Exmouth Town continued their pre-season schedule with a home fixture against East Devon rivals Sidmouth Town, who were playing the first of their warm up games before the start of their South West Peninsula League Premier East campaign, writes John Dibsdall
Town’s starting line-up reflected that three of their regular starters were missing due to Covid self-isolation, but Town were able to welcome back fans favourite James Richards and give a second outing to Josh Cann.
Cann, who has recently moved to the area, has signed for the club ahead of the new Western League season and brings experience gained from having played Southern League football with Yate Town and Paulton Rovers.
With Town manager Kevin Hill also using his Torquay United connections he was able to cast his eye over a couple of trialists who were part of Torquay’s academy.
The opening 25 minutes of the game saw an even contest with Sidmouth probably having the edge, although neither ‘keeper was tested.
The first real chance saw Ben Steer break through, round the Sidmouth glovesman, but, from a narrow angle his shot drifted just wide of the far post.
On 36 minutes a similar move saw Jordan Harris race clear and he made no mistake to open the scoring and as the half closed, Ace High saw his effort come back of the post.
Five minutes into the second half and Town had added two further goals. Richards reminded Exmouth supporters of his capabilities with a 30-yard drive that, whilst deflected, was on target and then, a typical surging run down the right hand touchline followed by a pin-point cross, was headed home by Harris.
Further changes were made to both sides, but the game remained competitive. Whilst Sidmouth failed to find the back of the net they had several crosses that just narrowly failed to find their intended target and their manager, Danny Burwood, should be pleased with their overall performance.
Next up for Town is a trip to St Blazey on Saturday (July 17) and then, on Wednesday (July 21) evening they welcome Bideford to Southern Road for a game that has a 7.30pm kick-off.
Saturday, July 24 will see Town host Okehampton Argyle and then, three days later it’s another Southern Road game against Southern League opposition when Tiverton Town visit for a 7.30pm kick-off.
The new Western League season begins with a Saturday, July 31 home meeting with Clevedon Town.