Brixington Blues Under-11s suffered a 3-1 defeat in their Exeter and District Youth League game played at a windswept Dawlish.
Beaten they may have been, but there were plenty of plusses for the Blues to take back to Exmouth with them after the Saturday morning encounter.
The home side started brightly and, boosted by the fact they had the slope – and a strong wind – in their favour, took an early lead with a penalty, the award of which caused a degree of disbelief among the travelling Blues’ supporters.
With the Blues team clearly ‘shaken’ by the spot-kick award they lost shape and conceded two more in quick succession.
However, they did eventually gather themselves and began to play some delightful football, spurred on by some superb wing play from Louis Bersesford and Josh Lawrence.
The fact that Blues did not score before the break owed much to the excellence of the home glovesman.
After the break, Blues continued to play on the front-foot and the goal they so deserved for their inspired efforts came midway through the half with Jack Tidball the scorer.
Blues, with Theo Wright and Jack Gibbings so influential in the middle third of the pitch, continued to be the dominant force throughout the second-half.
Time and again the home goalkeeper denied them and so the game ended with Blues being beaten 3-1.
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