Young Clutten stars for Exmouth Town Reserves

PUBLISHED: 09:07 25 July 2018

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Both Exmouth Town sides recorded their first victories of pre-season last week, writes John Dibsdall.

On Tuesday evening the Reserves defeated South West Peninsula League East Division side Honiton Town 1-0.

The goal came midway through the first half with Aaron Underhill taking full advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot the ball home.

Honiton hit the bar late on, but the match was an excellent opportunity for the Town second string to have a strong work out with 17 players involved.

The outstanding performance of the night was the one from 16-year-old Harrison Clutton, who gave a masterful display in controlling the midfield.

After the disappointment of the defeat at Tiverton Town entertained Western League Premier side Bridport on Wednesday evening, and, in a very competitive fixture won 2-1. With a side that contained many of the squad that manager Kevin Hill would wish to start the league season Town went ahead on 20 minutes with a well-taken goal from Karl Rickard. Racing clear of the defence he beat the advancing ‘keeper with a shot into the far corner. Town increased their lead 70 minutes into the game when an Ethan Slater cross was turned into the net by a defender.

Five minutes later, a glancing header from Jamie Dirrane gave Town’s glovesman Robbie Powell no chance to repay the own goal compliment.

This Friday (July 27), Town welcome Newton Abbot Spurs who were runners-up in the East Division last year (7.30pm) and on Saturday the Town second team are at home to Woodbury (3pm).

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