Date: 6th August 2015 at 5:49pm
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Player coach Danny Butterfield was delighted with the run out St Austell gave another younger Exeter side in our final pre season friendly of the summer.

With the League Two campaign kicking off this weekend, Exeter ended the pre season part of the campaign in good fashion securing a five nil victory with braces coming from Ollie Watkins and Jamie Reid, and summer signing Manny Oyeleke grabbing the other.

Exeter:

Pym, Egan, Read, Tillson (Storey), Down, Merritt, Oyeleke, Jay, Charles, Gill (Reid), Watkins.

Subs:

Hamon, Harkness, Rodgers, Storey, Rosenwald, Reid.

Goals: Oyeleke, Reid (x2), Watkins (x2).

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, a pleased Butterfield explained.

Butterfield’s young charges are on somewhat of a roll now after last week’s success at Bodmin Town.

‘It’s another big positive for the under-21 group. It was a very competitive game in a similar vein to Bodmin – perhaps I’d even say that it was more competitive than at Bodmin. I think the lads certainly dealt with the physicality of the first half, and then their ability and clinical finishing in front of goal was a big factor towards the end. I think the fact that we matched them for that first hour in terms of that physicality was the key factor today. Our fitness levels and technical ability shone through in the end. It’s alright creating those chances, but in front of goal, especially in those last thirty-five minutes of the second half, we were exceptional in front of goal. We converted almost every chance that we created.’

The only downside from the night really was Jordan Tillson going off with injury, but Butterfield confirmed the substitution was largely precautionary and with the medical staff giving him a once over in the dressing room whilst he has a knock, it’s nothing too serious and a day or two’s rest should see him right as all he did was land awkwardly and just give himself a minor jar from the sounds of things.

‘Tonight was a big positive for us against what was a physical men’s team. There will obviously be different challenges throughout the season, but we can only go into the start of the season now with plenty of confidence. These boys are up to speed fitness and match minutes-wise, enough to be knocking on the first-team door. We have a chance now to start the season on a high, and fill everyone with confidence.’

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