Clyburn goal sends Honiton Troopers Under-9s into last eight of the League Cup

PUBLISHED: 11:20 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:20 22 January 2014

Stoke Hill 0, Honiton Troopers 1

Honiton Troopers Under-9s booked a place in the last eight of the Exeter and District Youth League cup thanks to a first half Lewis Clyburn goal.

The match was played at Hamlyn Lane, Exeter in conditions that were not conducive to playing passing football! The rain fell throughout the game and conditions underfoot became very difficult for players to simply keep their feet! However, the whole squad on duty played their part and Troopers were good value for the victory.

The only goal of the game came as a result of some good play from Christopher Lucas as he broke up a home attack. He found Peter Osbourne who took the ball forward before passing to Lewis Clyburn and he shot from a tight angle into the roof of the net!

After the break the Troopers continued to dominate play with Bailey Williams, Harvey Haysom and Louie Stevens all having chances to add to the lead.

The Exeter side carried a threat, but got little change out of an organised Troopers defence in which Jess Spence was strong in the tackle. Just before the end Troopers keeper Harvey Lee made a fine save to ensure his side took their place in the quarter finals.

The two sides then played a friendly which was cut short in terms of playing time owing to the worsening weather!

Once again Troopers came out on top, this time winning 4-1. Peter Osborne scored twice and there were also goals from Bailey Williams and Lewis Clyburn. Stoke Hill had their chances, but they were dealt comfortably with by Christopher Lucas and Harvey Lee.

Despite the conditions all the players worked hard and tried to play football which is great to see. There were no complaints about the pitch or the weather and, because of the superb all-round spirit on display the Man of the Match award was presented to the whole team.

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