Academy players shine in Exeter friendly

Weston FC v Exeter City.

Weston FC v Exeter City. - Credit: Archant

Weston’s squad, containing several Academy players, gave an excellent account of themselves against Exeter’s youngsters.



WESTON’S squad, containing several Academy players, gave an excellent account of themselves against Exeter’s youngsters, many of whom have tasted first team football.

The home side had as much of the midfield play and created several good chances, but unfortunately conceded three rather soft goals when they lost concentration.

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The visitors forced an early corner, but in their first attack on seven minutes, Weston came close. A fast break down the right, involving man of the match Bradley Ash and new signing from Hereford United Louis Feeley, saw Feeley force Exeter keeper to go full length to concede Weston’s first corner with a strong low effort.

The visitors broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when the home defence appeared to stand off and allow Tom Nicholls to cross for Jake Gosling to beat Lloyd Irish in a scramble.

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Straight from the restart Weston again almost scored as the Ash-Feeley combination broke through and Ash forced Pym to turn a fierce rising effort on to his crossbar and over for Weston’s second corner.

Both sides made several changes for the second half, changing the pattern and rhythm of the game, and Exeter scored another soft goal on 61 minutes when Gosling crossed for Elliot Chamberlain to beat Luke Purnell, who had taken over from Irish.

To their credit, Weston did not give up and on 70 minutes came the goal of the game. Nabi Diallo, playing in midfield, picked up the ball midway in the Exeter half and sliced through the defence to beat Pym from 15 yards.

The scoring was completed on 76 minutes when the home defence sloppily gave away possession inside the penalty area and Chamberlain had the easiest tasks to score.

Weston squad: Lloyd Irish, Jordan Walker, who gave an impressive display in defence, Martin Slocombe, Nabi Diallo, Jamie Laird, Peter Monks, Louis Feeley, Bradley Ash, Kayne McClaggon, Ashley Kington, Dayle Grubb, Callum Laird, Jake Llewellyn, Brett Trowbridge, Ollie Knowles, Callum Wright, Jack Cam, Luke Purnell.

WESTON have been drawn at home to Chard Town in the first round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The game will be played on September 30, with extra time and penalty kicks if necessary.

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