Honiton Under-13s storm back to see off City Raiders

PUBLISHED: 08:08 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 October 2015

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Honiton Under-13s staged a superb comeback from a three goal deficit to defeat City Raiders Galaxy 6-4 for an Exeter and District League encounter.

The game saw an even start with both sides enjoying spells of possession without really threatening either goal until the hosts took the lead through Dominic McCreadie-Taylor.

However, some lacklustre tackling resulted in Central drawing level. This knocked Honiton’s confidence and poor communication along with some panic-stricken defending saw the Exeter side take full advantage to net three more and hold a 4-1 lead!

Stern words from the touchline followed and the Honiton response was good with Becky Rose pulling a goal back to leave the home side trailing 4-2 at half-time.

Following a frank discussion of the improvements required, the second period saw a far better performance and Honiton immediately closed the gap as Matthew Ward’s fine pass was finished by McCreadie-Taylor. The Raiders were now feeling the pressure and they started to defend in depth allowing Honiton to dictate play. The prolific McCreadie-Taylor soon completed his hat-trick and added two more by the final whistle as the Raiders offside trap was prised open.

Despite the 6-4 victory, Honiton know they have much work to do before their next outing. That said, the team showed character to come from behind and their spirit in the second half was admirable. Players to deserve a mention were Harvey Newton, asked to play in an unfamiliar left midfield position, plus Will Whitworth who covered every blade of grass from centre midfield.

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