Youth football round-up
PUBLISHED: 15:34 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010
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BRIXINGTON United Under-13s made progress in the Exeter & District Youth League KO Cup by the odd goal in five after a compelling contest against Kentisbeare Colts.
BRIXINGTON United Under-13s made progress in the Exeter & District Youth League KO Cup by the odd goal in five after a compelling contest against Kentisbeare Colts.United struck first blood when Luke Lamy's industry on the right wing was finished with a neat Jack Howarth header and a second soon followed via a low drive from Charlie Cotton. The hosts then battled back and would have gone in at the break just the one goal in arrears but for a superb save by United stopper George Jarman.The second half saw the play become stretched as both teams began understandably tired in the muddy conditions. But it was the hosts who scored the next goal to give themselves hope before Adam Wheatley produced a wonderful left wing raid, cut inside and unleashed a powerful drive that, although initially well saved, ran invitingly to young Howarth who tapped it home to restore the two goal lead.The battling hosts did score another to set up a frantic last few minutes but United ran out deserved winners.United are indebted to Mark Laurenti and his team at IMAS, the independent mortgage brokers based in Budleigh Salterton, for providing the funding for the new kit the team now wear (pictured above are the United side in the kit).BRIXINGTON Blues Under-16s beat visiting Central 4-0 with another great display of passing and well taken goals.Blues were bright and creative from the kick off with midfielders Tom Allen and Alex Humphrey influential in the central areas of the pitch.The only goal of the first half came on 15 minutes when Lewie Farrant picked up the ball in defence, carried it through the midfield and passed to Ben Walker who turned and shot past the visiting keeper from fully twenty yards.After the break the Blues increased the tempo and began to create chances at will but the finishing did not match the superb approach play.After spurning a number of excellent chances Liam West finally nailed one when he took a pass from Jake Preece, rounded the keeper, and rolled the ball into the net.A third score came in similar fashion to the first one. Tom Allen picked the ball up about 20 yards out, noticed the keeper was slightly to one side, and fired a ferocious shot into the top left hand corner of the goal.The scoring was completed by Jake Preece to seal the win. Manager Dave Preece said: "It was a good all round display, the passing was crisp and the finishing clinical and, with keeper Dean Rawlings playing out a second successive game without being beaten, in was a near perfect performance for us."Brixington Blues met St Martin's for the first time in two years and claimed the points with a 3-0 win.After an early scare Blues began to take a hold on the game and found creating chances a lot easier than taking them,The opening goal did eventually arrive with Karl Riddell playing in Luke Bradford who drilled a fantastic shot into the top corner of the net to take Blues in at the break with a one goal lead.Shortly after the restart Alex Sparkes doubled the lead and then, two minutes after having a header come back off the bar, Tom Taylor reacted quickly after a shot came back off an upright to lash it into the goal.The whole team can take pride in the performance as players were given different responsibilities and certainly rose to the challenge.Blues Under-10s went out of the Exeter & District Youth League cup when beaten 10-1 by a very powerful Newton 66 side.On a bitterly cold morning, Blues went behind early on but battled back as Bradley Snook made a great run that first saw Gwyn get a touch and then ended with Charlie Heaton netting an equalizer.Keeper Joe Gore impressed all with some amazing saves but the visitors continued to find the net despite a brave effort by the home side, especially, Jack England, Alex Craib and Ollie, whilst defenders Ryan and James worked tirelessly against the Newton tide of attacks.The Blues Under-9s were edged out by the odd goal in seven against Sidmouth Town Warriors.James Slinn was outstanding as he thwarted the Warriors numerous times, beaten just the once, and parity was restored with a James Doble penalty.Warriors then scored three times to lead 4-1 at the break but Marcus Weeks headed home a corner and Doble bagged a second as Blues rallied but they could not find an equaliser.Blues then met Sidmouth Raiders and won by the odd goal in five thanks to a Marcus Weeks double and one more from James Doble.EXMOUTH AMATEURS Under-9s served up some fine football to brush aside both Sidmouth Vikings and Warriors. Jack Sparkes scored four times and Milo Shore hit a hat-trick whilst other goals came from Max Reader (2), Matthew Seager and Michael Hunter. Milo Shore was named man of the match for what was a fabulous debut performance. In their second game, one that proved to be much tougher, Ammies beat Warriors 3-0. Max Reader, Will Dean and Sam Haynes netted the goals whilst Ben Finch, Joe Paver and Ieuaun Kidd performed very well as Ammies won continued their winning run.