Local youth football

PUBLISHED: 15:55 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

ON a cold but sunny morning Brixington Utd finally managed to play their first game of 2009. Sidmouth were the visitors in the second round of the Exeter & District Youth League Knockout Cup competition. Sidmouth had played twice in recent weeks

ON a cold but sunny morning Brixington Utd finally managed to play their first game of 2009. Sidmouth were the visitors in the second round of the Exeter & District Youth League Knockout Cup competition.Sidmouth had played twice in recent weeks and it was clear from the start that this helped them to be sharper from the kick-off. Most of the early play was in the home team's half with Sidmouth probing for openings. Adam Wheatley and Alex Manning, along with Riordan Jackson and Jake Gilbody, provided an impenetrable defensive line, restricting any chances for the visitors.Jack Howarth and his strike partner Theo Barnes started to get involved as the half progressed as Will Price and Matt Wells managed to recycle possession. The only goal of the half involved both Howarth and Barnes with Howarth sprinting thirty yards before rolling the ball to Barnes who scored into an empty net.The second half saw a sharper performance from Utd during which Charlie Cotton and Brandon Perry found joy down the flanks. Matt Wells scored the second goal with a cracking strike from the edge of the box and, when Howarth scored number three, reacting at lightning speed to a visitor mistake, the outcome of the game was effectively decided.Two further goals of quality followed, the first an audacious chip from 18 yards by Price and the final goal a measured finish from Perry who stepped round two challenges to curl the ball past the Sidmouth keeper.Blues' boss Simon Manning said: "Sidmouth could justifiably count themselves unlucky not to score during the game, especially when it needed Adam (Wheatley) to clear a shot from the line. Both sides contributed hugely to an entertaining day and certainly my lot can be very pleased with the quality of their goals."LYMPSTONE Eagles under-13s found the going tough underfoot in their match against Pinhoe in the Exeter & District Youth League.The fast thawing ground made a normal passing game very difficult as the ball took bobble after bobble and both sides found basic control hard to achieve.Pinhoe started the better of the two sides and showed a good mix of pass and move football but the Eagles were a match for the opposition with some good whole hearted defending.The opening goal came on 15 minutes, somewhat against the run of play, as an Eagles striker led a charge out of defence and hit a superb strike from fully 25 yards to leave the Pin's goalkeeper with no chance.Pinhoe battled hard in the midfield and again their excellent passing and movement made it tough for the Eagles' defence.Once again a counter-attack was set up but the end product was not as sharp as the earlier raid with the eventual shot going wide of the visitors upright.As the game wore on, tired legs abounded across the pitch but the Eagles did create a number of very good chances to further their lead.However, it was not until some 20 minutes of the second half had passed that the second goal did arrive.A nice passing move down the flank ended with a crisp shot into the bottom right corner of the net.With both teams tiring after giving their all, a strange cross shot deflected off one of the Pinhoe defenders to go in for an unlucky own goal, ending the game 3-0. Eagles' chief, Brett Collins, said: "Pinhoe should be proud of their performance today, they battled hard, got stuck in and gave a very good account of themselves and were unlucky not to score. All in all it was a very good game by both sides, played in a good spirit, and certainly a credit to the league, both set of players deserve high praise.

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