Devon Lions FC ( 1 ) vs ( 3 ) HT Dons 2016 (Away)

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July 31, 2016
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Welcome to the 2016/17 season our first match was this away trip to HT Dons (formally Langdon FC) at Starcross. The Lions lined up with an attacking formation of 4-3-3 to try and start the new season pushing forward in the search for good results and plenty of goals, even though the match being friendly the boost would be welcomed with the away Cardiff match next weekend.

Both teams started well-sharing possession but more chances seemed to be falling for the home side making sure Jack in goal was not falling asleep on the early Sunday morning KO, so with both teams settling in there was only the one change by the Lions as Kieran came on for Jon after 20 minutes. With the Lions playing good football it seemed that half time would see the game even at 0-0 but as half time approached HT Dons took the lead. Dons #11 got the better of the Lions defense and managed to get past Jack in goal leaving the game at the break Devon Lions 0 – 1 HT Dons.

Half time saw another change from the Lions Jack Lenton came on for Jack Mclaughlin who had a good first half, by far the best he has played for the Lions with the team noticing his good work rate. With only one goal making the difference the Lions knew they could get back in the game and with the Dons keeper coming off his line they took the chance and leveled things up. Jake Pepperell took the chance and with a lob over the keeper the ball was in the back of the net, Devon Lions 1 – 1 HT Dons. As both teams now looked comfortable the contest looked even and chances we being made by both teams.

The next 20 minutes saw both teams push for the lead and it took a well-placed shot from the Dons striker to take the lead, Tom Singleton made it 2-1 Dons which Jack could only dive at and with only 20 left to play the Lions started to look tired. The lack of subs once again meant tired legs couldn’t have a rest as the Dons played with more and more confidence and with only 10 to play a questionable decision by the ref handed Dons a spot kick after CB Brandon seemed to clip the feet of a Dons attacker. Singleton stepped and put the ball away with Jack guessing wrong making it Lions 1-3 Dons.

Full time saw a defeat to the Lions but not a bad one, with the team playing well and good performances from Jack in goal, Brandon & Alex in defense and Jake P pestering the Dons defense while on the wing. The team can defiantly take positives into next week match, our first GFSN match to play away at Cardiff on Sunday.

Scorers: Jake Pepperell

Devon Lions FC: GK Jack Wright (C), LB Marquitos Paz, CB’s Alex Plumley, Brandon Milford, RB Jack Mclaughlin, CM’s George Howell, Mike Saw, Gordon Turner, LW Jon Mcclay, RW Jake Pepperell, ST Simon Phillips.

Subs: Jake Lenton, Kieran Everitt

Players Man Of The Match : Alex Plumley

Coach: Simon Phillips



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A village with a population of 1,780 situated on the west shore of the Exe Estuary in Teignbridge in the English county of Devon. The village is popular in summer with leisure craft and is home to one of the United Kingdom’s oldest sailing clubs.

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