27/03/2019 U13s Youth vs Ottery Semi Final



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.

Devon FA Football Awards

On the evening of Thursday 2nd June, at Exeter Racecourse, representatives from our club attended the new Devon FA Football Awards, an amalgamation of the Devon FA Community Awards and the Throgmorton Referee awards.

The Devon FA Football Awards, hosted this year by BBC Spotlight’s David Fitzgerald, recognise and reward grassroots referees, coaches, clubs, leagues and their volunteers from across Devon with several awards on the night including Charter Standard Club, Development Club and Community Club of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Referee of the Year.

We are very proud to announce that our head coach, Simon Partridge, was awarded Volunteer of the Year, due in no small part to the incredible amount of work he put in to make our recent FORCE and CLIC Sargent Charity Day such a success.

Simon in the Soak the Coach stand at our FORCE and CLIC Sargent Charity Day, 22nd May 2016
Simon in the “Soak the Coach” event at our FORCE and CLIC Sargent Charity Day, 22nd May 2016

Not only that, but West Exe were voted Highly Commended Charter Standard Development Club of the Year.

Following Simon’s presentation a collection was made to add to the funds collected so far from the charity day. A total of £350 was raised from donations by those present!

Congratulations to Simon, and also to every one of you who has contributed to making this such a fantastic club.

Under 14 Warriors lose to Culm Sampford Tigers in cup final

Yesterday evening our Under 14 Warriors played Culm Sampford United Under 14 Tigers in the final of the Graddon Vending Devon Under 14 Boys Cup.

West Exe Under 14 Warriors v Culm Sampford United Under 14 Tigers in the Graddon Vending Devon Under 14 Boys Cup Final, 22nd March 2016. Photo kindly provided by MiraclePR
West Exe Under 14 Warriors v Culm Sampford United Under 14 Tigers in the Graddon Vending Devon Under 14 Boys Cup Final, 22nd March 2016. © MiraclePR

The Warriors started the game well, and for the first 5 to 10 minutes Culm Sampford struggled to get the ball out of their own half.

However a counter attack always looked possible, and the Tigers soon fired a warning shot when they hit the post from a quick break. Minutes later another break saw them score the first of their 7 goals.

Around this point in the game the Warriors’ defender George was injured and had to come off, eventually being taken to hospital on suspicion of a concussion.

The score was 4-0 to the Tigers at half time.

The Warriors started the second half brightly, and looked favourites to get the next goal; however it was not to be.

The game eventually finished 7-0, the final 3 goals all coming toward the end of the second half, when the Warriors were visibly tired.

Unfortunately the Warriors were struggling for players, and could only muster one substitute, who was exhausted early replacing the injured defender. This was in contrast to Culm Sampford, who brought 5, and made good use of the rolling substitutions throughout the 80 minute game.

That is to take nothing away from the Tigers though, who played very well and looked enthusiastic and bright throughout the whole game, which was played in good spirits, to both teams’ credit.

Congratulations to the Culm Sampford United Under 14 Tigers, and commiserations to our Warriors, who are currently lying third in the Exeter & District Under 14s Division 1, behind the Tigers in second.

Many thanks to MiraclePR for the use of their image. Photos from the game be be viewed and purchased online.

Graddon Vending Devon Under 14 Boys Cup Final

Please note: kick-off has been changed to 7:15pm, and is not 7:30pm as stated on the poster below!


West Exe Warriors vs Culm Sampford Tigers


Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 7:15pm (not 7:30pm!)


Type Price
Adults £3.50
Concessions £1.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £8.00

Devon FA Player Registration Cards will receive a discount.

50p per entry fee will be donated to Brain Tumour Research – The Devon FA’s 2015/16 charity.