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!

03/03/2019 Newton Fire vs West Exe Girls U12s

 

Newton Fire Girls U12 vs West Exe Girls U12  – 03/03/19

A full team of 12 eager girls paid a  very wet and windy visit to Newton Abbot for the final league match of the season.  Despite the rain, the pitch was very playable. Phoebe was kept busy immediately and saved some spectacular shots over the bar from free-kicks and long-distance attempts. Newton Fire whirlwind striker Cody did not have it all her own way with some robust interceptions from Maisy and Suki and some good marking from the other girls.

Jess had an amusing battle with a Newton opponent which saw her loose the ball to a tackle but catch the opponent up and stop the ball, pirouette 180 degrees and make off in the opposite direction! A great piece of athleticism and grit Jess! Newton had the better half and 3 goals from Cody made it 3-0 at half-time. 

The second half saw a still enthused side try to pull it back. Misha had a shot on goal. Meanwhile, Cody got another 2 in making it 5-0. 

In what we now know as “the magical 10 minutes” that seems to happen whenever we are losing badly the girls collectively went forward on full-attack mode and Rayanna got one through the goalkeeper’s legs from a long-distance Maisy pass. Beth bashed another one in a few minutes later. Sophia also had a good strike at goal and was unlucky for it not to go in.

The “10 minutes” were up and Cody got another one in from a superb long-distance shot making it 6-2.

Special mention to new girls Lilly, Amelia and Emily who all got stuck in and contributed strongly. For some, it was their first ever competitive match. Well done girls.

Woman of the match went to Rayanna.

Message from manger Martin. 

The girls were outstanding in today’s match. 1 goal should of been disallowed. I couldn’t be more prouder of a great growing bunch of young girls we have. They didn’t stop today and the new girls should be so proud, they have fitted in so well and done so well in there first match.

Onto the 9v9 ?. Keep up the good work ladies.

20/01/2019 U12s Girls vs Twyford

Twyford Spartans U12 vs West Exe Girls U12  – 20/01/19

The team travelled to Bickleigh for the match against Twyford Spartans on an overcast but otherwise very playable day.  Although playing on a much larger pitch than we were used to the girls did their best. Despite some Premiership-level  tackling from Maisy, Twyford put  us under pressure and unfortunately several goals ended in the back of Phoebe’s net despite valiant her efforts and some brave saves.  Beth had a good game, moving the ball forward down the line and making the most of the space.

Phoebe’s mud-splattered kit revealed the true defending and saving going on at the West Exe end and we were 5-0 down at half-time.

The second-half started with Phoebe and Misha swopping roles. Misha made some energetic saves including catching the ball with both feet while lying on the ground which will probably never be replicated in a FA match ever again. Collectively the girls were tiring and a couple of clearly talented Spartans increased the final score to 8-0.

No West Exe player could be singled out so the (Wo)man-of the match went to the complete team.

Some of the team retired to the Fishermans Cot and enjoyed the river views over some J2Os. The girls showed the true spirit of the game by enjoying each others company more than the result and the Awesome Eight’ march on.

Fixtures 19/01/2019

Next up ? 19/01/19

U9s Cup ?

vs Crediton

?Barton Fields

⏰10:30

 

U10s Cup ?

vs North Tawton

?North Tawton 

⏰10:30

 

U13s Rangers

vs Honiton

?Honiton

⏰10:30

 

U14s 

vs Honiton

?Tedburn St Mary

⏰10:00

 

?20/01/2019

U12s Girls

vs Twyford Spartans

?Bickleigh FC

⏰10:30

 

U14s Girls

vs Budleigh Salterton

?Barton Fields

⏰14:00

06/01/2019 U12s Girls 0-2 Culm Sampford

West Exe Girls U12  vs Culm Sampford U12 – 06/01/19

 

A fresh but dry start to the New Year as West Exe entertained Culm Sampford at Barton Playing Fields. Play was fairly even from the start with some pressing and connected football from Sampford leading to a few chances that kept Phoebe busy. A nice knock-on ball from Maisy to Jess led to an early chance. Jess had a great game and it will surely not be long before she scores or assists. Beth battled with her opposite number at Right Back and it was great to see her driving the ball down the line on several occasions.  A foul and indirect free kick close to the goal-mouth was scrambled away and half-time ended at 0-0 and still all to play for.

 

Within a few minutes of the second half Sampford scored and the pace of the game slowed somewhat. Suki showed off her dribbling and ball procession skills that improve every match. Maisy made some great interceptions, picking the optimum moment to take the ball off the opposing player like a lion hunting down a gazelle. Misha was her usual animated self, working hard and causing problems for the opposition which led to a couple of good attempts at goal.

Sampford scored again and although West Exe had some good play including Rayanna hitting the post in the last few minutes of the game it was not to be. A fair result, 2-0 to Sampford.

 

(Wo)Man-of the match went to Bethany for new new-found confidence and aggressive tackling. Well done Beth!

 

Fixtures 05/01/2019

Next up ? 05/01/2019

 

U9s ? Cup

vs Culm Valley UTD

?Barton Fields

⏰ 10:30

 

U11s league

vs Heavitree

?Hamlin Lane

⏰ 10:30

 

U12s Wolves ? Cup

vs Cullompton

?Cullompton main

⏰10:30

 

U13s Youth

vs Crediton

?Crediton

⏰10:30

 

U13s Rangers

vs Sidmouth

?Tedburn 

⏰10:30

 

?? PLATE ??

U14s 

vs Copplestone 

?Tedburn 

⏰10:30

 

06/01/2019

U12s Girls

vs Culm

?Cowick Barton

⏰14:00

16/12/2018 U12s Girls 0-10 Crediton U12s Girls

West Exe Girls U12  vs Crediton Girls U12 – 16/12/18

By Martin Salter

In what was always going to be a difficult match the girls all seven girls turned out with Misha on the sidelines nursing a shoulder injury. Crediton put in lots of connected passes and before half-time they were 5-0 up despite valiant efforts from Phoebe to the contrary with at least 7 effective and at times very brave saves.

With the ball barely leaving the West Exe part of the field in the second half another four goals made this one-sided game 10-0. One noteworthy high-point by a vastly improved Jess with a strong run on goal with the ball at her feet that could  have been her debut, which now seems only a matter of time.

 

All the girls tried hard in difficult circumstances.

(Wo)Man-of the match was awarded to Jess for her lightening  performance  throughout the game.

 

“Its football Jim but not as we know it…”

09/12/2018 – Ottery St Mary Girls 1-2 Westexe U12s Girls

 

Ottery Mary FC U12 vs West Exe U12 GIRLS – 09/12/18

 

After a brief discussion about goal and pitch sizes, the Super Seven (reduced by one from the Awesome Eight) lined up in expectation of a fairly balanced game based on the previous recent  encounter with Ottery. The first half bore this out with most action in the West Exe half and some gallant efforts by Misha, Maisy and Jess to keep a clean sheet until half-time. Some great holding play and connected passes from Beth linking up with Suki and Jess led to some chances. Also noteworthy was the assertive play from Jess and the ever present grafter Maisy together with numerous great saves from Misha (8+) which kept us at 0-0 and still in the game.

 

A motivational talk by Martin and the girls lined up for the second-half. However Ottery slipped in a great shot and left us  behind at 1-0.  Undaunted, Rayanna  got the ball and after a brief run forwards, lobbed it into the top left hand corner from 15 yards, a shot in the making all season.

All of a sudden we had a game on and in the unfamiliar territory of a draw could we dare to hope for an equaliser? The next 10 minutes were full of chances for West Exe, Sophia chased the ball towards the goalie several times and narrowly missed scoring her debut.

 

A confident Suki already great at holding onto the ball under pressure  took a great shot from 10 yards toe-punting it in with a force that said ‘this is going in’. At 2-1 and 10 minutes to go we dared to dream. Cue much agitation and encouragement on the West Exe sidelines as we endured a lingering last 10 minutes worthy of an England World Cup Semi-final. The girls stepped up and defended well and even cleared it to open up chances for another goal. Despite tired legs and no subs all girls put in 100% effort in the last few minutes to ensure the win.

 

The final whistle saw celebration scenes not seen at a West Exe match for several years!

 

(Wo)Man-of the match was awarded to Misha for her dynamic performance throughout the game –  Great work Misha!

 

Bring it on Crediton.