Minehead U10s football teams played friendly matches home to Central Grecians from Exeter on Saturday 19th January.

Minehead started off the morning well, taking an early lead in the first game, with Kyle Oulds sneaking in to score the rebound, following a good save from Bryn Graddon’s shot. Tyler Heatherington scored two further goals in the first half, the first after a driving run from Dylan Newby and the second all of his own creation,

after robbing a defender of the ball before slotting past the goalkeeper. Grecians still looked dangerous on the break and were unlucky not to score just before half time, thanks to a great double save by Emily Davenport. The second half saw further good football from Minehead to score 3 further goals - 1 to Dylan and 2 to Bryn, the best of which starting from their own penalty area with good play by Riley Wild in defence freeing Dylan to drive forward and pass to Bryn to score. The final action saw Grecians get onto the score sheet with a well deserved goal.

The second game saw Grecians put Minehead under early pressure, with Isaac Searle and Riley Wild show good covering defending to limit their chances at goal, and when they did get a shot on goal, Will Sealby was there to save them. The final chance of the half did fall to Minehead, with Harry Hauxwell shooting just wide for the scores to remain level at half time. Minehead defence continued to play well at the start of the second half before Grecians managed to break the deadlock with the first goal. Grecians scored a second goal thanks to a lucky deflection, before Minehead looked to get back into the game with good play by Tyler Hetherington, releasing Isaac to shoot at goal that was well saved by their goalkeeper. Unfortunately, despite all their efforts, the late pressure from Minehead did not lead to a goal before the final whistle.

The next game was open with both teams having early chances, Bryn shooting just over and Erin Strong blocking a goal bound shot. Grecians were first to score with a great shot, beating a diving Emily Davenport. Minehead replied with a good one-two between Dylan Newby and Owen Hardick, with Dylan’s shot well saved before Owen Hardick equalised, finishing off his own mazy run from outside the area. In the second half Minehead looked for a winner, with Isaac Searle unlucky to see his half volley from a corner go just wide, before Owen managed to do the exact same from a corner but this time finding the back of the net. With only seconds left Grecians were unlucky not to equalise when breaking away from the Minehead defence but shooting just wide.

The final game saw an early chance fall to Jack Kelly, before Minehead won a corner, which Lucy Davenport scored from for her first Minehead goal. Minehead had two further chances before half time to double their lead with a Bryn header well saved and George Littlefield shooting just wide. The second half saw George drive through the mid field and release Isaac to score, before Issac crossed for Bryn to slide in and score Minehead’s third goal. This brought Grecians to life and score a good goal on the break, before a second goal for them left to a nervy last few minutes. But the Minehead defence of Riley and Will and Jack in goal managed to hold the lead and win the game.

Minehead players of the morning were Tyler Hetherington and Riley Wild, with thanks to Paul Graddon for stepping in to referee the matches.

Minehead U10s teams : Emily Davenport, Erin Strong, Dylan Newby, Bryn Graddon, Owen Hardick, Tyler Hetherington, Kyle Oulds, William Sealby, Riley Wild, Isaac Searle, George Littlefield, Harry Hauxwell, Lucy Davenport, Jack Kelly,

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