Thursday, March 21, 2013
Brixington Blues 2, Sidmouth Warriors 3
Warriors bagged a glorious extra-time victory to book a place in the Exeter and District League Under-11 KO Cup final to be played at St James’ Park, Exeter in May.
Having lost both league encounters this term to the Exmouth-based side, warriors went into the cup semi-final at Ottery St Mary as the underdogs.
However, each and everyone of then players on duty did their bit for the cause and so, collectively, they were able to seal a deserved victory.
Sidmouth settled well, ending any fears of early nerves. They passed the ball around well on the large open spaces at Washbrook Meadow. However, Brixington fashioned the first chance of the game and it drew a splendid save from Warriors gloves man Fowler.
Warriors fell, behind to a goal that was one of those did it cross the line, or didn’t it, moments! The referee said yes and the goal, was given.
Warriors were undaunted by the setback and quickly found an equaliser with Mitchell providing the assist and Rush the finish.
At the break Warriors made a change, introducing Salter who was soon in the thick of the action.
At the other end the Warriors back line of Lascelles, Pyne and Griffiths coped well with any threat that Brixington could muster. It was out wide where Warriors began to gain the upper hand with both Hollis and Wood looking to get at their defenders. A second goal from Rush put Warriors ahead for the first time and then Roberts was sent on to add additional steel to the middle third.
With just a minute of normal time to play Brixington were awarded a penalty which they duly tucked away to send the game into extra-time.
Warriors seemed to grow in strength and it was no more than they deserved when they again took a lead with Hollis the scorer.
This time there was no way back for battling Brixington and the full time whistle was greeted with loud roars of approval from the large band of travelling Sidmouth supporters.
Now the Warriors squad and their followers can descend on the home of Exeter City and bring the cup back to Sidmouth!