Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Honiton Troopers Under-9s went down in their meetings with Culm and Cullompton Rangers.
First up against Culm, despite some excellent defending from Jess Spence and some great saves from keeper Harvey Lee, they found themselves three goals down.
As half-time approached Ben Mottram and the midfield trio of Lewis Clyburn, Harvey Haysom and Louie Stevens started to have more of an influence on the game and their link-up play brought striker Bailey Williams into the game.
Peter Osborne replaced Ben Mottram at half-time with Bailey Williams moving into defence. The second half started with the team matching their opponents in all departments and mid-way through the half the side scored their first goal of the season.
Harvey Lee’s goal kick was collected by Jess Spence who passed the ball down the line to Peter Osborne just in the Culm half; Osborne took on the defender then passed through to Lewis Clyburn who took a quick touch before rifling the ball into the corner of the net from outside the penalty area. The Troopers continued to match Culm but were unable to score a second goal as the match finished with Culm 3-1 victors.
The second game saw Troopers beaten 7-0 by Cullompton Rangers who scored five first half goals.
Lewis Clyburn, Harvey Haysom and Ben Mottram all contributed by breaking up Cullompton attacks, winning tackles and dribbling the ball into the Cullompton half, while Louie Stevens, Bailey Williams and Peter Osborne linked up well with their team mates.
Whilst the team were disappointed to lose both games, they were in agreement that the player of the day was Jess Spence who’s tough tackling and passing the ball out from defence in both games was outstanding.