Devon in bloom – Parkway Vs Exmouth
Plymouth Parkway Vs Exmouth Town
Wednesday 21stAugust 2019
Early season excitement at Bolitho as two inform Devon sides meet early in the season.
Parkway, like many have expected have started the season with a bang. Two wins from two have seen Lee Hobbs’ side hit 12 goals in the process against Cadbury Heath and Bridport.
This fixture will be Hobbs and Karl Curtis’ first big test of the season and will show what this seasons squad can do against arguably this seasons dark horses in the Western League.
After finishing second in the SWPL Premier league last season, Kevin Hill has brought the feel good factor back to Southern Road. The blues have adapted to Western League life extremely well and have made it two wins from two after a brilliant 1-0 away victory over title challengers Bitton on the weekend.
This Devon derby has all the hallmarks to be a classic on Wednesday night and one for the purists, as two very good sides clash in what will no doubt be an early season thriller.
The last time these two sides met at Bolitho was back in 2018 when Mikey Williams secured a Hat-trick and Rob Farkins also added his name to the scoresheet in a 5-1 for The Yellows
Here is what you need to know about Exmouth ahead of their trip to Bolitho on Wednesday evening.
Exmouth Town Squad:
Manager: Kevin Hill
Assistant: Andy Rawlings
Coach: Mike Skinner
Physio: Bob Chard
The History of Exmouth Town
Exmouth Town Football Club was formed in 1933, playing their home games on the Maer Cricket Field. They moved to their current home at Southern Road in 1964.
After many successful seasons in the Devon and Exeter League they joined the Western League in 1973. They were promoted to the Premier Division after finishing Runners-Up of Division One in1981-82 and won the Premier Division in 1983-84 and again in 1985-86. Other Western League honours include League Cup winners 1989-90, Premier Division Runners-Up (twice) and the Sportsman Trophy (twice).
Cup success includes winning the Devon St Lukes Bowl (three times), Devon Senior Cup, Devon Premier Cup (twice) and in 1984-85 they reached the Semi- Final of the FA Vase, narrowly losing to Fleetwood Town by the odd goal over the two games. During this period the Club installed floodlights and hosted many matches against Football League sides. On the 28 July 1987 they recorded their highest home attendance of 2,395 for a match against Liverpool.
The success of the Eighties was, unfortunately, not repeated during the nineties and the Club was relegated after the 1993-94 season. They gained promotion back to the Premier Division for the 2003-04 season but regrettably had to withdraw from the Western League during 2005.
On the 1stAugust 2006 the Club reformed as Exmouth Town (2006) AFC, playing in the Devon and Exeter League. At the end of the season they were promoted into Division One (East) of the newly formed South West Peninsula League, a step seven league in the national pyramid system. The Club won the East Division in the 2012-13 season losing only one league game. They also won the Devon Premier Cup and reached the semi-final of the SWP League Cup. Having achieved promotion to the Premier Division the side finished as runners-up in season 2013-14.
Having consolidated their position as a Premier Division side they finished eighth in season 2014/15 and twelfth in 2015/16. Season 2016/17 saw further improvement when they not only finished fifth in the League but also reached the final of the League cup, the final of the St Lukes Bowl and the last sixteen of the FA Vase.
In 2018/19 they finished runners-up in the League winning thirteen and drawing two of their games played in 2019 and were promoted to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
We hope to see you at Bolitho on Wednesday evening
Gate: £6 adults / £4 concessions