Brixington Blues Under-12s win well at North Tawton
PUBLISHED: 16:18 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 19 April 2018
Brixington Blues Under-12s were 2-0 winners when they travelled to North Tawton for their latest Exeter and District Youth League game.
The result – and performance – was the perfect build-up to their League Cup semi-final clash with Alphington taking place tonight (Thursday).
The pitch was in a reasonable condition and the rain held off to provide good conditions for the encounter.
The first half saw a challenging encounter – Blues passed the ball around well and although holding good possession, seemed unable to find success in the final third.
North Tawton at times looked dangerous, but the back three of Fin MacDonald, Luke Ewing and Jack McBryan were an equal match for their strike force, with little danger finding its way through to first-half keeper Ben Jeffery.
Three minutes into the second half, Callum Smith made a good run down the left, creating space to fire the ball dangerously across the face of goal. Fortunately for Blues, a deflection off the defender put the ball straight into the net to provide the breakthrough. With the momentum now firmly in Blues’ favour, only minutes later they struck again. This time Tom Dean picked the ball up just outside the area and played unselfishly across to Luke Ewing attacking on the right. Ewing made no mistake and fired a clean strike straight into the bottom corner to give Blues a 2-0 lead.
It looked like the game might have opened up a little for Blues at this point, but North Tawton battled hard to keep a foothold in the game and, despite good possession for Blues, no further goals were forthcoming.
It was encouraging to see a clean sheet with both Max Neilson and Ben Jeffery playing their parts in the Blues’ goal, clearly showing the benefits from their recent goalkeeper training sessions!
This was certainly a well-deserved 2-0 victory for Blues against a resilient North Tawton side. Tom Dean picked up the Man of the Match award for what was a strong shift in centre midfield setting up Ewing for the second goal.