MATCH REPORT: EXMOUTH TOWN 1-1 BISHOPS CLEEVE

Exmouth Town will feel like they dropped two points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by nine-men Bishops Cleeve at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.

Joe Belsten opened the scoring after following up his saved penalty, but a superb Ross Langworthy strike allowed the visitors to hold onto a point.

Exmouth had the first chance of the evening, as Ben Steer weaved his way down the right wing to lift a cross into Merson Ham, who headed over.

The away side had their first chance soon after, with a similar move allowing Langworthy getting a header off on goal, but it was straight into the arms of Chris Wright.

Town were starting to build plenty of momentum, with Aarron Denny finding himself in plenty of space, although his shot was well over.

The hosts had another aerial attempt, when Steer’s brilliant delivery found the leaping Ace High, who couldn’t quite keep his header down.

Some good defending from Josh Cann and Mike Landricombe saw Bishops Cleeve chances get prevented before a shot, but the visitors did go close just moments before the break, as Jay Malshanskyj went through on goal, but Wright marked his 100th Town appearance with a great save.

Exmouth would start the second half strong, and received a big chance to make it 1-0 after Denny twisted and turned past defenders and the goalkeeper, before being hacked down by Toby Soule, who received his marching orders for the challenge.

Belsten would step up and see his penalty saved by Lewis Clayton, but the midfielder was first to react and put the ball into the back of the net.

Just m0ments later, Bishops Cleeve would go down to nine men after Toby Holland received a second yellow for dissent.

Town had opportunities to increase their lead as Landricombe and Steer had shots, but neither were threatening.

It would be the visitors who would strike back, when Langworthy took the ball down excellently, and found the top right corner from the edge of the box.

Exmouth almost reclaimed their lead instantly as Steer was set in on goal, but Clayton was on hand to match him.

Ham played a superb pass into substitute Tom Bath, who turned his man and fired a shot at goal, which went wide.

The away side were digging in with nine men, but it is safe to say that Town were not asking many questions of the reduced side, with their play and m0vement going too slow.

Bath had a great chance to win it in injury time, when the ball was crossed into the striker, but his header was off target.

Town will be dissapointed with that second half performance, but they will look to bounce back when they host Melksham on the 16th of March.

ATTENDANCE: 220

LINE-UP: Wright, Mead, Cann (L.Landricombe, 80), Rowe, M.Landricombe, Ham, Belsten, Shipton (Morison, 77), Denny, High (Bath, 64), Steer.

SUBS NOT USED: Gardner, Slater

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