Sidmouth Warriors Under-14s deserve so much more than a narrow defeat to Heavies

PUBLISHED: 10:58 13 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 13 March 2014

Sidmouth Warriors Under-14 team

Sidmouth Warriors Under-14 team

Archant

AC Heavitree 3, Sidmouth Warriors 2

Sidmouth Warriors Under-14s were left feeling hard done by when edged out in a close encounter in Exeter in their latest Exeter and District Youth League outing.

‘Unlucky to not get at least a draw’ was the AC Heavitree manager’s assessment of the Warriors performance after a terrific match played in a fantastic spirit.

The Warriors, without an outing for just over three soggy months, served up arguably their best performance of the whole campaign.

The Warriors adopted a whole new style of play and it seemed to excite the team and give them a chance to play a lot more attacking football.

Against the wind in the first half the midfield trio of Perez, Jones and Wilkes had to work really hard to break down Heavitree’s attacks and feed the ball to the pacey trio up front of Gosse, Mead and Harris.

Gosse went close twice before Heavitree took the lead with a well worked goal. Perez then pulled off two outstanding saves to thwart the hosts and, coupled with some fantastic defending from captain Littley, Woodruff, Hayman and De Gruchy, the Exeter side were denied further goals until two inside a minute left warriors three down at the break.

The players looked disappointed at the interval, but a confidence-boosting half-time discussion saw them dominate proceedings from the re-start.

With the wind behind them and with Wilkes orchestrating things from midfield, Warriors began an impressive fight back.

Gosse, Mead and Wilkes all went close before a cross from Mead was volleyed home by Harris. Mead’s volley was saved superbly by the home gloves man before, after a mazy run and a pinpoint cross, Gosse narrowly missed the target with a header.

With two minutes remaining a corner by Harris was slotted home by Chapman-Coombe with the outside of his foot. That set up a frenetic last few minutes, but time ran out on a most spirited Warriors performance.

Team; Ollie Perez, Toby De Gruchy, Tom Woodruff, Kade Hayman, Ricky Littley, Matt Jones, Eliot Perez, Callum Wilkes, George Harris, Ethan Mead, Ben Gosse, Cameron Phillips and Louis Chapman-Coombe.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 14:02

Sidmouth Town boss Josh Stunell takes the Vikings to Okehampton tomorrow (Saturday) looking to see his team make it three wins in three pre-season games.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:31

The Upper Crust Monday Stableford was won this week by the in-form Jeremy Holden who managed to score 40 points, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:30

Sidmouth 2nd XI batsman Byron Knowles hit the winning runs and sent the ball through a car windscreen in the process as the home side won a ‘bizarre’ encounter at the Fortfield.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:30

Ottery St Mary made the long trip to Bideford for their latest Tolchards Devon League B Division game.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:29

A raft of eventing legends are heading to Bicton Arena International Horse Trials on August 18 to 20, headed by the doyenne of the sport Lucinda Green who has won a raft of individual and team medals and a record six Badminton Horse Trials, writes Lucy Johnson.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:32

The Sidmouth B team travelled to Downes Crediton where they suffered a heavy defeat, going down 5-1, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:25

It is now seven months since American mother and daughter Lara and Yasmin Millmow took up running and joined the club, writes Terry Bewes

Read more
Yesterday, 09:25

Well there is a saying in sporting circles that goes: ‘a game of two halves’, and that is most certainly what it has been like of late – with the weather, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:23

The home match against Cricket St Thomas was held in dry if cool conditions with a stiff breeze affecting parts of the course, although most of the visiting team were more concerned with the challenges of the slopes and adverse cambers that the Sidmouth course provides its players, writes Hugh Dorliac.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:23

Sidmouth look dead and buried in terms of the Tolchards Drinks Devon League title race after they lost to table-topping Bovey Tracey by 55 runs in a contest decided by the Duckworth-Lewis System, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications