Bishop’s Cleeve under 18’s were finally knocked out of this season’s FA Youth Cup as they faced up against full time and Football League outfit, Torquay United, at Kayte Lane, writes Richard Joyce.
Watched on by first team manager Alex Sykes in the stands, this season’s cup run would of done the world of good for many of the youth team players who will be looking to break in to the first team at Cleeve whilst some, such as Adam Mace and Deco Chick, have already experienced playing time with the first eleven this season.
It was Chick who put Cleeve ahead in a first half which saw the young Villagers side go in to the break one up on their Football League opponents however a fumble by Cleeve keeper Tom Lennox led to a Torquay equaliser and the Gulls added two other strikes to pick up a 3-1 win.
It means Torquay will now go on to compete in the second round where they will face either Camberley Town or another Gloucestershire side in the shape of Cirencester Town.
For Cleeve’s youth section it is another year of positive progression in a cup run that saw victories over local rivals Cheltenham Saracens and Poole Town in the qualification stages to earn the young Villagers a place in the first round proper.