Last night, Exeter City maintained their unbeaten start to the EFL League Two campaign with a 2-0 victory over Port Vale at St James’ Park.
One of the players who started the game was young 20 year-old forward Ben Seymour, starting his first league game for Exeter after progressing through their academy setup and turning professional in the summer of 2017.
Seymour has spent time out on loan in the past couple of seasons in the Non-League pyramid, pulling on the shirts of Weston-super-Mare, Bideford AFC, Gloucester City and Dorchester Town before becoming a permanent fixture in Exeter’s first-team squad this summer.
Getting his first start up front and partnering Ryan Bowman in Matt Taylor’s side, Seymour started brightly, fizzing in a low cross as he looked to attack early on, before dragging a shot wide of the target and linking up with Jayden Richardson down the right-hand side.
Seymour was inches away from profitting from a dangerous Jack Sparkes cross, a fellow academy graduate, before the striker was hauled off on the 61st minute after a productive display.
It wasn’t only last night’s performance that has started to endear the quick striker to the Grecians faithful, but his introduction as a 90th-minute substitute on Saturday in Exeter’s 2-2 draw at home with Leyton Orient. Coming on with the scores at 1-2, Seymour’s first touch of the ball resulted in a penalty as he was brought down inside the box, from which Nicky Law converted to level the scores at the death.
Seymour has always had a goalscoring touch, and has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of current Brentford striker and former Exeter youth graduate Ollie Watkins, with Seymour and Watkins having the same goalscoring touch about them and the fearlessness that every good striker needs to create something out of nothing.
Exeter’s academy has always been one of the strongest in the south west, and is now at a level where it can compete with Championship side Bristol City in terms of giving youth a chance, with Exeter maybe having more of a chance due to them playing a level lower. Seymour is just the latest off the Exeter City conveyer belt, and after two impressive performances across the past 70 minutes he’s recieved of league football, the lightweight striker will be looking to get even better this season and beyond as Exeter harbour a strong push for eventual promotion from EFL League Two.