Seven-goal Brixington turn on the style
- Credit: Brixington Blues
Brixington Blues Under-16s showed no sign of rustiness in front of goal, as they returned from the three-month absence to beat South Molton 7-0.
Debutant Lewis Fulls started the move that broke the deadlock on six minutes and a deep cross picked out Jack Drew-Cull to head home a confident finish.
Captain Jake Haggerty and Adam Watts stemmed any attacking flow from the visitors and the Blues soon doubled their lead, with Ethan Hawes slipping a fabulous pass for Luke Paramore to rifle in a second.
Brixington goalkeeper Russ Bracey was called into action from a South Molton free-kick, producing an inspired save that also prevented the visitors from gaining in confidence and the Blues were soon turning on the style again.
A flowing team move involving Makan Coulibaly, Haggerty, Hawes and Watts culminated in a shot from Drew-Cull that was well saved by the South Molton custodian, but Oliver Bradley reacted quickest to stab home the rebound.
A set-piece from Fulls found the head of Coulibaly for a fourth on the half-hour, as Brixington cruised into the half-time break with an unassailable lead.
In a surprising start to the second period, the Blues were reduced to ten men after an unexpected red card, which did prompt a mini revival from South Molton, with Bracey again saving well to keep his goal intact.
The attacking verve returned with a sensational strike from Haggerty to make it 5-0, turning beautifully before unleashing a scorcher from distance.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Brixington were enjoying themselves and Haggerty was again involved for number six, delivering a pinpoint cross for Paramore to score with his head.
To their credit, South Molton kept plugging away in search of a consolation goal but there was no way past a well-organised Brixington defence.
Gloss was added to the victory when Drew-Cull released Hawes for a surging run and pass to the irrepressible Paramore, who then unselfishly picked out Coulibaly for an easy finish to complete the scoring.
A day of fantastic football to show the future is very bright for Brixington Blues.