MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL POST WIMBORNE

Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted with his side’s penalty shootout win against Wimborne Town in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round.

Town found themselves 3-1 down with five minutes to go, with a Jordan Harris penalty giving Town a glimmer of hope, before Bradley Cox and Ben Steer levelled the game up to take it to spot-kicks. 

Exmouth were perfect from the spot, with Harvey Field converting Town’s final penalty to win 5-3, and secure a trip to Kidlington in the Second Qualifying Round.

“I’m delighted, we haven’t had great cup runs in the last couple of years, and especially coming up against Wimborne who are the favourites for the league.

We set up differently today to nullify their number 10s, but when they went down to ten men, I didn’t need that extra man at the back, so we had a go and to go 2-0 down was a sucker punch.

I said to the lads, if we work harder then them we have a chance, they’ll move the ball around well but as long as we keep our shape, and even in the first half with the possession they had, we had more chances.

With the extra man, I was always going to bring Ben (Steer) on and leave him out wide, and that’s what I wanted him to do as we had nothing to lose, and I thought he was excelllent.

We don’t practice (penalties), only two people offered to take penalties, James Richards and Jordan Harris, but even if we had lost on penalties I would have been proud of the performance. 

To be fair to Josh (Cann), he’s getting himself back fit but mentally and game wise, if I can get a friendly or two in then he may come back into it, but he hasn’t played any football for a year, he’s getting married so he’ll miss the two games after Willand, but he’ll be back in the fray after that.”

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