MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON MELKSHAM DEFEAT

Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill reflected on his side’s 2-0 defeat against Melksham Town at Oakfield Stadium.

Two second half set-pieces were the difference, as Ben Brooks and Dion Molyneux condemned Town to their first Southern League Division One South defeat of the season.

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “A little bit disappointed, not too down as we have a game Monday, but because I thought we were really good in the first half an hour.

We set little traps for them, nicked the ball at the right times, but it’s just about clinical finishing, the ‘keeper has pulled off a couple of good saves, but if we score in those moments, it’s a different game.

In the last ten minutes of the first half you could see it creeping in, we stopped doing what we were doing right, and then took that into the second half and went back to our bad habits and lost 2-0.  

We looked good in the shape, first half of the game was a fantastic away performance, and as an away manager, I felt comfortable.

I know what we are like, we are not clinical, we don’t finish teams off when given chances, but the lads put the effort in and that’s all you can ask.

Second half, we weren’t at the races, a free header from a corner, people not marking, just gave them a goal.

Second one was another set piece, but we’ll score from a set piece one day.

There were positives from today, defensively I thought we were ok, Shanks (Tom Gardner), (Dave) Rowey, Mike (Landricombe), through the middle and the sides, winning the headers and picking seconds up, in the first half, all honest truth we were quite comfortable, blocking the balls in, Ethan (Slater), Cal (Shipton) keeping organised, (Aarron) Denny getting onto it, but in the second half that went away.

No shape, no press, but that is us to a tee, we need to learn to show composure when it gets messy on the field and get a hold of the game.”

Exmouth will have the chance to get their first league win this Bank Holiday Monday as they take on Bideford at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.

“Any game at home you are feeling confident, it depends on how the lads respond to today, if they get their heads down and feel sorry for themselves, or they get back on the coach and have a beer, they’ll know if they worked hard in the second half.

Sparky (Mark Lever) will play Monday, Brad (Cox) and Ace (High) will be coming back, so some fresh legs for us.

The lads can’t moan if they get left out on Monday.”

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