MATCH REPORT: PAULTON ROVERS 2-1 EXMOUTH TOWN
A double from Dan Restorick condemned Town to another defeat, as they were beaten 2-1 by Paulton Rovers at Winterfield Road.
Exmouth started strong, recovering from a missed penalty through Tom Bath, but two headers from corners meant that the hosts came out on top.
The visitors started well, as Nelson Iseguan burst past his man, before picking out Ben Steer, who was subsequently chopped down by a Paulton defender to earn a spot-kick, which saw Louis Morison’s penalty denied by Frankie Phillips.
Town did not let that get them down though, as Aarron Denny intercepted the ball in the Rovers box, and squared it to Bath, who cooly slotted into the bottom corner.
The hosts would build themselves back into the game, as Ed Butcher tested Town down the left-wing before finding Martin Lenihan, but his shot was straight at Chris Wright.
Paulton had another chance through Dan Cottle, who was able to get away for his man, but he failed to test the Town goalkeeper.
Tom Gardner had to make a vital challenge to prevent a goal, which looked a penalty in the eyes of the Paulton team, and despite mass appeals, nothing was given.
They would earn a deserved goal seven minutes before the break, as a corner was met at the front post by an unmarked Restorick, and he headed into the back of the net.
Paulton would continue their momentum in the second half, as Kyle Tooze would force a chaotic goalmouth scramble which would eventually lead to a free-kick in Town’s favour.
The game lacked any sort of quality in the second 45, with both sides struggling to create anything, although the hosts were having the better of the game, exploiting the space in between Town’s midfield and defence.
There would be a half chance through Iseguan, who nutmegged his man, but couldn’t get a clear shot on goal.
Town’s last good chance came from Denny, who couldn’t quite get his volley on target.
Wright was forced into a spectacular stop in added time, as Tooze was left in plenty of space to get a shot off, and despite it heading for the top corner, Town’s veteran stopper was there to push it past the post.
Unfortunatly, it would count for nothing, as Restorick once again met a corner, and headed it past the goalkeeper, to earn his side a late winner.
It was a tough defeat for Town, who now find themselves further adrift at the bottom, but they must put it behind, as they head to Evesham next weekend.
LINE-UP: Wright, Cann, M.Landricombe, Gardner, Riddell, Slater, Morison, Denny, Iseguan, Steer, Bath (High, 73).
SUBS NOT USED: Lever, Shipton, Field.