Tiverton 0 United 8
Tiverton: Wright; Sampson, Gee, Steel, Faux, Ellis, Hambly, Carpenter, Bushin, Mortimer, Faux. Subs: Coppard, Saunders, Gardener, Marshall, Jewell, Stevens, Vinnicombe.
United: Potter; Rowe-Turner (Nicholson 73), Ellis, Robertson, Charnock (Palmer 46), Mansell (O'Kane 46), Kee, Zebroski (Zebroski 46), Macklin, Halpin (Stevens 46), Lathrope.Subs: Bevan, Wroe, Benyon.
Goals: Kee 7, 17, 18 , 35, 39; Zebroski 24; Yeoman 51; Stevens 72
Billy Kee stole the headlines in United's latest pre-season match by grabbing 5 of the goals in the 8-0 win over Tiverton Town to take his pre-season tally to 9. As the score implies United had the run of the game throughout and scored a number of excellent goals supported by some crisp football. After the game Bucks confirmed that 20 year old midfielder Damon Lathrope has accepted a two year contract with the Gulls after being on trial with United this summer.
United dominated the early play and took the lead in the 7th minute thanks to a great strike from Billy Kee who hit an unstoppable right foot drive from twenty yards that gave Wright in the Tivvy goal no chance.
The early stages were all United but Tiverton very nearly equalized after 15 minutes when Faux got free and headed a free-kick wide of Danny Potter's right hand post. Moments later and United doubled their lead; Mark Ellis cleared the ball long and down the right channel and Billy Kee chased it down, beat the onrushing Wright to the ball and slotted home from narrow angle.
A minute later and Kee completed an eleven minute hat-trick after good work down the right his cross was controlled by Kee who then turned back inside his marker and rifled the ball low into the bottom right corner.
In the 24th minute United notched their 4th; this time the ball broke 30 yards from the Tivvy goal and Kee collected possession and slipped the ball to Chris Zebroski who took a touch to get the ball out of his feet and then blasted the ball right footed in off the crossbar.
Kee Tested Wright again with a 25 yard free-kick but this time Wright saved and the ball was cleared for a corner. That was a small respite for the home side because from Lathrope's corner a Zebroski Header was blocked and Kee scored with an overhead kick from six yards. 5-0.
It was now quite clearly the Billy Kee show and the United striker scored his fifth in the 39th minute when he volleyed the ball home first time from 12 yards from a left wing cross giving poor Wright in the Tivvy goal barely a look at the ball.
Four changes at the break for the Gulls with Ed Palmer, Danny Stevens, Eunan O'Kane & Ashley Yeoman coming on to replace Kieran Charnock, Saul Halpin, Lee Mansell & Chris Zebroski.
The seventh United goal wasn't long in coming but it wasn't scored by Billy Kee! A low, left wing cross from Lathaniel Rowe-Turner was clipped home from six yards by Ashley Yeoman. Yeoman nearly scored a second moments later but Wright managed to grab the goal bound ball at the second attempt inches from the line.
United were looking dangerous with every attack and Kee forced a smothering save from Wright after the Gulls' striker rode a firm tackle inside the area, still came out with the ball but scuffed his shot giving the Tivvy 'keeper the chance to save.
Danny Stevens looked very bright on his introduction to the match and forced Wright into two decent saves within ten minutes of the restart. Wright was tested again by Kee and Eunan O'Kane tricked his way inside the Tivvy area before laying the ball to Yeoman but he shot over from 18 yards.
The eighth goal came in the 72nd minute and was started and finished by Danny Stevens. Danny slipped the ball out to Billy Kee who chipped it back into the Tivvy area where it was controlled by Stevens with his right foot and buried into the back of the Tiverton net with his left. Difficult technique completed easily.
Wright in the Tivvy goal was having a very good second half and was keeping the score below double figures, this time it was Key who was thwarted at the near post. The final stages only brought more United pressure but there was no further addition to the scoreline. Another very positive performance in preparation for the new season and we can look forward to another tough home match this week with the visit of Bristol City on Wednesday evening.