Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted with his side’s mentality, as they battled to a much-needed 1-0 win against promotion chasing Tavistock AFC.

An first-half Ed Harrison own goal made all the difference, in a game where Town showed great resilience, limiting a strong Tavistock side to only a few chances,

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “I feel relieved.

Honestly, I feel like crying.

We’ve been on a slippery slope and we are still not 100% safe, but you just want to get that barrier, that next win, and we’ve done it.

I thought we were excellent last week against Bishops Cleeve, and the two goals, and today it was going to be a battle, a scrap, it always is against Tavistock,” Hill stated. 

“They were up there in the league, and their fans would have thought they would have a good chance coming to us, as we’d lost the last two at home, where we’ve always been quite strong.

To put a performance in like that, obviously we missed a penalty as well, but I’ll just take the result.

That’s the Exmouth I knew.

Last week, you could just see that it was there, we had a bit of tempo, a bit of urgency, chasing down and working hard, that’s been missing for two/three months.

Suddenly, we had a talk and it’s a great bunch of lads, and the last two games they’ve worked their socks off.

Today, we had Mikey (Landricombe), James (Richards) in there, Callum (Shipton) running his legs off, the boys at the back, (Aarron) Denny being up top holding it, Ben (Steer) joining in, Ace (High) joining in, being solid at the back.

Even Chris Wright came in to help me today, he plays here and there but he just loves playing,

I’ve got boys like that and it’s brilliant.”

Exmouth now have two games in three days, as they travel to Bashley next Saturday, and welcome Bideford to the Circle of Care Community Stadium on Monday.

With some absences on the horizon, Hill knows he will have to change the starting 11, in order to keep things fresh within the fixture congestion.

“We go to Bashley on Saturday, and have Bideford at home on Monday, things change and I know I’ve got a few missing next week.

This is why some have missed today, as there were not fully fit and they will come back in and play next week.

We’ve got Ethan (Slater) back today, Dan (Cullen) back from his hamstring, so I didn’t want to chuck Dan into it and risk anything.

I wanted to get Tom (Gardner) through, he’s missing next week so those other boys will go straight in.”


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