1. ITV Report

Exeter Youth Team hopes dashed

The team have already had to beat Premiership sides Photo: ITV Westcountry

After Exeter City’s disappointment of relegation from League One at the weekend, the youth team will be aiming to lift the club’s spirits tonight (Tuesday) as they try to become one of the best under 18 sides in the country. Having already beaten all that have come before them from the West Country they've also had to defeat the youth teams of Premiership sides Swansea City and QPR as well as Championship teams Peterborough and Millwall.

Everyone's really excited, we never expected to be where we are so we've been underdogs in a few rounds but we've come through like been positive and confident, everyone's worked hard to get where we are.

– Jacob Cane, Exeter City Youth Team
Most of the team have been playing for the side since they were nine Credit: ITV Westcountry

The squad has already been described as the best Exeter City has ever produced, six of whom have already signed professional contracts with the club for next season. Most of the team have been playing in the same side since the age of nine years old having come through Exeter’s centre of excellence.

Everytime I play I try to become a professional footballer since I was a young boy so obviously it's a good achievement for myself.

– Jordan Moore-Taylor, Exeter City Youth Team

Forwards Jamie Reid and Jake Gosling, Midfielders Ollie Knowles and Jacob Cane and defenders Jordan Moore-Taylor and Jacob Wannell know the final tonight is just the stepping stone for what could be careers at the highest level of the game.

The real success comes from individuals, we're trying to get players into the first team, six of the lads have been given that opportunity for next year so regardless of win, lose or draw in the final the real success comes when those boys get to step into the first team.

– Simon Hayword, Head of Youth, Exeter City FC

Exeter City's Under 16s are said to be even better so despite relegation for the first team last Saturday the future of this club is in its centre of excellence. Tonight’s match at St James Park against Doncaster Rovers kicks off at 7pm.