Thursday, September 19, 2013
Exmouth United Under-8s started their season with two cracking games against Honiton and West Hill.
The little reds from Exmouth got into their first game against Honiton with some great passing from the midfield and United skipper Finley Clifford was unlucky not to score within the first minute as he unleashed a thunderbolt from the edge of the box that was deflected just past the post. With some new mini soccer rules in force for the season United struggled to clear their lines from some good Honiton moves and found themselves under pressure early on from Honiton’s good interplay. This saw the lads go 3-0 down by half time but heads were still high as United had been unlucky with some of the play. The second half however saw United come back into the game and with some great passing and movement, the first move of the half saw Finley Clifford slot home a great ball into the box from Harry Guy another two goals came a few minutes later when James Adey and Brooklyn Richards combined to put in Clifford again who slotted home a great finish and Kai Richards then put in Nathanial Cross who equalised with a stunning finish. Honiton then made some substitutions replacing a large number of players who were fresh and this made it difficult for United as after such effort they were drawn in and conceded two unlucky goals with minutes to go on the clock. In the second game of the morning this saw the united lads take on West Hill wasps and the game started even with some good skills from both sets of players. However it was united who opened the scoring when a great through ball from Felix Gilles found Clifford again who slotted home another neat finish. The Exmouth lads soon found themselves 3-0 up before half time and went into the break with a good lead. The second half though saw the West Hill team come back into the game with two well taken goals but a fantastic goal from united Harry Guy who ran out of defence with the ball ran the entire length of the pitch and went past four West Hill players to finally chip the West Hill keeper to put United back into a great position. Although West Hill tried very hard United had an answer and responded with some great goals with the score ending in a 6-4 victory. All in a great debut for the little lads from Exmouth who showed great promise for the rest of the season.