Anning nets a fifth hat-trick of the season for Sidmouth Under-9s

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Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings Under-9 Warriors were good value for an unbeaten morning when they entertained West Exe Tigers and Wolves.

First up they took on Tigers and they went into an early lead through Joe Anning who netted after some fantastic wing play by former West Exe player – now a Viking - Reggie Reed. Most unusually, there was a spell of indecisive defending that led to the Tigers swiftly levelling and, after Reece Hext had restored the lead when he bravely connected with a powerfully driven corner by the impressive Reed, more lack-lustre defending saw Tigers even things up once more!

The young Vikings claimed the lead for the third time when Anning showed the Tigers back line a clean set of heels after a wonderful turn on the halfway line before curling the ball into the top corner of the net.

Reed was next to score and he clearly got lots of pleasure from scoring past his former team mates!

Tigers were not finished and they scored a third, but the Vikings had enough about them to close the game out well and seal a 4-3 win.

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In the second game they faced Wolves and this proved to be a contest in which both defences held sway.

The Vikings back line of Alex Goody and Scott Monroe Higgs in front of glovesman Haiden Clapp, proved a most effective back line.

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Good industry from Reece Hext and Sydney Ridgeway led to the opening goal neatly finished again by Joe Anning.

A superb spell of football was ended in style by Anning netting his second and, at the other end of the pitch a couple of fine saves by Haiden Clapp meant half-time was reached with Vikings 2-0 to the good.

Changes at the break saw Tom Barrett take on goalkeeping duties while Reece Hext and Dominic Bennetar were united in defence.

Anning score the third – thereby completing his fifth hat-trick of the season – that’s 20 already for the young hit man!

A 3-0 win for the Vikings rounded off a good morning’s work and with James Plowden and Riley Pugsley both returning for the next fixtures, the immediate future of the team looks very bright.

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