Junior footy action round-up
Willand U13s 3, Seaton A 0
Seaton travelled to Willand to play in the quarter final of the Wellman Cup and really did not deserve the end result.
The referee first called off the game as the pitch was so bad, but ‘u turned’ as Seaton had travelled and Willand were happy to play. The Willand team had three boys that regularly play in the Taunton League side so the match was always going to be hard. Seaton dug in deep and, with a full mix up of the usual team line up, and came out strong. Willand scored the first goal within a few seconds of the half time whistle and added two in the second half. With the change of ends this presented Seaton with a catalogue of challenges the mud was awful and the wind in their faces. Lewis Cottam, Ollie Caute and Will Campbell battled to keep the ball up front. Ollie Binion commanded the team from the defence with Lewis Franklin and Lewis Gibbons battling against players twice their size.
Thomas Driver was again outstanding in goal. But Man of the Match for this week was Ollie Binion who as always gave 110 per cent. The next game is home at 10.30am on Sunday against Millwey.
Millwey Rise under-13s travelled up the road to Sector Lane to take on Axminster Town for the third meeting of the season, and came away with a 4-0 cup victory, writes Nick Tregale.
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Milllwey started the better side and debutant Lorcan Hankin scored with a cracking drive, following up with a well-worked move to double the lead.
Millwey piled on the pressure and a move which started at the back with Ben Stead, was finished with a mazy dribble by Jack Farrant who slotted past the Axminster keeper.
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Minutes later George Carter ran onto a through ball and stroked it into the net to make it 4-0 at half time.
In the second half Millwey ensured Axminster did not get a shot on goal, so keeping a clean sheet for the first time this season.
Millwey's coach Jade Tregale said it was a superb team performance and effort which led to a deserved win and a place in the semi final.
Honiton U13s travelled to Sidmouth hoping to continue their good run of results.
Their form has not been as good and this clearly became evident on Sunday where they took a beating at the hands of Sidmouth side that was hungrier for the win. As always, Honiton had prepared well, but left all that behind them as soon as they entered the arena to engage the opposition. Honiton’s players were not up for the fight and looked as if they had been up all the night before. Sidmouth dominated the first half totally, coming in at half time 5-1 up.
The second half was only slightly better, which the honours even, but still Sidmouth had shown the hunger and desire to not just win the game but also the individual battles.
The game fished 6-2 in Sidmouth’s favour. Only a few Honiton lads can hold their heads high and they know who they are!
Honiton’s goals were from Blake Freemantle and Ben Nursey. “Losing the game wasn’t the issue, it’s how we lost,” commented Richard Ayres.
From the whistle, Feniton U8's opening match against Exmouth at Lympstone was always going to be tough, writes Thomas Hatton.
however it was the Tigers who took an early lead through a fabulous goal from Max. The play was equal throughout and Exmouth levelled. The second half saw Exmouth take the upper hand with a couple of goals. Feniton battled to the final whistle, but were unable to claw their way back.
?The Tigers played Lympstone in the second and won 3-0.
Feniton had control of the match from the whistle and using Cameron's and Edward’s pace and strength kept the ball in the opposition’s half. Eventually Oscar scored. At half time the Tigers had the advantage and some great goal kicks from Arthur opened up the play and created opportunities for Matt to add a second to the total. As the half continued more Feniton players wanted a slice of the action, but some great keeping from the Lympstone keeper kept the score down. To wrap up the morning Matt added a second to his tally.
with a shot from the left hand touch line which slipped passed the keeper.
Next outing is at home on 4th feb with visitors West Hill and Hemyock
Honiton Under 8s played some fantastic football away at Exeter on Saturday, writes Mark Fisher.
Honiton Demons played against Brixington Blues in their first match and despite losing 6-0, they played so well together with plenty of chances, the best from Connor Richards who also got Man of the Match for his constant movement. Harry Horn was outstanding in goal making some spectacular saves, Sam Foster and Josh Edwards were also impressive.
The Demons then played Heavitree Social losing 9-0, another tough match but never giving up. Phoenix Welch and Elliot Holdsworth worked really hard and linked up well with each other. Jake Mabbutt got Man of the Match for, if it wasn't for his defensive work rate, the score would of been a lot worse.
?Honiton Devils played Heavitree first, narrowly losing 1-0. A great game of football showing their great improvement and teamwork. Zac Harrison was fantastic getting Man of the Match,
Jai Freemantle and Luke Matthews were also showing great skills and determination.
The Devils then played Brixington Blues, also losing 6-0, but it was another great game to watch. Dominic Mccreadie Tayler got Man of the Match for his amazing goal keeping, giving the team confidence to keep pushing forward.
Liam Osborne and Isaac Lidster were fantastic keeping the game alive. To put it into perspective, Brixington and Heavitree are probably the best teams in the league and myself and my coaches are so proud of Honiton's under-8s’ attitude and team play. Well done!
Exeter & District Youth Football – Under 10’s Cup Competition
This Saturday Seaton Under-10s played against Dawlish United in the Exeter & District Under-10s Cup Competition.
The first half was very competitive with both teams having chances at goal but it ended 0-0. The second half began with Seaton conceding a weak goal which encouraged Dawlish and they were soon 2-0 up.
Seaton played on but looked beaten, until midway through the second half, when Reece McCabe managed to score. This lifted the players and, with only a couple of minutes remaining, Finley Rooke scored an excellent goal to equalise.
The game then went into extra time as there had to be a winner, but no goals were scored which meant a penalty shootout.
Seaton won the toss and went first and Edward Kenworthy scored, Dawlish equalised with their second penalty after a Seaton miss, the next four penalties for each team were either missed or saved, until Liam Hughes scored for Seaton and sent the match to sudden death.
Dawlish had to score. Alfie Tucker Vincent, the Seaton goalie, saved the shot, sending Seaton through to the quarter finals.
A very good game of football to watch, well done to all of the team.
Millwey under-10 Purple team entertained table-toppers Sidmouth Town.
The gap between the sides told and the Purples conceded seven goals in each half, thus losing 14-0, but the Purples never gave up and were a credit to the club with the effort and sportsmanship they showed.
?Next week the Millwey under-13s are at Seaton Town A and the under- 10 Blues are entertaining the under-10 Purples for the club bragging rights, which the Purples hold at the moment, having won 4-3 last November.