Hiddon strikes late on and Exmouth Town under-16s win seven goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 13:17 20 January 2011

Action between Exmouth Town and Awliscombe (yellow shirts) at the Southern Road ground on Monday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn exsp 9477-01-11SH

Action between Exmouth Town and Awliscombe (yellow shirts) at the Southern Road ground on Monday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn exsp 9477-01-11SH

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Exmouth Town under-16s showed real strength of character as they came from behind to defeat Uplyme with a goal in the closing stages of a compelling contest.

Exmouth Town finished 4-3 winners at home over Uplyme in a very scrappy game, but they had to come from behind to do so.

Not long after the match got under way, there were early exchanges in midfield with neither side really able to break the other down.

However, it was the visitors who eventually created the odd chance in front of goal and Dillon Ashcroft was soon called into action to deny the visitors taking the lead.

After some changes were made during the middle part of the first half, Town started to make inroads and broke through the visitor’s midfield and defence but there was plenty of frustration for the Town players as the flag was raised for off-side on many occasions! Both Ian Littler and Jamie Jefferies saw their attempts saved before Jefferies then had a shot just wide of the upright. At the other end, Ashcroft pulled off some great saves. Town began to defend too deeply and were yet again caught ball watching.

Uplyme must have thought they were just about to take the lead, but it was down to Ross James who made a brilliant goal line clearance, heading the ball out to safety. Uplyme were then awarded a free kick which they fired over the cross-bar.

Town then got back into their stride. Curtis Palmer-Brown had a shot saved, before Town took the lead in the 26th minute and added a second inside two minutes.

The first came from a throw in deep inside the visitors half. The ball was thrown through to Jefferies who looked up and fired the ball home from close range. The second came following a perfect move up the pitch from Town’s defence. Ryan Neville collected the ball in Town’s defence and after dribbling the ball out of defence, Neville passed this across the pitch to James who then had the time he needed to lob the ball up the pitch. Littler then broke clear of the visitors defence and midfield and fired the ball home pass the advancing keeper.

The two goal lead was, however, short lived. A minute after and Uplyme were gifted with a goal back following Town’s defensive lapses. Town did try to restore their two goal advantage with Jack Thomas shooting against the cross-bar and James saw his header saved. However, it was not long before Town were caught ball watching at the back which saw Uplyme being awarded yet another gift of a goal to pull level. The half finished with Littler having two goal attempts, the second of which he should have put away after pulling clear of the visitor’s defence, and James shooting just wide.

With the scores level at the break, it was a question of which team were going to break through and score.

Town started the half much on the back foot. Uplyme were awarded another free kick which was fired over the cross-bar.

Charlie Williams decided to have a shot from the middle of the pitch which went well over. This was at a time were Town’s passing and move were really letting them down. Uplyme had a further shot which went over before they were then awarded a questionable penalty which they duly converted. This was a testing time for Town who really had to regain their discipline and get on with the game.

Town tried desperately to get more into the game and some time later they were beginning to break through the visitor’s defence. Palmer-Brown blasted his attempt against the cross-bar which rebounded pass his team-mates attempt to get on the end of it. At the other end, the visitors also struck the cross-bar. Ashcroft was doing all he could to keep Town in the game. A penalty was tucked away by Thomas to level things up at 3-3.

Uplyme responded and had a shot cleared off the line before Ashcroft was called into action again making a string of fine saves.

At the other end, Littler’s lob was just pushed out for a corner, and then from a corner which the visitor’s thought they cleared, Town kept the pressure on the visitors and , after a spell of prolonged pressure, Palmer-Brown placed his shot just wide of the far post. There were further goal attempts at either end of the pitch before Town scored late in the game to seal a narrow victory.

A shot cannoned back into play off the Uplyme glovesman and straight to Luke Hiddon who slammed it home.

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