Missed chances cost Exmouth Town, as they were beaten 2-1 by promotion chasing Frome Town at Badgers Hill, in the Southern League Division One South. 

Town took the lead through Mike Landricombe, but after a missed penalty, the hosts recovered, and goals from Kane Simpson and Marcus Day meant Exmouth left empty handed.  

The visitors started strong, with Nelson Iseguan stealing the ball from the Frome midfield, and he opted to shoot, but his effort was off target. 

Frome went up the other end and Day was unlucky not to open the scoring, as his shot squeezed past the post, and Josh Cann was on hand to turn the ball wide. 

Louis Morison almost scored a spectacular header, as a corner was cleared into the midfielder, who was on the edge of the box, but it was tipped over by Kyle Phillips. 

After 27 minutes, Town took the lead as a free kick fell into the path of Landricombe, who powered the ball into the back of the net. 

The hosts bounced back and almost equalised soon after, as a floated cross found the unmarked Simpson, but his header was wide. 

Exmouth had a great chance to go two ahead, as a cross was drilled into Tom Bath, but his close-range shot was excellently saved by Phillips. 

Town would have an even better chance just moments later, as Ben Steer was brought down, but history would repeat itself, as Morison struck the bottom of the left post. 

Chris Wright, who returned to the side, made an important save, as Day’s threatening cross was blocked out before it could reach a Frome attacker.  

Exmouth could have made it two just after the second half, as Steer was plated through by Bath, but once again Phillips was on hand to make a vital save. 

It would prove a big save as a few minutes later, Kane Simpson would pick the ball up and burst past the Town defence, and despite Wright getting a hand to it, the striker was able to find the back of the net. 

Exmouth heads didn’t drop, and they kept looking for the next goal, as Iseguan intercepted a free-kick and squared it to Morison, which was blocked, and minutes later, the midfielder would have a first-time effort go over the bar. 

Town were in the ascendancy, and should have made it two as Steer found the onrushing Landricombe, and his chipped effort was almost met by a sliding Bath. 

Frustratingly, Town would fall behind, as Frome drilled a ball across goal, and it was met by an unmarked Day, who finished from close range. 

Exmouth pushed for an equlaiser, and despite Frome’s smart time management to see out the last few moments, they could have had an equaliser, as Levi Landricombe and Morison came close to having clear chances, but it wasn’t to be for Town. 

It was a good display from Town, who deserved more than what they got, but they will look to take all the postives from this display, into a crucial game in two weeks, as they travel to Paulton Rovers. 

LINE-UP: Wright, M.Landricombe, Rowe, Gardner, Cann, Slater (Shipton, 79), Denny, Morison, Iseguan, Steer (High, 74), Bath (L.Landricombe, 81). 

SUBS NOT USED: Field, Lever 

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