Howarth brace in derby win
PUBLISHED: 14:52 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:31 10 June 2010
JACK Howarth scored two goals as Brixington United beat Brixington Blues 3-1 in the Exeter & District Youth League. A Will Price free kick had put United one up and the lead was doubled when Howarth out-paced the Blues' defence before firing home.
JACK Howarth scored two goals as Brixington United beat Brixington Blues 3-1 in the Exeter & District Youth League.A Will Price free kick had put United one up and the lead was doubled when Howarth out-paced the Blues' defence before firing home.With Alex Manning leading by example, United took charge of the contest, restricting the Blues to long range efforts.Just before half time Blues were awarded a penalty for hand ball and Jordan Clapp confidently stroked home the spot kick, giving Connor Gosling in the United goal, no chance.After the break the Blues started the brighter and Wheatley and Crozier were called upon to make excellent last ditch tackles.Blues did come closest to levelling when Nathan Fowler climbed above everybody else at a corner, only to see his header drop onto the top of the cross-bar.With the clock ticking down, a fifty yard run from United full back Charlie Cotton produced a good save from Gilby in the Blues' goal and the keeper was again in action making a smart stop with Wheatley poised to score.The goal that sealed the contest was a beauty. Started by the United defence, it was fed to Price who controlled before sending a defence splitting pass that Howarth ran on to before lobbing an out-rushing Gilby to leave United 3-1 winners.United's Simon Manning said: "Both sides can be very proud of their efforts in putting on a wonderful display of skill and endeavour and producing such an entertaining match. Referee Brian Reeby was quick to congratulate everyone for the quality of both performances, along with praising all concerned for the respect shown to each other."For Blues, Jordan Bennington, Ryan Bunn, Thomas Evans and Harry Douglas imposed themsleves well in the midfield battle and from the team's perspective they felt that United had, in general, hit them on the break.In the second half Liam Dickinson, James Byrne, Peter Wright, Nathan Fowler and Tim Dunn were all prominent for the Blues but they just could not penetrate a solid United back line.Blues most certainly missed the pace of Mark Godfrey on the right and the battling efforts of George Toomey and Rob Smith in midfield, but those who were on duty gave their all and it made for an enthralling contest.