Colyton Under-14s crowned Exeter and District League champions

The Colyton Under-14s with the kit they dionated to the ioungsters in Gambia

The Colyton Under-14s with the kit they dionated to the ioungsters in Gambia - Credit: Archant

Colyton Under-14s were crowned champions of the Exeter and District Youth League when they travelled to Copplestone and recorded a splendid 6-2 victory.

The win was all the more special as it was between the two teams who could win the top honour and Colyton had lost the first league meeting and also a cup tie between the two earlier in the campaign.

Colyton were quickly into the stride and led 2-0 only to have their advantage wiped out by half-time. However, a determined Colyton took charge in the second half to run out 6-2 victors.

Giles Basson and Thomas Lambert stood out, the latter rifling home a 30-yard strike to complete his hat-trick.

A few days later Colyton took on East Devon neighbours West Hill as the champions and delivered a display befitting of their new status.

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converting a 30-yarder to complete his hat trick.

The whole squad were present to enjoy the occasion as Colyton won 6-3 with goals from Freddie Andrews (2), Marcus Symonds, Jacob Hale, Tommy Donan and a superb header from Rollo Squire.

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Goalkeeper Tommy Donan came out of goal to play outfield in the second half.

Colyton team boss Crag Board said: “I’m extremely proud of the whole squad. In the season we played 22 league games winning 17 and losing five. Indeed, we lost the first four games of the campaign.

“However, we knuckled down, trained hard and went on a morale boosting run. I must place on record sincere thanks to Paul Cox and Julian Rinaldi for their help in training and match day preparations, to the parents for their constant support and of course to the players who played the hearts out.

“I would also like to wish Rollo all the best as he leaves us to go play men’s hockey next season.

“I will be looking for a replacement and would ask that anyone interested in joining our successful team please come along on Fridays 6-7pm at Peace Memorial playing fields to join our regular training sessions.”

After the game against West Hill the evening was concluded by a celebration barbecue where players and family had great fun.

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