MATCH REPORT: EXMOUTH TOWN 1-2 YATE TOWN
Two first half goals from Joe Guest and Nick McCootie saw Town defeated 2-1 at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.
Levi Landricombe pulled a goal back in the last minute, but Town can have no complaints, as Yate controlled the majority of the game and deserved all three points.
The away side started the stronger, putting Town under early pressure which forced the hosts into two early ground-clearing recoveries.
Exmouth could and possibly should have had a penalty after 12 minutes, as Mike Landricombe’s shot was alleged to have been palmed away by McCootie, but the referee denied all allegations.
Efforts from Morison were the main source of Town’s shots in the first half, having two long range attempts go over the bar.
Yate would open the scoring just after the 26th minute, as James Byrne’s cross was parried away by Andrew Sowden-Bird, and into the path of Guest, who headed into the top corner.
It would not take long for them to add another, as McCootie was played in behind the defence and coolly finished past the goalkeeper, as Yate doubled their lead.
The striker should have had his second and Yate’s third, as Dave Rowe misjudged the ball and McCootie latched onto it, but his shot hit the inside of the post and was cleared.
Town’s best chance of the half came right at the end, as Karl Riddell’s floated header was almost met by Tom Bath, but the striker could not make contact.
Exmouth really struggled to create anything in the second 45, with a combination of a lack of quality and a strong Yate defence.
One positive of the afternoon was the performance of debutant Jacob Mead, who made a superb recovery to deny an almost-certain Dylan Jones goal.
Callum English-Brown was a constant threat to the Town defence, and almost got a goal after his free-kick hit the crossbar.
Bath had a great chance to pull one back, as Aaron Sainsbury threw the ball into the striker, but he missed the target with his shot.
Yate thought they had a third goal as English-Brown curled a superb effort into the top corner, but the referee had already blown his whistle for an earlier head injury.
Rowe made a brilliant goal-line clearance to prevent Milo Murgatroyd from scoring.
Exmouth got one back right at the death, as Levi Landricombe finished from close range, but the final whistle went straight after.
Town know they must improve for their trip to Malvern next Saturday.
LINE-UP: Sowden-Bird, Mead, M.Landricombe, Rowe, Riddell, Slater (L.Landricombe, 78), Shipton (Ham, 65), Denny, Steer, Morison (High, 63), Bath.
Subs not used: Gardner, Cann.