Exmouth Town FC extended their winning sequence to six when they overcame Portland United 2-0 in the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday, writes John Dibsdall.
Another clean sheet and it is now over eight hours of football since Town last conceded a goal.
From winning the ball back from the kick-off, Town were on the front foot and could have gone
ahead with less than a minute played.
Good link-up play between Ace High and Jordan Harris set Aarron Denny clear, but his strong shot was well-saved by the visiting ‘keeper.
Portland, who came into this game on the back of 5-2 and 12-2 victories, showed they might be a force to be reckoned with and Chris Wright was forced into a smart save with less than five minutes played.
Town were keeping up the pressure and were finding space in behind the back four and the goal
their play merited came after eight minutes.
Denny again got to the byline and his fierce cross was only half cleared for Callum Shipton to pounce on the loose ball and hammer it home.
Harris then had a stinger of a shot well saved before Town doubled their lead with 28 minutes on the clock.
Shipton was this time the architect as his excellent cross found Karl Rickard in space and his first-time shot took a slight deflection before nestling in the back of the net.
As the visitors threatened to claw their way back into the game at the start of the second half, Kieran
Willdigg produced a fine block with the loose ball falling for Denny to set off on a 70-yard run
that ended with Town gaining a corner.
The Wessex Premier League side were now seeing more of the ball and created a couple of decent chances, but they lacked the necessary composure in front of goal, which was surprising considering their recent scoring spree.
One other item of note was that a Portland player was the first to be sent to the sin-bin at Southern Road
since the offence was introduced at Step Five level this season.
In the closing minutes, Town were content to see out the game – which they did in relative comfort to
the joy of the majority of the 211 crowd.
Town are again in action again on Wednesday night (October 16) when they entertain Street FC.
On Saturday, October 19, they travel to Keynsham and are home again on Wednesday, October 23, when Tavistock are the visitors.