Brixington Blues Under-12s win well in Exeter

PUBLISHED: 16:36 27 March 2018

Action from the Brixington Blues Under-12s win at West Exe Youth.

Action from the Brixington Blues Under-12s win at West Exe Youth.

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Brixington Blues Under-12s travelled into Exeter to meet West Exe Youth in an Exeter and District Youth League game played at a wet and muddy Cowick Barton Playing Fields.

What was clear from the first whistle was that, with conditions set to make life difficult for both sets of players, a slightly different style of football was required!

The Blues youngsters rose to this challenge and played some really good football during the opening exchanges and dominated the first twenty minutes, during which Ethan Hawes gave Blues the lead after calmly slotting home a great through ball from Callum Smith.

West Exe had a good spell during the last 10 minutes of the first half, but the Blues back three of Bobby Pond, Samuel Sidgwick and Bradley Higham were equal to the threat and, with goalkeeper Ben Jeffery showing a safe pair of hands, half-time arrived with Blues holding a 1-0 lead.

Another feature of the first half performance was the control that Callum Smith and Thomas Dean exerted in central midfield, while Harry Williams and Cameron Horne both played really well on the wings.

The second half began with another good spell from West Exe during which Blues made several excellent blocks and last-ditch tackles, and Max Nielson, who took over in goal, also made a couple of great saves.

As the pitch deteriorated the game became scrappy and was more of a battle of wills than skills. However, Blues were able to show their versatility as a team and, unable to play their preferred game of free-flowing passing football, they dug in and battled to preserve their advantage.

Second half replacements Bradley Cameron, Luke Ewing and Ethan Edwards all made important contributions with Ewing creating a couple of good chances in the closing minutes.

After a good period of Blues pressure the killer blow was dealt by Sidgwick, who neatly rolled home the second goal to seal the points. In a terrific all-round performance, the individual honours went to Ethan Hawes for a great performance.

Blues are back in action this midweek when they contest an Exeter and District Youth League KO Cup semi-final. Blues are the holders of the cup and the opposition are current table-toppers Alphington – a close contest is anticipated.

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