Football report: Team BTC Men’s Elite vs Exeter College

Team BTC took on Exeter at Kingsdown with the pitch in excellent condition but there was a strong wind towards the goal that Team BTC were shooting towards in the first half.

After a very cagey opening 20 mins, with both defences on top it was Team BTC who broke the deadlock with good build up play in the middle third and Kieron Ireland shooting from 25 yards with his weaker foot and leaving the keeper with no chance.

Team BTC playing with the wind behind them kept up the pressure and after 30 mins, Kole Hall pressed the Exeter right back, dispossessed him and drove into the box taking it around another player and playing the ball into bottom corner.

Just before half time Team BTC made it 3 – 0 from a corner that had been worked on the training ground with Kole Hall getting his second from a well-placed header.

After the break Exeter started extremely well with the wind now behind them and Team BTC failed to defend against them and the conditions. On 50 mins Team BTC lost the ball in the middle of the pitch, it broke to Exeter on the edge and a shot from 25 yards followed by a mistake from Kingston let the ball go through his legs.

Just 5 minutes later Exeter attacked down the right wing and it was too easy to get the ball into the box which Team BTC failed to clear and a good finish, leaving Kingston to only watch it go in.

The poor start to the 2nd half continued and in the opening 15 mins Exeter equalised from 3 – 0 down, again poor defending at the back post allowed Exeter's number 8 a free header.

After the poor start Team BTC picked themselves up and came back into the game, creating several good chances however Exeter held on and the game ended 3 – 3.

Jamie Laird (Team BTC coach) said,

“After such a dominant first half, you have to give credit to Exeter for coming out so well after half time with nothing to lose. Our players need to learn from this experience and when a team has their spell during a game they need to show more resilience, which today we failed to do. If they can learn from this, then it's been a good lesson in their football education.”