Exmouth Town FC keep FA Cup dream alive with 2-2 draw at Yate Town

Exmouth Town FC kept their fairytale ride in the Emirates FA Cup alive with a 2-2 draw at Yate Town on Saturday, writes John Dibsdall

The replay against the Bet Victor Southern League Premier side, who ply their trade two divisions higher than Town, will be on Tuesday, September 3, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Town took the game to their more illustrious opponents from the start – with Ace High having a shot cleared off the line with just two minutes played.

Aarron Denny then just failed to set Jordan Harris free, but on 15 minutes, Denny fired Town ahead.

As Yate failed to clear a corner, Denny won the ball on the edge of the box and his first time shot aimed for the top corner was deflected into the goal.

Harris then had a strong shot well held by the home ‘keeper before Yate grabbed the equaliser on 33 minutes.

This time they took full advantage of Town failing to clear their lines from a corner.

As Yate began to impose themselves on the game Chris Wright made a fine save as the teams went into the break on level terms.

The second half opened in similar fashion with the home side seeing more of the ball without breaking down Exmouth’s defence and Town looking to hit on the counter attack.

The second goal came this way, but was entirely due to the tenacity of Harris.

Chasing a long ball which the defender and ‘keeper should have easily dealt with, he took full advantage of their hesitation to win the ball and score from a narrow angle.

With 30 minutes still to play in very hot conditions, it was always going to be a tough ask for Town to hold on and they conceded on 78 minutes. But despite the expected pressure from the side playing at step three in the pyramid system, they then held their own to fully deserve an excellent draw.

This Saturday, Town are in cup action again when they entertain fellow Western League Premier side Brislington in the FA Vase. Kick is 3pm

Last Wednesday evening, Town made the trip down the A38 where in an enthralling football match they suffered their first league defeat of 2019 – their last loss being against Cullompton on Boxing Day 2018 – going down by a solitary goal to title favourites Plymouth Parkway.

In front of a crowd in excess of 300, Town took the game to their opponents – forcing three corners in the opening five minutes without ever threatening the goal.

Parkway gradually got their passing game together and with their movement and control began to dictate the play.

The only goal came on 27 minutes. A slight hesitation in the defence, expecting to hear the whistle for a foul, was all prolific goal scorer Adam Carter needed as good control, a sharp turn and fierce shot gave the home side the lead their play deserved.

Town were content to soak up the pressure and hit on the break and came close to the equaliser on 43 minutes when Ace High broke to round the ‘keeper, but a covering defender cleared.

The second half showed why Town should have a good season at this level as they began to impose themselves on the game and with some composure in front of goal could have levelled the scores.

Town had a fright when a half-hit shot came back off the crossbar, but responded in style when a fierce left foot shot from Jordan Harris was tipped over.

James Richards flashed one cross agonisingly wide of the far post.

To underline Town’s performance, Parkway won their FA Cup tie on Saturday 5-2 against Paulton Rovers, who are from the Southern League – one league higher.

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