Exmouth United's superb deefnce control the show in Ottery St Mary victory
PUBLISHED: 07:45 29 September 2014
Exmouth United Under-11s continued their excellent start to their Exeter and District Youth League Division Two campaign with a second 5-0 win on the trot.
Against a physically strong Ottery St Mary, who themselves had won their last game 6-1, the Exmouth defence of Sammy Pratt, Ben Sriburi and Adam Brown were superb. Showing great concentration and work rate they denied the Ottery attack any time or space to threaten the Exmouth goal. Jimmy Griffin and Archie Clements, who kept goal for half the match each, confidently dealt with what little chances Ottery managed to create.
Midfielders Harry Williams, Kyle Pearcey, Oscar Gillies and George Phillips worked tirelessly to dominate the centre of the pitch and, always looking to play the ball on the ground, the passing was superb. With Kian Davie and Joe Bowden causing havoc down the wings with their pace and strikers Jared Guy and Reuben Smith holding the ball up intelligently, Exmouth dominated possession for the duration of the match.
The scoring was opened midway through the first half following a barnstorming run down the right by Joe Bowden. Putting in a wonderful cross, Jared Guy controlled the ball on his chest before rifling it into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. After a sustained spell of pressure Harry Williams scored the second with a powerful close range drive. The third was scored just before half time, an Ottery defender diverting the ball past his own keeper under strong pressure from Reuben Smith.
As the second half began, Exmouth again quickly imposed themselves on the opposition. A series of chances went begging with the excellent Kian Davie closest with a fine shot just past the post. Exmouth’s pressure finally told however with Jared Guy reacting first to a fine save by the Ottery keeper to lash the loose ball into the net.
With the whole team now attacking as a unit it was only a matter of time before Exmouth scored again. George Phillips timed his run brilliantly to collect an excellent through ball from Harry Williams. Beating the offside trap he drilled an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
As the match drew to a close Exmouth continued to press for further goals but some stubborn defending and great goalkeeping from an Ottery team who never stopped trying kept the score to five.