Town under-16s book Presidents Cup semi-final berth

PUBLISHED: 14:25 11 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 are one game from a return to St James' Park and the Presidents Cup Final, writes Trevor Brice.

Town booked a last four berth in the competition, for sides in the East Devon Youth League, with a 6-3 away win at Colyton thanks to a superb start to the second half during which time they notched three goals in nine minutes.

It was a contest littered with defensive errors and lots of chances at both ends of the pitch.

The home side started brightly and Town were forced onto the back foot relying on glovesman Luke Hiddon to make some smart saves.

At the other end a big clearance from Charlie Williams found Ian Littler but his shot flashed wide of the mark.

Williams then fired just wide before Colyton broke and, with Hidden beaten, it was Shaun Hepburn who saved his side with a goal-line clearance.

In a see-saw game Town were next to go close as Jamie Jefferies had a header that glanced off the upright and then Curtis Palmer-Brown saw his shot saved by the home keeper.

Colyton then found the back of the net to take a 19th minute lead but just nine minutes later Town were level when Jefferies played a superb ball through for Jack Thomas to tuck away beyond the advancing keeper.

A Williams’s free-kick was then marginally wide before, at the other end, Hidden made a pair of wonderful saves to ensure that Town went into the break at 1-1.

Two minutes after the break Jefferies fired Town ahead and it was soon 3-1 when Thomas found the back of the Colyton net.

Hiddon, now playing as an out-field player after half-time switches, saw his shot just clear the hosts crossbar but Town were not to be denied a fourth when a Jefferies cross was blasted home by Littler. Town had a fifth when Littler seized on a poor clearance.

Back came the home team and, aided by a couple of defensive errors, two quick goals left the Town lead at 5-3.

Any hopes Colyton might have harboured of completing a grandstand finish and total recovery, were ended in the closing stages when Palmer-Brown applied a neat finish to a sweeping move to seal Towns 6-3 win and that semi-final berth.

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