Blues still unbeaten
PUBLISHED: 16:02 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010
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BRIXINGTON BLUES went down 2-0 in their game against a powerful Stoke Hill side. The Blues seemed to prefer the long ball game and this merely seemed to play into the Stoke side's hands for, on the odd occasion they did return to the passing game
BRIXINGTON BLUES went down 2-0 in their game against a powerful Stoke Hill side. The Blues seemed to prefer the long ball game and this merely seemed to play into the Stoke side's hands for, on the odd occasion they did return to the passing game the boys know so well, they looked very capable of hurting the opposition. With the Blues' defence performing with distinction as a unit, it was a very close run first half that ended with the scores as they had been at kick off. Stoke Hill netted twice in the second half to claim the points. Blues' Jon Walker said: "This is two losses in a row for the side and they must rise to the challenge to make every opportunity count from now on." Blues Under-15s won 3-1 at Pinhoe thanks to goals from Karl Riddell, Luke Bradford and Callum Shipton. The game saw both defences enjoy considerable superiority over the respective forward lines but it was the Blues' who struck first when a deep cross was netted by Bradford. The lead was then doubled when a Bradford through ball released Riddell and he produced a fine finish. The home side began the second half well and were rewarded with a goal but this merely served to strengthen the Blues resolve and they scored a decisive third when a neat right flank move ended with Shipton volleying home with his left foot at the far post. Blues' coach Brian Flockhart said: "It was a good result born out of a competent display but clearly the team needs to cut out the niggling fouls they are conceding for they are putting the side under unnececesary pressure. Brixington Blues Under-13s had far too much pace for visitors Crediton Youth who they beat 9-2. It was a totally dominant first half display by the Blues that saw them score seven times without reply. Jordan Clapp (3), James Burn (2), George Toomey, Ryan Bunn, Liam Dickinson and Peter Wright scored the goals. Blues' Under-11s went into their game with Twyford Spartans sporting a 100% record, one that the Tiverton side also held but post match it was the Blues who still had their perfect start intact courtesy of a 7-2 win. Blues came storming out of the blocks and were ahead within four minutes. Good work on the left from Jack Hodge and Harry Moxey gave Jordan Howlett the opportunity for a low drive that caught everyone unawares, sneaking in at the far post from distance to make it 1-0. Five minutes later it was Howlettt's turn to act as provider, slotting a perfect defence splitter through to Josh Mingo who shrugged off a defender's attentions to hit home for 2-0. On 15 minutes the same combination resulted in a third goal when Howlett swung the ball in from the right where Mingo collected with his back to goal, swivelled and drilled home under the keeper from close range. In the second half it didn't take Cameron Deighton long to register his first of the day, outmuscling a defender to the ball, on the edge of the box, before driving powerfully across the keeper into the far corner for 4-0. Midway through the half, four became five when Howlett played Deighton in, who in turn flashed a devilish cross to Glen steaming in at the back post to thump home with some authority. The sixth goal came somewhat fortuitously when Ed Doble's long range drive was spilled into his own net by the Twyford keeper. Twyford then got one back when a striker's good looking shot was well parried by Ben Berkhout in goal, but he could do little to stop the same striker slotting the rebound home. Twyford got a second when a striker's weavy run was ended unceremoniously by Moxey's foul in the box, and Berkhout was left with no chance from the resulting penalty.Moxey made amends immediately from the kick off though, playing the ball up to Mingo who interchanged wonderfully through the Twyford defence with Glen for Glen to fire home the final goal of the game to make it 7-2.