EXMOUTH TOWN SEASON REVIEW: FEBRUARY-APRIL

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Exmouth Town were in a hopeful position as they entered February, with new signings and the arrival of Dave Pearse, things were looking up.

However, Town were objectively in a bad position, sitting bottom of the table and the improved performances not equalling improved results.

They had three months to turn it around, but did they?

Let’s find out…

FEBRUARY

The month got off to a poor start, when more bad luck led to a 3-1 defeat away at Malvern, who should have gone down to ten men in the first half.

A relegation six pointer was next for Town, when they welcomed Bashley to the Circle of Care Community Stadium.

In a flat performance, they were beaten 1-0 by their relegation rivals in a game that looked to almost seal the deal on Exmouth’s relegation.

Bristol Manor Farm was next, which was a classic game for events on and off the pitch.

Unfortunately, it did not fall Town’s way, as a 98th minute winner from Daniel Dodimead, despite a clear foul on Chris Wright, saw the hosts come out 3-2 winners.

That game and result seemed to flip a switch in Kevin Hill’s side, as they hosted Larkhall Athletic, the team that had beaten them 5-0 earlier in the season.

A second half for the ages saw Exmouth return the favour, with four headed goals, two from Ace High and Micheal Landricombe each, as well as a strike from Levi Landricombe earned them an incredible victory.

The good times carried on for Town as they looked a completely different team to the one that had lost to Bashley two week prior, as two Ben Steer goals saw them beat the Bash 2-1 which put them outside the relegation zone.

MARCH

The start of March was marked with a poor performance against nine men Bishops Cleeve, as Town seemed to get worse with each player being sent off for the visitors.

Exmouth put that behind them as they saw off Melksham Town 2-1, with Joe Belsten and Steer ensuring they gain further ground away from Paulton Rovers.

A close defeat away to Bideford was a tough hit but a superb victory away at Bemerton Heath Harlequins, where they were backed by a boisterous support, who rallied behind the team to push them to victory.

Town ended the month with a fantastic 3-1 win against Willand Rovers, in front of a bumper crowd of 578, as Ace High and Tom Bath kept them pushing away from the relegation zone.

APRIL

A strong home performance against promotion fighting Frome Town solidified Town’s status in the Southern League Division One South.

Town would all but ensure safety as they beat fellow relegation rivals Westbury United 2-0 as goals from Steer and Aarron Denny in a solid display that moved the great escape even closer.

Results elsewhere would complete that feat, as despite losing to Cribbs, Westbury losing their game made it impossible for Town to enter the relegation zone.

The season was finished by two poor displays against Paulton and Mousehole rounded off the season with consecutive defeats, but that would not dampen what was a fantastic turnaround from Exmouth.

It was not an ideal campaign for Town, who for large parts of the season were not good enough but the spirit shown from the team, staff and fans to not stop fighting was an exemplary display of what makes this club special.

Until then, we will see you next year!

 

 

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