Honiton Under-16s net first away win thanks to Broad heroics

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 13 November 2015




Honiton Under-16s were fortunate to be one of the few Exeter and District Youth League teams to see action on a soggy Saturday when their game at Crediton Youth went ahead.

A first away win of the season was duly recorded and the star of the show was goalkeeper James Broad!

Honiton gloves man inspires under 16’s to its first away win of the season!

Playing into a brisk wind, Honiton began well with some enterprising wing play from Dylan Cody and Kyle Newham.

They took an early lead when Tom Young’s free-kick saw Joe Gillard beat the offside trap before applying an excellent finish.

The home team hit back, but good defensive work from Jacob Murphy and a fine clearing header from Tom Young kept them at bay. Soon after, a neat passage of passing involving Charley Horn, Nathan Selway and Joe Gillard ended with Dylan Cody being tripped in the area and he got up to slot the resultant penalty and double the Honiton lead.

Gillard, Jack Katene and Kyle Newham all went close and Cody had a shot well saved as Honiton continued to create chances.

It was not all one-way though and Crediton fashioned chances of their own, but found James Broad in exceptional form. The young glovesman pulled off a number of splendid saves to enable his team to take the 2-0 lead into half-time.

The second half was a more balanced affair, but it was Honiton who struck the games third goal with Cody raiding down the left before crossing for Jacob Murphy to make it 3-0.

Back came the home side and young Broad was again called into action, making a number of terrific saves.

In front of the glovesman, the Honiton back line of Jacob Ambrose, Tom Young, Lochie Charleton and Jacob Murphy, formed a formidable defensive unit.

Having travelled with 11 fit players, the final 20 minutes, on a heavy pitch,, were always going to be tough for Honiton and the home team, who had the luxury of a full compliment of substitutes, managed to get one goal back. That was as good as it got for the home side with Honiton fully deserving to savour the taste of victory – their first on the road this season.

All 11 of the Honiton players put in a tremendous shift. Tom Young and Charley Horn deserve special mention, but the star man was certainly James Broad for his excellence in goal throughout.

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