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.

Other Sport Stories

13:37

Ottery St Mary ladies were beaten 6-4 when they visited Budleigh Salterton for their latest Devon Women’s League outing.

Read more
13:25

Sidmouth Town boss Josh Stunell was left wondering what more his side had to do to secure three points when, not for the first time this term, the Vikings were cruelly denied even a share of the spoils when St Martins scored an added-time winner in the side’s South West Peninsula League Eastern Division meeting at Manstone Lane.

Read more
13:24

Sidmouth Warriors Under-12s made a winning start to their 2018 schedule with a 5-0 success against visiting West Exe Youth to move up to fourth in the Exeter and District Youth League Division One table.

Read more
13:01

The East Devon cup competition draws have been made. The competitions are traditionally run after the halfway stage of the Macron Devon and Exeter League campaign and the semi-finals and finals of all three – Morrison Bell, Grandisson and Golesworthy – are played at the Washbrook Meadow home of Ottery St Mary.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:10

Sidmouth Chiefs made St Ives work as hard as they have had to do in any match this season, before being edged out by a margin of just four points at 29-25, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:31

Sidmouth Under-16s were 34-15 winners when they travelled to Tiverton for a Fishermen’s Cup Plate fixture.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:23

Taunton host the Bathwick Tyres this coming Saturday (January 20) when the card boasts almost £79k in prize money and includes one Class 2 and two Class 3 events with the first race due off at 12.30pm, writes Richard Walsh.

Read more
Tue, 16:42

Sidmouth Warriors Under-15s have been fortunate enough to net themselves a super new sponsorship.

Read more
Tue, 16:42

Tom Hayes has been crowned the Ottery St Mary ‘Player of the Month’ for December.

Read more
Mon, 16:18

Beer Albion and Seaton Town shared the Macron Devon and Exeter League Premier Division spoils in a six-goal thriller, writes Richard Honnor.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 2°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

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications