MATCH REPORT: EXMOUTH TOWN 0-1 BASHLEY
A poor performance from Exmouth Town saw them beaten at the Circle of Care Community Stadium, as Bashley came out 1-0 winners.
Lewis Ross’ free kick was the difference maker, in a game that Town never really looked like scoring in.
The first 15 minutes were slow, with both teams feeling each other out and neither side able to string much quality together.
Ace High and Aarron Denny were a threat down the right hand side, forcing the Bashley defence into many clearances, albeit nothing that Town could capitilise on.
The hosts almost had a fantastic chance to open the scoring as what initially looked like a poor cross from Jacob Mead was recovered by Denny, but his slide tackle was met by a Bashley man before Levi Landricombe could reach it.
Exmouth’s number seven remained a problem for the visitors, as after a brilliant touch by Landricombe, Denny twisted and turned past three defenders, but his shot was no problem for Ross Casey.
Town had another opportunity, as the momentum swung into their favour, with Josh Cann laying it off to Denny, who found the run of Ben Steer, and his cross was intercepted by a Bashley defender, just before High could get to it.
Chris Wright did not have much to do in the first half, with an easy save from a Maxwell Wilcock header being the biggest test.
Denny looked like the man to make a difference in a poor first half, and after some link-up play between Mead and Joe Belsten, his first time finish was wide of the mark.
Town had their best chance of the match on the hour mark, as Louis Morison picked out the run of Ben Steer, but a strong save from Casey denied him at the near post.
Similar to last week, it was a free kick from the edge of the area that led to a goal, as Ross’ free kick went into the right side of the goal and hit the back of the net.
Unfortunately for the hosts, they would not respond quickly and it really should have been two for the Bash, as Edward Hodge was left unmarked at the back post, but he fluffed his lines.
Exmouth had another almost chance with 20 to go, as High burst down the wing and swung a ball in, but the sliding Denny could not reach it.
Josh Cann took aim from 30 yards, and forced a strong save from Casey, and that was the best Town had for the rest of the game.
Luke Delaney had a golden chance to make it two, but he potentially took too long to get his shot off, as Cann was able to block.
The match fizzled out from there, with Exmouth unable to put anything of real quality together, and a resillient Bashley backline dealing with any problems thrown at them.
Exmouth will had back on the road on Tuesday, as they take on Bideford at The Sports Ground.
LINE-UP: Wright, Mead, Cann, Gardner, M.Landricombe, Belsten, Morison (Shipton, 70), Denny, Steer, High (Ham, 76), L.Landricombe (Bath, 66).
SUBS NOT USED: Rowe, Slater.