Exmouth Town FC continue their journey in the Emirates FA Cup with a trip to Yate Town this Saturday (August 24), writes John Dibsdall.
The Gloucestershire side won promotion to the Bet Victor Southern League Premier Division this season and have had mixed results in their opening League games.
After a 4-1 home reverse, they travelled to Taunton and won 4-0 before losing last Saturday 3-0 at Poole Town.
The winners of this preliminary round tie receive £2,890, with the losers picking up £960.
If the match is a draw after 90 minutes ,then there will be a replay at Southern Road on Tuesday, August 27 (7.30pm KO).
Town will go into the match in the knowledge that last Saturday they maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 1-0 victory at Bitton, who had previously won their three opening games and were many people’s tip to lift the Toolstation Western League Premier Division this season.
Town made a bright start and a move involving Ace High, Aarron Denny and Karl Rickard ended with Ben Steer firing narrowly over the crossbar.
Bitton responded with a quick counter attack and James Richards was perfectly positioned to steer a dangerous cross away for a corner.
Town took the lead on 20 minutes. A fine through ball by Adam Bilcock saw High hold off two challenges before his well-struck shot found the bottom corner.
As Town continued to be the dominant side, Denny thought he had doubled the lead when he turned home a shot from High but was judged to be offside.
Bitton’s cause was not helped by a straight red card for a stamp on Steer in the 35th minute and, as the half closed, High produced another fine run, but this time without the desired finish.
The second-half saw Bitton lucky to keep all 10 of their remaining players on the pitch.
They did, however, show why they are highly-rated as they played some good possession football, but, such was Town’s defensive stability – with Tom Gardner outstanding – they didn’t really create a clear-cut scoring opportunity.
Chris Wright in the Town goal did have to produce one excellent save but that came about via a deflection rather than a direct shot.
As the home side pushed more men forward, gaps began to appear and Town had three good breaks but were let down by the final ball that could have put players through for a one-on-one with the ‘keeper.
All in all, another splendid result with 40 or so of Town’s supporters swelling both the crowd and the bar takings and Gardner winning the Bradford’s Man of the Match award.