Box scored either side of the half, both from headed crosses as the striker was able to convert his short range opportunities well, as Isaac Pearce and Blaine Waugh completed said crosses.
The Town goal came from a turnover in the Bishop’s Cleeve third and a swift counterattack let star man Levi Landricombe add to his goal tally.
A great performance from goalkeeper Lewis Clayton once again, as he deployed himself well as a sweeper, and kept his composure for close range saves as well.
The Mitres started well at the Circle of Care stadium and produced the majority of chances from the get go, this partnered with the good defence from across the whole Cleeve backline, including a few timely tackles from Joe Jeremiah meant that Cleeve were dominant.
This eventually allowed for Bishop’s Cleeve to take an early lead as on their third clear cut attempt of the first 15 minutes they managed to break the deadlock. A freekick from a dangerous position led to a Pearce cross that found Box at close range, who headed it into the back of the net for his sixth of the season.
Although this goal did wake up the Devon side as they put the pressure onto the visitors but Clayton proved to be a wall and kept a deflected shot out from close range.
That being said Bishop’s Cleeve managed to create multiple chances including a nutmeg from Jack Watts, led to a cross which found Kai Newman who’s shot went wide. Newman would have another attempt just before the Exmouth goal which was shot hard but also fell just wide.
The Exmouth goal did come against the run of play, as Jeremiah gave the ball away in his own third, which allowed Ace High to counter quickly before squaring it to Landricombe who finished in a near open net.
The final chance of the half once again came to Cleeve as Newman stood over a freekick which just does too much and curls back past the nearer post.
Coming out of the dressing rooms to get the second half underway, once again Cleeve were strong. A great chance occurred when Watts cut inside and got a shot off that just curled over the bar and to the left of the rising head belonging to Box.
The second half was more calm, as the next bit of action came 15 minutes later as a scramble around the Mitres box, lead to a booking for Aarron Deeny after a collision.
Lorcan Sheehan and Jordan Annear would come on for Pearce and Kai Newman just before the second goal.
Once again it was Box on the end of a cross as Waugh worked his way down the right side as he had done throughout the game, this time producing a cross that got over Christopher Wright and fell to Box at the back post who heads it on target but the ball was helped in by an attempted clearance from a Town defender.
A more defensive approach was then adopted by Paul Collicutt as Waugh dropped to a more defensive position and Watts to left back who put in an admirable performance. Eventually Watts was replaced in the 90th minute by 17 year-old Archie Tucker, making his first team debut. While Henry Danter was another 17 year-old in the squad, but was unused.
For the last 20 minutes Cleeve despite their more defensive approach still created a few chances including a near post shot from Waugh that was saved.
During said final period it was Mark Pritchett that stepped up and helped police the back line, was excellent in the air and couldn’t be beaten on the ground to help maintain the lead until the final whistle.
Despite the win over second in the table, Bishop’s Cleeve remain 15th in the table but are now tied on points with Wimborne in 12th and only two points off Tavistock in 8th. The Mitres next face Melksham at home on Tuesday night.
Report by Oli Lewis