Exeter City’s Under-18s may have had an inconsistent start to their competitive campaign this season, however, everything looks to be heading in the right direction now that the Grecians have completed five matches. 

After a heavy defeat at Bournemouth, the Grecians bounced back seven days later when they defeated Swindon Town. Alfie Cunningham broke the deadlock, before Theo Cutler’s brace put the Grecians in control, and Tom Dean’s solo effort rounded off a magnificent home win.  

Kevin Nicholson’s men suffered a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat to MK Dons in the Youth Alliance Cup before goals from Dean and Tom King earned a draw at Cheltenham Town.  

But while a variety of tests had already come Exeter's way, nothing had challenged them like a Devon Derby against Plymouth Argyle in the Under-18 Professional Development League Cup. Finley Wilkes gave the Pilgrims the lead on 18 minutes, but a strong second-half showing from the Grecians saw them deservedly turn the tie around thanks to strikes from Cunningham and Aamir Daniels. 

The young Grecians played a tough Devon St Luke’s Bowl match against men’s side, Plymouth Parkway, on Tuesday, and a major test of their credentials against a very strong non-league outfit.