Date: 29th July 2015 at 1:42pm
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Player coach Danny Butterfield has said he was delighted with the performance of a youthful Exeter side in last night’s friendly over Bodmin Town at Priory Park.

The game was won three one by us against our South West Peninsula League Premier Division hosts with a brace from Matt Jay and a solo effort from Tom McCready.

Exeter:

Hamon, Down, Tillson, Read, Egan, McCready, Oyeleke, Jay, Watkins, Gill, Reid.

Subs:

Charles (Gill 46).

Goals: Jay (48, 52), McCready (62).

Bodmin Town Goal: Liam Thornton (75).

For a full match report please click here.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Butterfield explained that there were a plethora of positives from the game and he knows our hosts gave us a very good test on the night.

‘Tonight`s team was similar to the one that faced Fluminense last week, but against a men`s team in Bodmin that was a very positive result. It was a tough challenge to face tonight, taking on a men`s team as opposed to an under-19 team. We were trying to encourage the players to be positive in the final third, and we created numerous chances. I felt they were lucky for it to have been 0-0 at half-time, to be honest. I felt that we created enough chances to get two or three goals at least in the first half. In the second half we got the breakthrough that I felt our play had deserved fairly quickly.’

With Jay taking the plaudits for his brace, Butterfield was quick to pass praise onto everyone because he felt it was a complete performance with plenty of the players demonstrating why they are rated highly and involved with the first team already – and for a few others why they are now making that step this season.

‘Matt Jay did very well, but that front three of Ollie Watkins, Jamie Reid and Cameron Gill were all looking strong in the first half, as was Joe Charles when he came on. That front three, with Matt Jay in behind them, were a constant threat all night. Although MJ was the one who got himself onto the scoresheet, I felt that all four of them, along with the midfield two, were positive all night. I felt they all played well and stood out individually, so the reason for the win tonight was a combination of all of them.’

With former Exeter player Kevin Miller sustaining an injury on the evening, and with them having no replacement to hand, young 17 year old stopper Kavanagh Keadell filled in for them, against his own team and whilst Butterfield admits it was a bit surreal he knows the player will have gained a lot from it in the circumstances.

‘It was a good opportunity for Kav to get minutes, albeit on the opposing side. It was a strange one, but one that was only beneficial to all parties. Kav did do well despite the three goals, so I did think he made the most of that opportunity. It was a good night for our goalkeepers tonight, as James Hamon was another positive for us; he commanded his area well.’

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