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.

Simon Piper

Father of 3, Harry and Lewis who play in the U9s and 10s respectively for Westexe, and James who is already on the team sheet for the Westexe U7s of the 2023/2024 season! Lifelong lover of football who joined Westexe in 2015 when bringing Lewis to his first training session with Simon Partridge (Head Coach). 4 years later he finds himself a coach of Westexe under 10s and administrator of the club web pages and social media.