Big win for Brixington Blues U16s as young Exmouth side net 11 against Budleigh

Brixington Blues Under-16s proved too strong for a battling Budleigh Salterton when the sides met to contest an Exeter and District Youth League match.

The Exmouth-based Blues were quickly into their stride and game was only in its opening exchanges when the Budleigh glovesman was first called into action to make a smart save to deny Jack Drew-Cull.

Blues again went close when, after a move involving Jake Haggerty, Adam Watts and Luke Paramore that resulted in a Makan Coulibaly shot drifting just wide of the mark.

Despite the early Blues press, it was Budleigh who struck first, netting from close range after a corner was not cleared.

The lead lasted only a short time for, in an instant reply, a corner swung in by Haydon Simpson was headed against the post by Drew-Cull and Oliver Bradley reacted quickest to turn the ball home.

Four minutes later, a Budleigh goal-kick was headed back from the direction in which it came by Haggerty and it was run onto by Drew-Cull who drilled the ball home to make it 2-1.

Two minutes later it was 3-1 and this time Ethan Hawes and Ashton Beck were involved in the build-up prior to Drew-Cull displaying a wonderful first touch before firing home to double his tally.

The Blues’ dominance continued and Reece Alexander and Haggerty were big parts of another slick move prior to Oliver Bradley scoring his side’s fourth goal.

The fifth was goal was a classic team move. It began with the ball at the feet of Lewis Ayley, making a welcome return to action after injury.

He played the ball to Haggerty and it was then moved on and two players playing a year up, Will Lavis and Luke Ewing, and then Haggerty got involved once more before Matt Wonnacott scored to make it 5-1.

Budleigh were denied a second by a wonderful save from Blues’ glovesman Russ Bracey and, when the keeper took a quick goal-kick, the ball reached Haggerty and he played a wonderful long ball to Wonnacott who then took it on and fired it home to make it 6-1.

There was still time in the first-half for yet another wonderful sweeping move that ended with Luke Paramore netting to make it 7-1 at the break.

Nine minutes into the second half, Blues were awarded a penalty and Oscar Gaunt stepped up to drill the ball home.

Drew-Cull then headed wide before Haggerty, Beck and Bradley were all involved in a move that ended with an Ethan Hawes effort coming back off the post where it landed at the feet of Gaunt who rifled it home to make it 9-1.

Goalkeeper Russ Bracey then swapped his gloves for a cameo up top and, when he reached a Drew-Cull cross, his header was marginally wide of him adding his name to the scorers list.

Minutes later a similar move ended with Bracey scoring with a header and there was still time for him to net a second, this time taking a pass from Bradley before firing it past the Budleigh glovesman.

The Blues’ Man of the Match award was shared by Makan Coulibaly, Oliver Bradley and Ethan Hawes.

Blues management pair of Dave Haggerty and Chris Drew-Cull were quick, post match, to praise Budleigh for their battling performance and they wished the Robins plenty of success in the remainder of the season.

Brixington Blues U16s net fine 4-2 win over Mid Devon opposition

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