Brixington Blues claim the derby honours
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:18 10 June 2010
A WINDY Woodbury Common was the scene for the first of the season s derby meetings between Brixington Blues and Brixington United in the Under-14 section of the Juventus Youth League.
A WINDY Woodbury Common was the scene for the first of the season's derby meetings between Brixington Blues and Brixington United in the Under-14 section of the Juventus Youth League.
The game had an amazing opening with United going ahead within 10 seconds of the first whistle.
From the kick-off the ball was played wide to Brandon Perry who beat an opposing player before sending Jack Howarth on his way and the striker applied the coolest of finishes.
United then came mighty close to doubling their advantage before the Blues, in their first serious assault, levelled things up.
It was full back Harry Douglas who gathered a ball cleared from a corner and promptly curled a 25 yard lofted cross into the box and it ended up in the back of the United net.
A magnificent save from United stopper George Jarman denied Blues the lead when he tipped Jacob Tinsley's free kick onto the bar.
There were further chances at each end before the break. First the wind seemed to deny Will Price's fine set piece delivery for United and then Blues spurned a gilt edged chance when the ball was somehow lofted over the United bar with the goal gaping.
The Blues' back four of Godfrey, Douglas, Bunn and Evans were a well organised unit against the lively United attack and, as a result, the sides went into the break at 1-1.
United started the brighter again in the second half with Howarth going close once again but, like the first half, the Blues were equally forward thinking although, at both ends, it was the defences who held sway.
There was an element of good fortune about the game's third, and crucial, goal. The Blues' wide man, Tim Dunn, mis-hit his intended cross, and was amazed to see it sail over the head of the luckless Jarman to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
United tried to get back in the game and Jack Tullett's brilliant backheel nearly put Howarth through on goal but he was beaten to the ball by Blues' keeper Connor Gilby.
The pressure and frustration started to get to United and Blues went 3-1 up when Tinsley pounced and made the most of a goalmouth scramble to poke the third into the open net.
At the other end Howarth continued to work hard but off the long ball snatched at the chance.
The game was killed off when United were caught out of position after Blues again surged down the right, crossing into the six-yard box for a simple tap in for the fourth.
The score line suggested a comfortable victory for Blues but it was a very even game which United will feel very hard done by at the time and know that they still have a great chance of victory when they host the next derby on Saturday as the rivals do battle once again at East Budleigh.