MATCH REPORT: EXMOUTH TOWN 2-3 BRISTOL MANOR FARM
Two goals from Nelson Iseguan were not enough for Exmouth Town as they were beaten 3-2 by Bristol Manor Farm, at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.
It was an Evander Grubb brace and Jayden Nielsen goal that extends Town’s wait for a home Southern League Division One South win this season.
It was a wet afternoon in Exmouth, with the rain pouring down throughout the game, and this led to a very even start, with both teams getting a feel for the affected surface.
Exmouth struck first and it was home debutant Louis Morison who picked out his fellow new arrival Iseguan, and he was able to coolly slot past Sethan Locke.
From the goal, the visitors took control of the game, bypassing the Town midfield with quick passing and seemingly getting to most second balls.
This almost paid dividends as Grubb went through on goal, and looked to have scored, until Dave Rowe heroically chased the ball down and turned it out of play.
Nielsen was next up to have a go on goal, and his skidding effort made for an awkward save from Sowden-Bird, but one the young shot-stopper made nonetheless.
Town had an opportunity to add to their lead, as Ben Steer’s corner was flicked on by Ace High, but Iseguan couldn’t quite divert the ball on target.
Just before the 30 minute mark, the visitors levelled the game up, with Nielsen and Grubb linking up brilliantly, and the latter poked the ball past Sowden-Bird.
Manor Farm continued their momentum and the goalkeeper was able to keep the game level, after Robbins tested him, and another attack led to more saves being made.
George Kellow had the last real chance of the half, as he glided past the Town defence before once again forcing a great save out of Sowden-Bird.
Levi Landricombe had the first chance of the second 45, as he took down Josh Cann’s cross, and shot at goal, but Locke was equal to it.
Just moments later, the visitors went in front as Nielsen took on his man and fired from the edge of the box, and into the back of the net.
With half an hour to go, Exmouth responded in the right way when Ben Steer burst through on goal, and as it looked like his shot was going wide, Iseguan chased the ball down and tapped it in from close range.
Unfortunately for Town, it was Manor Farm that took the deciding chance, as they lost possession on the edge of the box, and Grubb was on hand to direct the ball into the top right corner, leaving Sowden-Bird with no chance.
The goalkeeper was once again called into action after a curling effort from Rhys Thomas.
Exmouth had a potential penalty shout, when Morison was brought down in the box, but the referee opted against awarding a spot-kick.
Morison would have Town’s last chance of the game, as he curled a shot towards goal from around 20 yards out, but Locke made a superb save to deny him.
Sowden-Bird, who despite conceding three was excellent throughout the game, made one last save as Grubb raced through on the counter attack looking for his hat-trick, but the goalkeeper was out to meet him and stop his shot heading in.
It was a much improved performance from Town, who will look to take the positives into next weekend’s game away at Bashley.
LINE-UP: Sowden-Bird, Cann, M.Landricombe (Gardner, 54), Rowe, High (Slater, 79), Shipton (Bath, 55), Morison, Denny, Steer, Iseguan, L.Landricombe.
Subs not used: Lever, Field.