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Exmouth Town battled well with Southern Premier League side Plymouth Parkway, but came up short as they were beaten 4-3 at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.

A brace from Aarron Denny, and a goal from Ben Steer, helped Town recover the score to something that represented the game a bit better.

Parkway had the first chance of the game, as Dylan Jones got a hold of the ball and dribbled past two Town players, before shooting wide of the target.

Young goalkeeper Frankie Phillips was called into action on the half hour mark, and he stood firm to hold a powerful long-range strike.

In a typical pre-season encounter, a lot of the first half was spent in the midfield, with both sides looking to find a rhythm after some time away from the pitch.

It was the away side who opened the scoring, as the ball was drilled across goal and slotted home from close range.

Town were able to respond in quick fashion, Joe Belsten was brought down in the box, but got back up and played the ball across to Steer, who dispatched it into the roof of the net.

Unfortunately for Town, that would spark a strong end to the half for the visitors, as Phillips was forced into a good save, and just before the break, the ball came across goal to Matt Wright, who tapped home from just a few yards out.

A few minutes into the second 45, Karl Riddell was on hand to stop a certain goal, with a great sliding block.

Parkway would extend their lead further on the hour mark, as Wright received the ball on the edge of the box, and turned his man to slot into the bottom corner.

It would go from bad to worse for Town, as the clinical visitors added a fourth through Dylan Jones, as he was first to a rebounded shot and duly tucked the ball away.

Exmouth would find an extra gear to get back into the game, when Aarron Denny drove at the defence before cutting inside and finding the top right corner.

Parkway’s goalkeeper was then forced into a great one-on-one save, as Steer raced through, but his chipped effort was denied.

A minute later, Town would cut the lead down to one, as the ball found Denny just inside the box, and he blasted it into the back of the net.

It was a strong performance from Town, who competed with Parkway throughout the 90, as they head into another home game this Saturday, against Torrington.

TEAM LIST: Phillips, Powell, Belsten, Cann, Riddell, M.Landricombe, Lever, Haynes, Morison, Knowles, Denny, Iseguan, Thorne, Steer, High, Gardner, McCue, Griffith.


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