Exmouth Town locked in thrilling title race

1:00 p.m. March 15, 2022

On a cold, wet and windy evening last Wednesday, Exmouth Town recorded their biggest win of the season so far, beating promotion rivals Mousehole 3-0.

Town were simply too strong in all areas of the pitch for their talented but young opponents where their style of possession football was not as well suited to the conditions as Town’s more direct and pragmatic approach.

Town opened the scoring within ten minutes, with Ace High rising at the far post to head home a Ben Steer cross and score their 125th goal for the club in all competitions. After Dave Rowe made a big block to thwart the eager Mousehole forwards, Jordan Harris doubled the lead with a nice turn and left-footed drive into the bottom corner at 38 minutes.

The next goal was always going to be crucial and, given their two-goal deficit, the visitors started the second half well. Robbie Powell made a great save and a one-shot piledriver was aimed at the net before it hit a Mousehole player!

The third goal came in the 70th minute and it came on for Exmouth Town. Levi Landricombe’s exquisite turn and shot had a goal written all over it, but he came back from the post, only for Harris to duck and head the rebound home. A satisfying win for Town, three important points and still plenty to play for, especially in the return game at Cornwall on March 26.

Since taking over as manager at the start of the 2018/19 season, it was Kevin Hill’s 100th league game and possibly the most of his 72 wins to date.

Last Saturday Town were without a game and league leaders Tavistock were forced to postpone their home game with Clevedon. Mousehole took full advantage to close the gap at the top of the league by hammering basement team Bridport 8-1.

Town are a point behind Tavistock, both having played 28 games, while Mousehole are two points behind with one game less. It will be an exciting climax.

Exmouth Town’s Ace High on a break
– Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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