Wykes and Lawrence net in narrow Brixington United Under-9s defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:11 29 March 2018

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Brixington United Under-9s were edged out by the odd goal in five in their meeting with Exeter Central.

Having lost their first game of the morning 4-3 – this after being 4-1 down – United began their game with Central in a determined mood.

Jake Gibbs-Clark made his presence felt with early tackles and Harper Phillips cleared up well at the back.

Isaac Wykes, who impressed in midfield throughout, played some delightful passes, but good Central defence denied them clear-cut shooting opportunities. The deadlock was broken with Wykes turning home a Rian Powley corner.

Willem Stortenbeker, who tackled well all game, linked up well with Wykes to set up a chance for Josh Lawrence, who applied a composed finish to double the United lead.

Central hit back with a goal that there was nothing United glovesman Evan Clark could do about and a second followed soon after to restore parity.

A third goal saw Central into the lead for the first time. United hit back and with Stortenbeker and Phillips excelling there were no further chances for the Exeter side through to half-time.

After the break, United were a whisker away from a third goal of their own when a Lawrence shot was kept out by the goalkeeper.

Gibbs-Clark was then unlucky with a fine effort that went just over the bar and Phillips rifled the ball into the side netting.

Time ran out on United’s superb all-round effort. Despite the defeat, all involved can be proud of the superb spirit and determination they showed throughout an entertaining contest.

United team: Rian Powley, Josh Lawrence, Evan Clark, Harper Phillips, Isaac Wykes, Jake Gibbs-Clark, Willem Stortenbeker.

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