02/05/2019 U13s vs Okehampton

DIVISION ONE

WEST EXE YOUTH V OKEHAMPTON ARGLE YOUTH U13’s

Thursday 2 May 2019 6.15 KO at Cowick Barton Playing Fields

Written by Russell Luscombe

No referee was available, so Barry stepped in for the first half, followed by Steve.

We pushed hard from the kick-off, with James trying a shotacross goal. A few minutes later, Sully and James pushed fast down the left, but came up short against their defenders.

In the fourth minute, cross gave James a smooth header in – the first of many goals for him! (1-0)

Very soon after, Okehampton equalised. (1-1)

Another solid 1-2 between James and Sully, with the latter coming very close to goal, but stopped by a good defender.James’s next goal followed quickly, with a great right-foot curler. (2-1)

15 minutes in, a long ball from the right by James found Dylan’s head, but the ball went just wide.

A fast run and good cross by Mikey was met by Gracjan, but his shot went just over the bar.

A few minutes later, a high ball by Okehampton from the touch line was easily caught by Thomas. Their keeper was then tested by a long and high cross from Mikey.

Sully then pushed hard down the flank to Dylan, who pushed it just wide. Their No. 20 then scored an own goal. (3-1)

Two solid corners by Mikey gave Tee and Gracjan good headers that the keeper saved well.

Five minutes before half-time, James reached a hat-trick with a huge strike. (4-1)

Within a minute or so, James came back for more, with a goal deflected in after a great set-up by Sully. (5-1) A very strong first half with lots of possession and energy by us.

HT 5-1

The second half began with Tom, Seb and Macjik coming on from subs.

Mikey pushed down the line and had a good shot on target, but the keeper saved it smoothly.

Okehampton were not giving up and Tom held off a tough challenge to clear the ball well.

Ten minutes in, and after a scrappy twenty seconds in the box, Mikey scored. (6-1)

James was once again in the right place for a powerful strike just after another good save – we were starting to look unstoppable. (7-1)

Gracjan then took another of many fast runs, with a smooth shot that went just wide, soon followed by another goal by James. (8-1)

Andreas had a very close chance when his bullet header wascleared from the line.

Tom had come on from subs and had a good push to battle with one of their better defenders, soon followed by shots on goal by Macjik and Levi that went slightly wide.

Levi and Tom pushed up with good passing, which led to a corner for Mikey that Levi headed in comfortably. (9-1)

Okehampton’s no. 6 was consistently on top form and pushed up fast to get past Thomas for a well-deserved goal. (9-2) Another top shot by the same forward forced a brilliant save by Thomas over the bar.

Seb had a lively half and made a smooth shot count. (10-2)

Five minutes before full-time, Sully was substituted for Gracjan and had a solid strike on goal that clipped thecrossbar, followed by Tom’s higher shot that the keeper stopped.

Okehampton weren’t done in yet and made a simple but effective short ball in. (10-3)

A fantastic result by Westexe and all our players should feel proud!

27/04/2019 U13s vs Exeter Panthers

 

DIVISION ONE

WEST EXE YOUTH V EXETER PANTHERS AFC U13’s

Saturday 27th April 2019 K.O. 10.30am

Report by Geoff Bland

Exeter Panthers are the current league leaders having lost only one game so far this season and have also made it through to the cup final, so this game was going to be a good indication of where our strengths and weaknesses are. The weather conditions also weren’t favourable with strong 40/50 mph winds. One good thing though was since our last match on Wednesday evening the pitch had been cut and the lines painted.

Straight from the kick off Panthers were at us. Within the first couple of minutes Panthers had a shot from the right hand side of the penalty area that went past our stranded goal keeper Thomas to open the scoring. 0-1. Not the start we wanted but somehow it seemed to settle us. West Exe began to get into the game and after five minutes Mickie saw a chance with the Panther’s keeper off his line. Mickie shoots but the keeper runs back to stop the ball inches from crossing the goal line. A couple of minutes later James crosses the ball to Gracjan, who hits a volley that goes just wide. A quarter of an hour in and Gracjan has another chance. He swerves past a defender and shoots for what looks like a sure equaliser but the keeper just gets a hand to the ball to tip it over for a corner. In the nineteenth minute Mickie has a long range shot from 35 yards out. The ball moves about in the strong wind and goes through the keeper’s hands to make it 1-1. Sixty seconds later West Exe make a number of good one touch passes enabling Mickie to shoot, the ball rebounds off the keeper for Gracjan to have a go but the shot goes over the cross bar. West Exe pile on more pressure with Levi making a good pass to Mickie on the wing who crosses the ball into the Panther’s penalty area but a charging Dylan couldn’t quite reach to head the ball. In the twenty eighth minute West Exe are awarded a free kick out on the left wing. James hits the ball just in front of the keeper but it bounces up and over the cross bar.  The goal kick lands to Sulai who’s subsequent shot is deflected but the keeper still made the save. Just after the half hour mark Mickie has the ball and is in a similar position from where he scored earlier in the match. No harm in trying it again. This time he hits an absolute beauty. The ball fizzes over the keeper and dips just under the cross bar for West Exe to take a well deserved lead. 2-1. Panther’s finish the half with a run down the right wing and a shot that goes over the bar.

HT 2-1

With the wind behind them, Panther’s have the majority of the possession and territory in the second half. Within five minutes they had drawn level from a whipped in corner that was headed in from the near post. 2-2. A few minutes later they pass a through ball past our defence. Thomas runs out from goal and puts the striker off enough for the shot to go wide. Panther’s have another corner a couple of minutes later which gets knocked into our net for an unfortunate own goal. 2-3. We have a couple of chances just past the quarter hour mark. Seb runs through into the box but shoots over the cross bar. Then a pass from Gracjan to Seb gives him another chance but this time the keeper saves. With seven minutes remaining Gracjan chases after a through ball but it runs on for the keeper to dive on. West Exe look to be getting tired which starts to show as Panther’s push to put the game to bed. Goal keeper Thomas comes out to force a shot wide but on half an hour a through ball by Panther’s leaves the striker one on one with Thomas. He comes out and makes a splendid short range save but the rebounded ball isn’t cleared and Panther’s score. 2-4. A minute later Panther’s play a similar through ball which this time gets slotted past our keeper. 2-5.

FULL TIME 2-5

This was always going to be our toughest test of the season and although we got off to a shaky start, we re-grouped and had the better of the play in the first half. A couple of unfortunate errors and tiredness in the second half gave Panther’s the win but West Exe gave them a good game and pushed them to the end. West Exe should be proud of the effort and performance they put in and achieved something very few teams have this year by taking the lead against a top team like Panther’s.

Thanks

Geoff.

28/04/2019 U12s Girls vs Cullompton

West Exe U12 Girls vs Cullompton U12 28/04/19 (Friendly)

Perfect playing condtions on a recently cut pitch and a geat turnout of 11 keen players and it was ‘game-on’ against Cullompton. The team started well, adjusting not only to the new bigger pitch and bigger goals but the tricky offside rule. The run of play was fairly even from the start but Misha got stuck in central midfield making her presence felt.  Pheobe had a relatively quiet time in goal but made some good saves when required. Amelia was undeterred by girls almost twice the size of her bearing down on her for a tackle and made some great passes. Emily, in only her second outing for West Exe contributed well and picked up some valuable experience. Good job Emily. Alisha put in an solid performance tackling players and retaining composure on the ball and saved us several times in defence.

Sophia made a couple of good runs down the left-hand side from training ground practice and crossed them beautifully into the box and also almost scored herself. Rayanna took a David-Beckham type shot from inside her own half-way line that ended up at the goalies feet.

Maisy made her presence felt in the back four in a John Terry type role with a reassuringly safe performance of clearances and increasing confidence on the ball. Several of the girls were confident to head a flying ball and try and control it – well done.

The half-time whistle blew with a satisfyingly clean-sheet for West Exe 0-0 and all to play for in the second half.

With all the girls tiring on the large pitch they were rotated in quick succession using 2 substitutes (what a novelty!) giving all girls good game-time. A brief opportunity gave Cullompton a goal half-way through the second half. 1-0 to Cullompton. Not despondent but all looking slightly tired West Exe went on the attack. Rayanna made three free-kick long balls to Jess in quick succession who made some fast runs into the box and almost scored. 

Holly and Beth both worked hard in midfield making chances and positioning themselves so that they did not get caught out by the offside trap. Only a couple of infringements were made throughout the match which shows that we are learning the subtleties of the rule.

Considering we lost 4-1 last time we met Cullompton this was an excellent effort and the final result of 1-0 to Cullompton could easily have gone the other way. Woman of the match was awarded to Misha for her great all round contribution today: well done Misha!

Also thanks to Will the impartial linesman!

Under 12/13s Players Wanted

Westexe wolves

Were you born, or have a child who was born between September 2006 and August 2007??? Keen footballer and looking for a team?

Westexe U12s moving to U13s are currently looking for experienced players to join there squad as they start to play 11aside next season. 

We currently train at westexe school on Monday nights 7-8pm 

Until the end of April, then we train on Barton fields. 

Our home ground next season will be at Tedburn st Mary which has great changing room facilities and refreshments readily available. 

All our coaches are all level 1 trained and full up to date with there DBS and safeguarding course, we are a chartered standard club that focuses on development through fun. 

If your son or daughter is interested please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Regards

Mike Sealey 

(Westexe U12’s manager )

07954 784953

24/04/2019 U13s vs Brixington

DIVISION ONE

WEST EXE YOUTH V BRIXINGTON BLUES YOUTH U13’s

Wednesday 24th April 2019 K.O. 6.30pm

Report by Geoff Bland

This was the third time this season to play against Brixington having won the previous two meetings in the cup and league. We had a full squad apart from Thomas in defence but our biggest concern was the condition of the pitch, which had not been cut and the white paint lines were barely visible. However, the referee was happy for the match to go ahead and the spectators were going to be in for a treat.

The game started off at a frantic pace with end to end play in the first five minutes. Dylan had a chance a few minutes in and was one on one with the keeper who managed to dive on the ball. A minute later Brixington had a corner, which was volleyed and required our goal keeper Thomas to make a fine save. In the twelfth minute Gracjan runs through with the ball and collides with the Brixington keeper but manages to stay on his feet, enabling him to have a shot from out wide in the penalty box but the attempt goes just wide. After quarter of an hour Brixington pass a long through ball into our half. Thomas runs out from goal but is beaten to the ball and Brixington shoot at an open net. James read the situation and ran through into the goal area and headed the ball off the line. A few seconds later Brixington try again, this time from a cross from the right wing into the box. The Brixington striker shoots but Thomas makes a great save from close range. On twenty minutes West Exe fail to clear the ball from their area. Brixington pounce and lob Thomas to score the opener. 0-1. Straight from the kick off Brixington make a few decisive passes to get into our area and shoot requiring another fine save from Thomas. A few seconds later Brixington run down the right wing, the player cuts in and shoots past Thomas for their second. 0-2. West Exe now realise that if they want to keep their unbeaten record against Brixington this season, they need to pull together as a team. They have a go ten minutes from half time with some good passing which opens up an opportunity for Gracjan, who pulls the keeper out wide but the subsequent shot goes just over the cross bar. On thirty minutes Mickie has a shot which the keeper fumbles but manages to regather it as Dylan runs in.

HT 0-2

Straight from the start of the second half it was clear to see that West Exe were not giving up. Within the first minute James had an shot saved by the keeper. West Exe were having more of the possession and territory and in the ninth minute a one-two between Seb And Gracjan opened up the Brixington defence, enabling Magic to have a shot but it hit the post and was cleared to safety. It was starting to feel that it just wasn’t going to be our day but in the twelfth minute James back in defence thumps the ball high into the air towards the Brixington penalty area. The keeper comes out to gather the ball but losses it’s flight and palms the ball back into his own net. 1-2. West Exe continue with the pressure but in the twenty second minute Brixington have a free kick just outside our box. The shot is heading straight for the top right hand corner of the goal but Thomas somehow manages to get across and with a diving, outstretched arm tips the ball over the cross bar for a corner. An outstanding save. The next ten minutes sees a lot of West Exe possession but with very few opportunities to shoot due to a well organised Brixington defence. In the thirty third minute Mickie has a speculative shot from just inside the Brixington half. The ball bounces just in front of the goal keeper and it rolls past him for West Exe’s equalizer. 2-2. The final couple of minutes of the match was spent mainly in our own half and determinedly trying to hold out for a draw.

FULL TIME 2-2

This was a tough, physical match on a pitch that didn’t help our passing game.We battled through and came out with a well deserved point. The game showed how much our team has improved this season. In previous years heads would have dropped having gone two-nil down but it shows what a never-give-up attitude can bring.  Well done West Exe.

04/04/2019 North Tawton vs U13s

DIVISION ONE

NORTH TAWTON V WEST EXE YOUTH U13’s

Thursday 4th April 2019 K.O. 6.30pm

Report by Geoff Bland

Thursday evening saw a trip out into the countryside to play North Tawton. Having beaten Brixington in our previous match our confidence was high but straight from the kick off it was clear that North Tawton weren’t just there to make up the numbers. They immediately pressurized and looked to push forward whenever possible. An early shot went just wide and then in the seventh minute North Tawton have a free kick in our half out on the right wing. The ball comes in high, so goal keeper Thomas jumps to claim it but losses possession as the ball lands at the feet of their player to tap in for the opening goal. 1-0. West Exe gradually come into the match and are encouraged in the eleventh minute with a through ball to Gracjan, who is one on one with the keeper, he shoots and the keeper makes a brilliant save and receives a well deserved round of applause. North Tawton had a fast running striker up front and in the seventeenth minute he ran onto a good through ball to slot past our keeper to double their lead. 2-0. James had a long range shot saved almost straight from the restart. A few minutes later Gracjan runs through, past a couple of defenders but shoots wide. Sixty seconds later West Exe play an almost identical move but this time the shot goes over the cross bar. Just before half time Mickie takes a corner, sending the ball to James who scores to reduce North Tawton’s advantage. 2-1.

HT 2-1

Early in the second half Seb has a half chance but the keeper claims the ball. A couple of minutes later James runs with the ball from out on the right wing into the box, he rounds the keeper but shoots just wide from a narrow angle. The twelfth minute sees James float the ball into the box, the keeper tries to claim it but mishandles and leaves Seb with a nice easy tap in. 2-2. The score line doesn’t remain level for long as from the restart, North Tawton send a long ball into our half, past our defence to score their third. 3-2. Not long after West Exe have the ball in the opponents box, where a mad scramble ensues but eventually the ball gets cleared. West Exe have another chance in the seventeenth minute when North Tawton’s keeper comes to gather a soft shot but fumbles the ball for Seb to shoot but it goes inches wide. A few moments later there is another scramble inside the North Tawton box but again the ball ends up being cleared. North Tawton have a shot moments later but it goes high over the cross bar. The game is getting close to full time but West Exe start pilling on the pressure. A run down the right wing by Seb in the thirty third minute enables him to cross the ball to Gracjan and as the keeper dives in for the ball, Gracjan side foots past him to score into the empty net. 3-3. In the last minute of the game West Exe almost took the win from a lovely through ball by James but Gracjan and Seb get in each others way and the keeper is able to claim the ball.

FULL TIME 3-3

There are no easy games in this division. This was a tough game with a quick striker that kept our defence on their toes. North Tawton pressurized for every loose ball and were eager to regain possession, giving our mid-field little time on the ball. West Exe showed good team spirit and determination to come back and draw the game, almost winning it in the closing seconds. Well done West Exe.

little worse for wear

30/03/2019 Brixington vs U13s

DIVISION ONE

BRIXINGTON BLUES V WEST EXE YOUTH U13’s

Saturday 30th March 2019 K.O. 10.00am

After the disappointment of the defeat mid-week in the cup, we had a tough match ahead against top of the table Brixington. Brixington got off to a good start with an early run down the left wing and a shot that ended up in the side netting. A moment later James had a long range shot saved by the keeper. Sixty seconds later and the ball was back in our own half where Brixington tried their luck at a long range shot that West Exe keeper Thomas parried out for a corner. The following twelve minutes sees West Exe have the majority of the possession and territory, with a through ball to Dylan, who is one on one with the keeper and makes a fine save. In the eighteenth minute a Brixington striker looses our defence. Goal keeper Thomas charges out and stays big, forcing the strikers shot wide. Twenty five minutes in sees a high ball in from the right wing. Ellen, with her back to goal, kicks the ball over her head towards the goal. The ball is cleared where James hits a peach of a volley, with swerve on it that sends it off the inside of the right hand post and in for a goal. 0-1. In the thirty first minute there is a herd of players swarming around the ball in midfield. The ball comes out in the direction of our goal where it’s a race between our keeper and there player. Thomas wins the race and clears to safety. Just on half time Mickie takes a corner, sending the ball right into the box where Levi jumps higher than everyone else and scores with a great header. 0-2.

HT 0-2

Two minutes into the second half, James collects the ball from a throw in and then proceeds to dodge a couple of Brixington defenders and shoots but the keeper makes a fine save with his feet. Five minutes in and Ellen passes the ball to James who is out on the left wing. He runs down the line and then superbly lobs the keeper to score. 0-3. On seven minutes Brixington run through but Tee chases back, catching up with the attacker and makes a fantastic tackle. West Exe are now looking confident and it shows in the tenth minute with a lovely one-two between Mickie and Levi. Mickie whips in a corker of a shot where the keeper mishandles the save and the ball ends up in the top left hand corner of the net. 0-4. West Exe are now flying and come close with Gracjan one on one with the keeper but he makes a really good save. A moment later and the game all but won. James hits a cracker of a shot, low and hard into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. 0-5. West Exe ease off for the remainder of the match which gives Brixington a couple of chances. From a Brixington corner the ball comes out to their striker where Tee charges down a powerful shot. In the twenty eighth minute Brixington cross the ball in from the left wing and their striker hits the ball hard from just inside the box. Thomas makes a fantastic save and the ball goes out for a corner. After half an hour Brixington score. They play a through ball that Thomas runs out to clear but is beaten to the ball by their striker. He lobs Thomas and with the ball heading towards goal, Tee chases after it. Running towards his own net, Tee tries to clear it but it bounces off the underside of the cross bar and over the line. Excellent attempt and commitment Tee. 1-5. The game finishes with some lovely passing by West Exe. James is one on one with the keeper and tries the sweaty move but plays the ball too hard and it goes out for the final whistle.

FULL TIME 1-5

I cannot praise the team’s performance high enough. Every player one the pitch was superb. Thomas, Tee, Archie and Andreas in defence were all outstanding. The wingers made up ground when given the opportunity, James and Levi pounced and pressurized on everything that came near them. Dylan kept the Brixington defenders on their toes and although Gracjan didn’t score he battled all game long against a tall defender, opening up their defence and allowing others score. A truly great performance. Well done West Exe. Proper Job.

03/04/2019 U10s vs N Tawton Cup Semi Final

Exeter and District Cup Semi Final

Westexe U10s vs North Tawton City

 

Under floodlights at the great facility provided by Axminster Town late on Wednesday evening, our Under 10s prepared to face North Tawton.

The nerves of the occasion were clear to see but we worked hard at relaxing the squad in the hope their performances would match those of late.

The game kicked off late (8:20pm) and the contest was good. North Tawton better at keeping the ball but faced with a solid defence had their own problems dealing with the Westexe break, much akin to the Salah, Firmino and Mane trio now in the form of Charlie, Jayden and Lucas.

HT 0-0

The 2nd half saw North Tawton turn the screw and net their first after 5 minutes. The pain in the Westexe players faces was instantly clear to see and unfortunately that saw the beginning of the end of the Wolves fantastic cup run.

Nothing should be taken away from our boys in blue and neither should anything be taken from North Tawton, booking their deserved place in the Final as the better team on the day.

The day was topped with some lovely words from North Tawton Coach Steve who picked the boys up after a crushing defeat.

Great support from the sidelines and a fantastic experience for all involved.

 

Final score 0-5

27/03/2019 U13s Youth vs Ottery Semi Final

LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL

WEST EXE YOUTH v OTTERY ST MARY YOUTH u13’S

Wednesday 27th March 2019 K.O. 6:30pm

Report by Geoff Bland

After winning against Ottery at the weekend we now have the challenge of playing them again in the semi final of the cup. The game was played on a mutual ground at Cullompton under flood lights. Even though we won on Saturday we knew this would be another difficult game with both our new signings cup tied but we had Thomas returning in defence and Seb up front so the anticipation was high. The game started well with an early run down the right wing by James who crossed the ball in to Ellen but shot just wide. The game settled down with Ottery gaining more of the possession and forcing our defence deeper. In the tenth minute Ottery had a corner. The ball was whipped into our box which West Exe dealt with an excellent clearance header. The ball landed outside the box for an Ottery player to hit a low, hard shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. 0-1. A couple of minutes later Levi had a long range shot that went just wide. On twenty two minutes Archie has a great run down the right and puts in a lovely cross forcing an Ottery defender to header the ball away. The remainder of the first half saw Ottery closing down our players quickly and pushing forward with every opportunity whilst West Exe tried hitting them on the break. Mickie and Levi both have a few long range attempts that go wide or over the crossbar. Right on half time Mickie takes a corner and James jumps up high to header but it goes inches wide.

HT 0-1

The game plateaued for a while at the start of the second half until in the tenth minute the Ottery keeper saved a 20 yard shot from Ellen. A couple of minutes later sees some lovely West Exe play. James runs past three Ottery players and passes the ball out to Mickie who shoots a hard shot into the back of the net but the flag went up for offside. Another couple of minutes later and Mickie takes a free kick, whipping the ball into the box. A mad scramble ensues, climaxing with a shot by Seb that gets cleared. In the sixteenth minute Ottery play a through ball but our keeper Thomas manages to tackle the player at the cost of being studded on the foot. James claims the loose ball and in an attempt to clear he pulls a muscle in his leg. After eighteen minutes Ottery hit a long range shot from outside the box. The ball bobbles in front of Thomas, hits his leg and through into the goal. 0-2. James struggles on for a little while longer but his injury forces him to come off. In the twenty sixth minute Ottery shoot forcing Thomas to make a great save, the ball rebounds for Ottery to have another go which Thomas then smothers. The tempo died off in the last few minutes with Ottery looking to hold onto their lead. West Exe tried pushing forward but it just wasn’t their day.

Full Time 0-2

West Exe should be extremely proud in reaching the semi final. They played some outstanding football along the way and if they continue to improve like they have done over the past few years then it’s only a matter of time until we win the cup.

Under 10’s Wolves – Cup Semi-Final

West Exe Wolves Under 10s –

Cup Semi Final

Our under 10’s have also made it through to the cup semi-finals and will be facing North Tawton City U10’s.

The tie will be played at Axminster Town FC, Tiger Way, Chard Road Axminster Devon. EX13 5HN on Wednesday 3rd April at the revised time of 19:30ko.

Having faced North Tawton United in the quarter final the Wolves are only to aware of the talent their opponents possess, and is sure to be a great spectacle of foundation level football.

Hope to see you all there in support!