19/01/2019 North Tawton vs U10s Wolves

Match Report 19/01/2019

North Tawton United vs West Exe Wolves U10s

Cup QF

Match Report by Simon Piper

It was clear to see on arrival that nerves had the potential to get the better of some of our players. The warm up focused on eliminating these fears and a word in the ear of many to believe in their ability and not to fear making mistakes.

The players picked their starting line up and formation, opting for the favoured 3-2-1 Christmas tree formation.

Play started at 10:30am with a strong start from Wolves, quickly settling into their usual passing game; the confidence was there as I had hoped!

North Tawton also started well and the central number 8 was quickly proving to be a handful with his ability to side step a tackle with ease.

After having a couple of shots at the Tawton goal the first stand out moment was from keeper Josh’s decision to sprint out of his area to perfectly eliminate a 1 on 1 opportunity for the Tawton striker, charging out with an intent that made sure the ball was his and no-one else’s.

From the subsequent throw-in Westexe managed to immediately win back possession and play through all three zones of Def, Mid and Attack for Charlie to grab the first goal and ease the nerves of the parents!

0-1 West Exe

The goal seemed to fuel the boys desire to attack, and attack they did!

Jayden picking up the ball and confidently beating his man every time he gained possession and expertly offloading the ball to his midfield partner Lewis or striker Charlie, the 3 of them very in tune with each other’s runs.

Half time came to applause from all spectators who were being treated to quite the spectacle of youth football.

More words of encouragement and a half time orange saw the boys restart the second half now facing down the slightly sloped pitch.

North Tawton were far from beat although they simply could not break through the brick wall built by Finnley and captain Lucas controlled expertly well by CB Ben.

Bens ability to pickpocket every attacking player was a joy to watch, a player very in control of his feet with excellent timing of a tackle and interception. Even when Tawton managed to get past Ben, Lucas was on hand to sweep up behind showing everyone how well they have gelled as a team.

In Central Midfield the engine room was working hard with Lewis seemingly in 2 places at the same time all of the time! Breaking forwards and recovering with power and pace.

It was from a corner which Lewis headed the ball into the net 0-2 West Exe.

The clock was ticking, the semi final within reach. A North Tawton player fired a shot from distance, deflected up off a defender and out of reach of Josh to make it 1-2.

West Exe defended well and saw the game out deserved winners against a very good North Tawton side. We now face Brixington, Stoke Hill or North Tawton City in the Semi finals on 2nd March

A very very proud coach.

12/01/2019 U13 Youth v North Tawton

WEST EXE YOUTH V NORTH TAWTON u13’s

12th January 2019 KO 10.30

Match report by Geoff Bland

The pitch at Barton Fields was in reasonable condition but could do with a roll and there are some bare areas in front of both goals. The game started fairly evenly with West Exe gradually having greater possession. This resulted in their first real attempt after six minutes with a strike from Mickie which was well saved by the North Tawton keeper. A minute later we have a corner which Mickie takes with a floated ball into the area for Levi to get on the end and find the net. 1-0. A couple of minutes later North Tawton come close to equalising but Thomas pulls off a wonderful save. The remainder of the half sees both teams cancelling each other out and trying to hit each other on the break. Ellen makes a good tackle followed by a shot that’s saved and Dylan makes an effort in the 26th Minute.

HT 1-0

The second half sees West Exe come out fighting with more enthusiasm and determination. They push forward and apply good pressure with a shot from James being saved and another from Dylan going just wide. Ten minutes in and a through ball to Dylan puts him in with a chance, which he takes confidently. 2-0. West Exe continue to dominate with a shot from Mickie going just wide and a good run from Levi ending with the ball going across the goal and out for a goal kick. North Tawton slowly come back into the game and a through ball catches out our defence and they score. 2-1. This is followed by a period of good pressure by North Tawton with one shot being tipped onto the cross bar by Thomas and a mad scramble in the box before finally being cleared. Phew. West Exe build again for the final ten minutes not wanting to lose their advantage. James runs almost the full length of the pitch but shoots just wide. In the last minute of play West Exe have a corner. Mickie whips in a great ball for Levi to sore above everyone around him and head the ball into the back of the net. However, upon taking the corner kick the corner flag was taken out the ground and the goal is disallowed.

Full Time 2-1

An important win for West Exe in a game that showed good determination and team play. The defence worked hard against a team that liked the long ball and some hard tackling.