Freemantle hat-trick as Honiton Under-16s edged out at Brixington Blues

PUBLISHED: 09:28 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 02 October 2018

Misc sport. Ref exsp 37 18TI 0746. Picture: Terry Ife

Misc sport. Ref exsp 37 18TI 0746. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton Youth Under-16s went down 5-4 in a thrilling opening game of their new Exeter and District Youth league season, beaten at Brixington Blues.

Some early uncertainty in the Honiton defence saw the hosts draw first blood, and although Caleb Freemantle soon equalised, following Matt Ward’s fine pass, this proved to be the pattern for the remainder of the first half.

Failure to clear their lines allowed the Blues to move ahead once again, but despite Freemantle’s second drawing them level, and Honiton then taking the lead as Jack Hawker followed up to finish after the home keeper’s great save, the visitors were unable to curb errors and shipped two further goals to trail 4-3 at the break.

The second period had started well for Honiton, until a well flighted free-kick into the box was allowed to bounce and nestle in the far corner past the unsighted keeper, Harry Horn. This appeared to at last wake Honiton and they took control of the game, but found the home goalkeeper in inspired form as he made several saves, most notably from Freemantle on at least two occasions. Freemantle eventually completed his hat-trick, but Honiton were unable to find a further goal to give them the point their performance probably deserved and they slipped to a 5-4 reverse.

However, this was Honiton’s first competitive game of the season, and although it showed at times, as a lack of decision-making allowed the Blues to take advantage without really having to work for it; they can feel positive for upcoming games.

Players to gain special mention were Hayden Owen, stepping up from the Under-15s along with Lewis Jennings who showed promise on his debut.

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