MATCH REPORT: EXMOUTH TOWN 1-4 WIMBORNE TOWN
Exmouth Town were well-beaten by league leaders Wimborne Town at the Circle of Care Community Stadium, as they were defeated 4-1.
A slow start set the pace for the game, with Town going two behind, before an Aarron Denny strike allowed the hosts to believe, but goals from Jack Lovell and Lewis Beale meant it was a comfortable win for the Magpies.
It took five minutes for the top Southern League Division One South side to show their quality, as they cut open the Town defence which some quick passes, which was finished by Lovell.
The visitors continued to dominate as Exmouth could not find a rhythm in the game, having set up to frustrate Wimborne.
A Karl Riddell block prevented it from being two after 16 minutes, but it was only a brief reprieve as they would find themselves two down after Harry Morgan fired home.
Town started to build themselves into the game, perhaps playing into a growing complacency in their opponents, and they were to be rewarded as Ethan Slater cut out a pass at the back, and Denny’s low effort creeped past Ross Flitney to cut the lead down to one.
Wimborne would wake up from that, and if it was not for a superb block from Tom Gardner, they would have found themselves 3-1 down, but they were able to go into half time with something to push towards.
Unfortunately, the visitors came out of the blocks flying, and Town would be punished for another lax start, with Lovell getting his second.
The game would fall into the same pattern as it had in the first half, with the Magpies more than happy to keep possession but not really creating anything of note.
Town could not get a hold of the ball, not venturing to far into the Wimborne half before being tackled or having a pass cut out, which lead to a rather monotonous end to the game.
Having had two attempts on goal prior to the last minute, Beale got the goal he desired with a superb strike in the dying moments of the game.
Town are next in action on Saturday 13th, as they play Tavistock in what is sure to be a highly competitive fixture.
LINE-UP: Wright, Cann, Landricombe, Gardner, Riddell, Lever (Steer, 55), Shipton (Field, 76), Slater, Denny, High (Bath, 55), Iseguan.
SUBS NOT USED: Sowden-Bird (GK), Rowe