Match Report 14s vs Buckland – 13/09/2020

 WOW…What a Game!!!!!

I apologise now, as I didn’t take many notes due to the excitement of the game.

It was a beautiful sunny morning. No need for umbrellas today! 

West Exe turned up strong with 12 players. Great to see AJ and Jess’s return and also welcome to Edith who made her first match debut this week. 

It was agreed to play an 8v8 game to accommodate Buckland’s 9 Players.

The last time we met Buckland, Buckland won 5:1 so West Exe felt the pressure today.

The team had their first team photo of the season followed by a brief pep talk from Sara!

During warm up Pheobe injured her thumb so Misha stepped in as Goalkeeper for the game. Thank you to Misha.

West Exe were raring to go today, they ran onto the pitch to their starting positions. West Exe had Maisy, Jess and Alicia in defence to start.

The whistle went and West Exe roared up the pitch. West Exe had an amazing start with some fab passing through the team up to AJ who took a run on goal with a shot which was saved by Bucklands keeper. This seemed to give West Exe a huge confidence boost and that was how the game seemed to pan out.

West Exe had control of the ball, spectators were on the edge of the seats (fold up chairs) and couldn’t quite believe what they were watching.  

It was excellent football to watch by both sides.

8 minutes in, Maddie took a shot on Goal and scored!!!! Unfortunately it was disallowed being offside!

After this there was no stopping West Exe.

Buckland felt the pressure but did not let their guard down. They took a good run on goal from a throw in, but did not reach the box.

It was great to see West Exe take a few shots at goal by both Maddie and AJ, they just weren’t reaching the net, some near misses, some hitting the posts. The frustration was showing.

Maisy showed off some lovely turns when defending, snatching the ball off Buckland, turning and booting the ball to West Exe.

The pressure by West Exe almost caused Buckland to almost score an Own Goal.

Half time was almost upon us, West Exe didn’t let up at all and then managed to get past Buckland defence and scored another GOAL!!!!! The spectators cheered but it was seconds after the half time whistle and also Off Side!!!

Half Time Score 0-0

West Exe kept up the pressure. Only 2 minutes in AJ took a run on Goal following some lovely passing up the pitch by West Exe.  1-0 West Exe

Pheobe joined in the second half, playing at right midfield. Great to see her in a different position! She made her presence known, as not long after she joined the game Pheobe took a hard, fast strike at goal from 25 yards, gutted as it hit the post! We saw a couple more of these later in the game.

Edith joined in defence; it was lovely to hear Maisy mentoring Edith just as she did Brooke the week before and also pushing the team forward from defence.  

Bucklands Goal Keeper showed her courage, as she came out and smothered the ball which ended up with three players in a bundle on the pitch.

Bucklands determination was seen and they pushed through West Exe and Scored a goal 20 minutes into the second half.

With the score 1 all it was all to play for.

Ray took a free kick from 35yds out, Rocket Ray lived up to her reputation and sent the ball flying towards the top corner! It did beat the goalkeeper but was cm’s wide of the post. A very near miss.

West Exe continued to control the game, approx 30 minutes in Ray took control of the ball then had another attempt on Goal……and it went in…GOAL!!!!!!!

The last 5 minutes seemed to last forever, then the final whistle went, score 2:1 to West Exe. Spectators went wild!!!!!

Misha was awarded player of the match for stepping up as Goalkeeper!

Massive well done to all and big thank you the coaches Martin and Rob.

Charter Standard Development Club

PROUD to be the best!

West Exe remains the best place for people to come to enjoy and play football.

Completing our FA Charter Standard annual health check demonstrates we are continually delivering the highest standard of football for all within our football community to experience.

We are PROUD to be a FA Charter Standard club for our community of volunteers, spectators, parents and players.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that puts in the effort which makes this football club great

Keep up the fantastic work.

Thank you

COVID-19 Update

Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, the FA are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

Throughout this period, West Exe have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the league and the FA regarding the grassroots game during this time.

We are in regular communication with both and situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.

We will update all managers shortly one we have had communication from the league directly with confirmed instruction.

We do not know anymore at this stage regards training so we will again update all managers accordingly as soon as we have any confirmation.

Kind regards,
West Exe Committee

West Exe take over Colyton

Colyton is proving the tournament to enter for West Exe Youth as this year saw the U9s and U10s triumph, taking the trophy home.

This years youngest West Exe team and tournament newbies U7’s , although no winners trophy was available, still managed to remain unbeaten all day, only coming unstuck when they faced each other!

West Exe U10s celebrating victory, pipping 15 other teams to the trophy. Played out of their skin all day only conceding 1 goal in total. Worrying time in the group stages when 2 players fell unwell, with no subs to fall back on, they threw back on the blue shirt and powered to victory. 

West Exe U9s returning to the tournament as champions go unbeaten against 6 other teams, managing to win this tournament for a 2nd successive year winning 2-0 in the final.The U7s looking smart and gaining their first taste of tournament fun. Going unbeaten is no mean feat, the future is looking bright for Steve and his team.

To have 2 teams winning back to back tournament here and now the U7s looking strong too, we may not be allowed back in Colyton……..

West Exe Youth End Of Season Presentation 18/19

This seasons End of Year Awards Presentation is to be held this Saturday 18th May from 13:00 – 18:30 at

Exeter Saracens R F C
Exhibition Fields, Summer Ln, Exeter EX4 8NT


There will be a number of activities and events in and around the team awards presentations themselves.


Zorb/bubble football

3 legged football

Head tennis

MUGA (Multi Use Games Area)

Inflatable obstacles course 

Inflatable Darts

Penalty Shoot out

Bouncy castles for infants/kids (& Big Kids!)


There will also be a Charity Prize draw.

Food is available to buy, and there is plenty of parking available.

If you haven’t purchased tickets already please contact your team coach/manager for details or you can pay on the gate.

£5 per ticket or £20 for a family of 5


2018/2019 League Presentation

The League’s Presentation Evening will take place on Sunday, the 19th of May 2019. The doors will open at 5:30pm.

Exeter’s Corn Exchange, Market St, EX1 1BW is the venue

Below is the timetable for the evening;


U7’s, U8’s, U9’s and U10’s individual awards.


U11’s individual awards.


U12’s individual awards, followed by :
Div 3 runners up and League winners.
Div 2 runners up and League winners.
Div 1 runners up and League winners.


U13’s individual awards, followed by :
Div 3 runners up and League winners

Div 2 runners up and League winners

Div 1 runners up and League winners


U14’s and U15’s
U14’s individual awards, followed by :
U14’s Div 3 runners up and League winners
U14’s Div 2 runners up and League winners
U14’s Div 1 runners up and League winners
U15’s individual awards

U15’s Div 2 runners up and League winners
U15’s Div 1 runners up and League winners


U16’s individual awards, followed by :
Div 3 runners up and League winners

Div 2 runners up and League winners
Div 1 runners up and League winners

09/05/2019 U13s Youth vs Alphington



Thursday 9th May 2019 K.O. 6.00pm

Match report by Geoff Bland

Having beaten this years league champions only a couple of days earlier, we now face our neighbours Alphington in the final match of the season.

We get off to a reasonable start with an early floated cross from Mickie out on the right wing. Dylan sprints into the box and is unlucky not to get on the end of the ball. A few minutes later James tries with a long range shot from the middle of Alphington’s half but it sails high and wide. Sixty seconds later we lose possession in mid-field. Alphington break down the right wing, shoot and score. 0-1. After quarter of an hour we again lose the ball. Alphington run through and score but the flag is raised for off-side. In the nineteenth minute Alphington have a corner. The ball is whipped into the penalty area where there is lack of communication by West Exe and Alphington score again. 0-2. West Exe have a good spell of possession and on half an hour James tries a long range shot but to goes high over the cross bar. A minute later he tries again with a run down the left wing, past a number of Alphington players and shoots wide. As half time approaches Alphington take a shot from just inside the box requiring Thomas to make a good finger tip catch. The half ends with an attempt from Mickie that the keeper saves.

HT 0-2

Within the first few seconds of starting the second half we have a corner. Gracian jumps high and makes good contact with the ball but it goes straight into the keeper’s arms. A minute later Alphington play a through ball down the centre of the park. They are one on one with Thomas who spreads himself out wide as the shot heads his way and he makes an important save with his feet. It’s end to end football and West Exe now have a corner. Mickie flights the ball right into the danger zone as our strikers set themselves but the keeper gets a finger tip to the ball first and nudges it to an Alphington player to clear. On seven minutes Alphington have a free kick out on the right wing. The ball is floated over our static defence and with three Alphington attackers beating the off-side trap, they easily slot the ball into the net. 0-3. A few minutes later they have another free kick, this time out on the left. It’s a similar set piece but this time the ball hits the post and gets cleared. On quarter of an hour an under powered pass back to Thomas enables Alphington to try a lob. Thomas jumps up to get a finger to the ball and catch. Less than two minutes later Alphington play a ball over the top of our defence. Thomas stretches out and makes a great save to tip the ball over the cross bar. The corner comes in and skims off the top of the cross bar and out for a goal kick. From this kick, James passes to Gracian who runs past and around a number of Alphington players and calmly slots past the keeper. 1-3. The following five minutes sees both sides trying long range shots, Alphington wanting to put the game out of our reach and West Exe desperately looking to close the gap. Thomas makes a great save from Alphington’s attempt, James’s shot goes wide, Seb shot is fumbled by the keeper, Gracian couldn’t quite control the rebound and another shot from James is saved by the keeper. On twenty five minutes Levi plays a through ball to Gracian who side foots it wide. The game is starting to slip away and the frustration shows when James is booked for kicking the ball away. The match finishes with a ball from Alphington that goes across the face of the goal.


A shame the season ended with a loss but Alphington are a well organised side, with rehearsed set pieces and clear communication between all of their players. West Exe had some opportunities but tiredness from a hectic end of season seemed to catch up with us, especially after an epic game only a couple of days previously. It was a pointless yellow card to give away and only proved to Alphington that we were getting frustrated. This only gives them more determination to carry on doing more of the same, to try to rattle and disrupt our play further. It was good to see we continued to fight for everything even when three goals down.

West Exe have improved massively this season and have played some outstanding football along the way. To beat the top teams and reach the semi final of the cup has been well deserved. Our first season with  a full size pitch and goal has seen our defence grow in confidence and play well as a unit. Mid-field love the tough games where they get stuck in for a battle and push forward whenever possible. The strikers have taken their opportunities well and have scored some unbelievable goals. To pay three pounds to watch some of the matches this year seems like a bargain. Well done West Exe to a brilliant 2018/19 season and we are all looking forward to an even better 2019/20.

07/05/2019 Exeter Panthers vs U13 Youth



Tuesday 7th May 2019 K.O. 6.30pm

The penultimate game of the season was against this years champions Exeter Panthers, who had only lost one league match.

Panthers came out the blocks running with good early possession and a shot that hit the cross bar. West Exe had a chance after eight minutes following a good spell of passing that resulted in Gracian taking a shot that is blocked by a defender, the ball rebounds to James whose shot has the sting taken out of it by a deflection enabling the keeper to save. Shortly after Panthers have a corner kick. Panthers header the ball at goal and as West Exe attempt to clear the it, the ball is kicked at a Panthers player and rebounds into our own net. 1-0. Conceding this unfortunate goal makes West Exe up the tempo and a couple of minutes later, James tries a speculative shot from just inside the Panthers half. The ball is high and begins to dip but just a little too late as it goes over the cross bar. On fifteen minutes West Exe have a throw in. A great pass by James to Gracian allows him to run past his defender and slot the ball past the keeper. 1-1. From the restart West Exe gain possession and push forward. James hits a belter of a shot with his left foot into the back of the net. 1-2. Again from the restart Seb has a shot at goal but with little power and the ball goes wide. Panthers try a long range shot which Thomas saves. West Exe also try their luck with a long range shot from Mickie, the keeper spills and Seb taps in for our third. 1-3. We are now in complete control and looking dominant. Gracian controls a high ball, beats the keeper takes a shot with his left foot but the ball hits the left hand post and goes out for a goal kick. Twenty five minutes on the clock and James fires another left footed shot that sails past the keeper for yet another goal. 1-4. This is unbelievable football. On the half hour Panthers take a shot. The ball deflects off defender Thomas sending goal keeper Thomas the wrong way. With a quick adjustment and a desperate dive he just about gets a finger tip to the ball. The ball is now slowly heading towards the right hand side of the goal but as it hits the inside of the post the long grass stops the ball before it completely crosses the line. Panthers are now getting frustrated and results in a booking. Just before half time Panthers cross from the left wing, our defence doesn’t clear and they score. 2-4. The half ends with a corner for Panthers, the ball is floated into the box for an unchallenged header that fortunately goes wide.

HT 2-4

West Exe start the second half in fine form. We have an early throw in. Mickie crosses to Gracian who can’t get the ball out from under his feet and the under powered shot is saved. Gracian tries again soon after from a through ball from Archie. He beats two defenders but the shot goes wide. A couple of minutes later James passes to Gracian who is in the penalty box but his attempt is saved by the keeper. After nine minutes and the majority of play by West Exe, Panthers have a run down the right wing. The cross comes in, our defence is struggling to get back in time and Panthers shoot past our keeper. 3-4. A few minutes later and Panthers try a similar move. This time the shot is saved by Thomas. Panthers are starting to take control and force a corner. The ball comes in and they have an unchallenged header to make the score level. 4-4. Surely we can’t lose this now. We almost do in the twenty third minute from another Panthers corner. Their shot is stopped by a great save of an outstretched leg from our keeper. From Thomas’s goal kick high up the pitch, James shoots but it goes across the face of the goal and out. Approaching full time, James has a go from far out on the left wing. The ball rattles the cross bar and falls at Levi’s feet who reacts to get a quick shot off. The keeper gets a finger tip on the ball enabling a defender to clear. We’re into the thirty fifth minute and it’s looking like a draw. We continue battling and force a corner. Seb fires the ball into the penalty area where an unmarked Gracian leaps up and scores with a thunderous bullet header. Amazing scenes. 4-5. West Exe play out time and the game finishes after Levi’s shot is deflected wide.


This was an outstanding match from start to finish. The intensity of play didn’t let up throughout the entire seventy minutes and the way West Exe took hold of the game, especially in the first half was top class. You deserved to win that match and perhaps by a bigger margin. Every single player contributed to a historic victory. Well done.



04/05/2019 Moors Youth vs U13s Youth



Saturday 4th May 2019 K.O. 10.30am

The pitch at Tiverton High School was in good condition and the sun popped out now and then so all was set for a good morning of football. With West Exe and Moors currently 5th and 6th in the table there was all to fight for with only a few matches remaining.

Moors started briskly, with an early run down the right. Their striker’s subsequent shot required Thomas to parry for a corner. A couple of minutes later and West Exe have settled into the match and starting to push forward. Mickie passes the ball through the middle of the Moors defence to Gracjan, who takes a shot but it goes over the cross bar. Sixty seconds later we have made good ground down the left wing. The ball is cut back to Levi who is on the edge of the penalty area and he calmly side foots in for the opening goal of the match. 0-1. A couple of minutes later West Exe lose the ball in mid-field. Moors run towards goal where Thomas runs out to try and force the attacker out wide but the striker shoots and scores. 1-1. From the restart West Exe have another chance. A whipped in cross by Gracjan fizzes across the goal where Dylan couldn’t quite reach to get his head to the ball. The following quarter of an hour goes by without much incident, then following a one-two between Gracjan and Thomas, Gracjan hits the ball right on the sweet spot only for the shot to go inches wide. On twenty five minutes James goes on a run. He runs past a number of Moors players before taking his shot but sends it straight at the keeper. Moors finish the half stronger, with a cross and shot that is cleared off the line by Andreas.

HT 1-1

West Exe begin the second half looking like they want to take all three points from this game. Seb makes good headway down the right wing, crosses it into the box where a scramble ensues and the ball ends up being kicked out for a corner. After six minutes Seb receives a through ball and is one on one with the keeper. He instinctively side foots his shot but it goes wide. West Exe are awarded a free kick in the fourteenth minute out on the left hand side. James goes for the far corner but the ball goes millimeters wide. The twentieth minute has Moors on the break. The ball is played across the penalty box and the shot is not scored due to a great save by Thomas. West Exe try soon after with a long range shot from Levi that goes just over the cross bar. The final chance of the match again comes from Moors on the break. Thomas comes charging out from goal and puts the striker off just enough for the shot to go wide.


This game saw two equally matched sides, cancelling each other out for long periods of the game. Both teams had missed opportunities and a draw seems a fair result. With only two matches remaining against two top teams, if we put in our best effort, determination and commitment we will finish the season on a high. You can do it West Exe. Lets have it.

Thanks Simon