Kilburn-Thompson, Esme

Esme came through the club's development centre and signed for Exeter in the Summer of 2020, after graduating through the clubs development centre.

Esme was part of Devon FA development squad in 2019/20.

Esme scored two goals on her senior debut against Poole Town in the opening game of the 2020/21 season.

Esme was one of four candidates for player of the month in October 2020, the club wrote the following
“Hard work and determined play has optimised an excellent month for Esme who continues to make progress in her first season at senior level”

Esme was one of 5 players from City who took part in the National College’s Regional Trials on the 31st of October 2020. The club wrote, 

Huge Pride from everyone at the Club to see them achieving great things.” 

Esme was "Player Of The Month" for October with 39% of the vote, the Trophy was presented by Clive Harrison of the newly formed Supporters Club.
And said the following on winning 
"It's really pleasing to win an award voted for by the supporters. I want to keep starting games, scoring goals and play my part in the team's success"

During the 2nd National lockdown in November 2020 due the pandemic the team produced some articles from players about players entitled.

"Our New Lockdown Series Starts"

Esme's replies were:-

Quickest Player: Meg, literally a rocket
Not so Quickest: Zoe, not so rocket like
Best Trainer: Phoebe Baker, gives 100% in everything
Most intelligent: Steph, you can ask her about anything
Most Skilful: Meg, can get past anyone
Team Joker: Abbie, always making us laugh
Worst Taste in Music: Abbie, it's not terrible but I have heard better
Most Likely to Moan about Something: Connie, always finds something to moan about!
Who gets the most fines: Abbie, wont lose an argument with the Ref
A Last Minute Penalty to Win the League, who takes it? Emily Toogood, top scorer!
Who would be in your 5ASIDE Team: Me, Meg, Kyanna, Steph, Emily
Most likely to get booked: Anthea, not afraid to say what is on her mind.

In early January 2022 the club announced 

"Esme Kilburn-Thompson has signed for Torquay United, as the young forward departs the Grecians in search of more playing time.

Progressing through the Girls development Centre, Esme made her debut in September of 2020, scoring twice in a win over Poole Town. An FA Cup goal against AEK BOCO followed in early December, with Esme winning the Supporters Club Player of the Month award for her impressive early season form.

It would the Devon County Cup Final that put the seventeen year old in the spotlight, her two goals against Plymouth Argyle were enough to give City the County Cup for the first time in six years. It was a significant performance to end a fine first season, Esme picking up the Young Female Player of the Year Award for her accomplishments.

Unfortunately, the 2021/2022 Season has seen a lack of opportunity, with Sarah Stacey and Connie Pengelly both in such fine form. Esme has spent recent weeks playing an important role in the resurgence of the City Development team, hitting a staggering eleven goals in just three appearances.

With the forward’s desire to continue her development at a higher level, it has been agreed for a move to Torquay United, who play in the South West Regional Premier Division. City joint Manger Abbie Britton is sad to see Esme depart. “It is important for young players to get game time; it is vital in any players development. We have some in form forwards at the Club right now and it has been difficult for Esme to get the game time she wants. We will miss her; she is such a great girl and she will do well at Torquay. I hope to see her back in red and white in the future.”

As ‘One Of Our Own,’ we wish Esme the best of luck for the rest of the season and look forward to seeing her continue her progress."

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