Exmouth Town U14s take title

PUBLISHED: 15:54 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town are the champions of the East Devon Youth League under-14 section and they sealed the title in grand style with their second successive double figure win, writes Stephen Birley. Seven days after putting Beacon Knights to the sword with a 12-0

EXMOUTH Town are the champions of the East Devon Youth League under-14 section and they sealed the title in grand style with their second successive double figure win, writes Stephen Birley.Seven days after putting Beacon Knights to the sword with a 12-0 victory, they defeated local rivals Exmouth Amateurs 10-0 at Southern Road.The early exchanges were close and Ammies were the first to have an attempt at goal before, at the other end, Barnaby Pender shot just wide of the Ammies' goal.In the 7th minute Pender struck to give Town the early advantage and, as Ammies looked for a quick response, Town broke clear and Ross James was in the right place, at the right time, to double the home lead.Shortly after Ammies threatened with a clever set piece routine but it was 3-0 to Town when Ian Littler fired home in the 16th minute and it was 4-0 three minutes later when James notched his second.In the 22nd minute Littler ran onto a through ball to make it five before a double save from Jordan Thompson denied Ammies a score of their own.Littler made good ground out wide to cross for Dylan Jessop to score Town's sixth and Pender saw to it that they went in with a seven goal advantage when he fired home his second.After the break the game continued with Town very much the dominant force. Alex Poultridge scored and then numerous chances went begging as it became something of a shooting challenge throughout the home ranks.EXMOUTH Town under-14s finally managed to get their first game of 2009 played and they certainly took their frustrations out on hosts Beacon Knights for the lengthy wait for a game, scoring twelve unanswered goals in an awesome display.The match in Exeter kicked off some 25 minutes after the scheduled time as the match official pondered the condition of the playing surface as being fit for action.It was the host side that made the livelier start and Town keeper Ryan Neville was quickly into action, making a smart save to deny them. As the home pressure increased, Charlie Williams led a quick counter and fired Town ahead, all this within the first three minutes of the game.This led to the Exeter side looking for a quick response and they hit the bar before, at the other end, Williams, Ross James and Michael Carney all went close whilst glovesman Neville was forced to produce a couple of super saves to deny Beacon Knights.Ian Littler produced a little piece of magic just on the half hour when he charged clear and coolly slotted home. Once more the Exeter side looked to get straight back but Town proved lethal on the break as Littler put his side 3-0 to the good on 31 minutes.Just before the half time break James made it four when he got on the end of a tidy Barnaby Pender cross.The second half began with Town always looking the more likely, especially with the speed of their attacks. Dylan Jessop nailed the fifth Town goal, Littler completed his hat-trick with the side's sixth and Pender hit number seven.James turned the ball home from a Williams corner and then completed his treble from another similar set piece and Carney also helped himself to a goal as double figures were reached.Goals eleven and twelve arrived from Littler and James respectively, both players ending with four goal hauls as Town sealed a 12-0 win to edge ever closer to sealing the title.

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