Standard now set as City hit double figures in victory

IN another busy week for the Exeter City Academy, the under-18s and under-16s both secured comprehensive victories against Cheltenham Town.

City’s under-18s recorded a dominant 12-0 win at home against their Gloucestershire opponents to banish all memories of their disappointing opening day defeat to Swindon Town.

After seeing a 2-0 lead slip away against Swindon, the Grecians bounced back in perfect style with a commanding display and ruthless performance.

From the very beginning Dan Green’s men were on top form and after the opening 45 minutes, the score had become 8-0 thanks to goals from Brandon Parsons, Josh Hancock and braces from Lucas White, Harry Kite and Joe O’Laughlin.

Exeter proved to be a potent force and punished Town for almost every mistake that they made. And although the hosts eased off in the second period, a further four goals were converted thanks to Joel Randall and Josh Key, with White grabbing another two.

It means an air of confidence runs through the squad following this one-sided affair and the Devon youngsters were hoping to take that good form and positive feeling into yesterday’s match against Bristol Rovers.

After the game, Green expressed his delight with the way his squad turned around their fortunes with an eye-catching victory.

‘It was a good performance,’ he said. ‘There are always things that could be better but the players didn’t get down after last week’s result and they’ve bounced back, worked hard, and secured the result.

‘It was a pleasing result but it was more important to get the good performance. The 12 goals were great but the whole team performed very well right from the start. They set their standards early on and maintained them throughout the match.’

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