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Match Report: Exeter City U18's 2-2 Cheltenham Town U18's

6 December 2016

A Better Performance

Cheltenham Town U18's ended a run of five straight defeats in all competitions as they drew 2-2 at Exeter City in the EFL Youth Alliance Southwest Division.
George Lloyd converted a Josh Thomas cross to give Cheltenham a lead after 13 minutes but Exeter levelled before the break after a mistake from Lewis Clayton. 

A frantic second half was to follow as the home side were reduced to ten men before taking the lead on a counter attack after the young Robins were denied a penalty. 

But Cheltenham did manage to equalise ten minutes from time as Josh Bennai crossed for Olly Price to tap in for Ashleigh Hopkins' side and the Welshman was pleased with a point despite believing his team should have been awarded a penalty. 
"Today's game was a great advert for under-18's football," said Hopkins. "We were fantastic today, we controlled the fixture in regards to possession and desire to get the ball down and play.

"Josh Thomas made a great forward run and was fouled in the box, it was a certain penalty but the linesman said it was outside. We deserved to win the fixture and played really well both individually and as a team."

Cheltenham Town U18's stay in seventh place after the draw and are next in league action away at Yeovil Town on the 17th of December. 

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