Exmouth United Under-15s endure bitter-sweet start to new season

PUBLISHED: 08:10 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:10 10 September 2014

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Exmouth United Under-15s were beaten 4-0 by Alphington Rockets in their opening game of the new Exeter and District Youth League season.

The Exeter-based side are set to be one of the top outfits in the section this season. United went into the game with three new signings making debuts; Harry Williamson, from local rivals Brixington Blues, Ethan Langson-Justice who has returned back to football following a couple of seasons just concentrating on rugby and Ryan Schaufler back for a second spell with the club.

United got off to a good start deciding to play up hill in the first half and were playing some good controlled football when a long through ball down the right wing was met by former United player Callum Cross, making his debut for Alphington, and he drilled it home top open the scoring.

United responded immediately and a great bust through midfield by Harry Ottaway saw him link with Williamson and Schaufler prior to Joe Paver seeing his crisp shot superbly saved by the Alphas glovesman.

Just before the break United fell two down after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.

A change in formation, forced by injury, saw United enjoy plenty of possession playing down the slope and this forced the Alphas to defend in depth.

The next chance at either end fell to United when an Ottaway corner was met by the head of skipper Tom Taylor-Adey, but the Alphington keeper made another fine save.

Late on, as tired legs came to the fore, United shipped two further goals.

United can take many positives from the contest and they will have gained plenty of experience from it.

They are in League Cup action this Saturday when they host Twyford Spartans (10.30am).

United are still looking to strengthen their Under-15 squad and any interested players can contact manager Steve Paver on 07717 572445 or club secretary, Donna Ottaway via the website www.ExmouthUnitedfc.com

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