Great Town spirit earns a big point

PUBLISHED: 13:13 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town, entertaining one of the strongest teams in the division, came back from the dead in a storming and spirited finish to this pulsating match.

EXMOUTH Town, entertaining one of the strongest teams in the division, came back from the dead in a storming and spirited finish to this pulsating match.

With just a minute to go, they grabbed an equaliser that at one time had seemed remote.

The leveller came from a superb free kick by Andy Thompson - one of a trio of substitutes brought on in a desperate bid to overturn a two-goal deficit.

Sidmouth's second goal, from Simon Hudson - which put the team in with a chance - followed a terrific run from Chris Duchenski.

"It was absolutely brilliant," said the manager Paul Ashford afterwards.

"In the end, it was a great overall performance by the team, including some of the younger players. The way the equalising goal was celebrated told me all I needed to know about the drive and commitment, and the sheer spirit of this squad of players."

Sidmouth hosted top-of-the-table St Martin's who were expected, in most quarters, to run away with victory.

And, for at least half the game, it looked like they might do just that.

Sidmouth actually scored first, after about 20 minutes, but by the time the interval arrived they were 1-2 down - a position that further deteriorated when St Martin's opened the difference to two goals.

And they missed a sitter which would have more than likely put the game to bed.

But Ashford made a triple substition, bringing on Simon Hudson, Greg Outrin and Shaun Lapin, and the team went on all-out attack.

"We changed the system, and it worked. I'm proud of the team," he said.

By David Bazell

Devon & Exeter football Premier Division

Sidmouth Town (1) 3, St Martin's (2) 3


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