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.
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.