Community Stadium (3pm KO).

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