Ashby brace as Warriors sunk Heavies

Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s were 4-1 home winners when they entertained Heavitree Social Gunners in an Exeter and District Youth League game.

The Exeter-based side pitched up in Sidmouth on Saturday morning undefeated and having conceded only one goal this season.

That statistic was shattered within five minutes as Warriors raced into a two-goal lead inside five minutes!

Joe Ashby opened the scoring in what was almost the first move of the match, following positive approach play from Jamie Salter and Tim Goody on the right flank. The visitors had barely recovered from the early blow when Samuel Rice popped up in the penalty box with a trademark finish that doubled the Warriors’ lead.

Slowly but surely the opposition came into the game and whilst there were further Sidmouth chances it was Heavitree who scored next with an emphatic finish from the edge of the area.


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Sidmouth continued to attack but when called upon, the defence rose to the challenge, Harry Saunders catching the eye with his impeccable tackling.

Warriors trooped in for a deserved break leading 2-1 and during the interval they were reminded how well they had played and were tasked with starting the second period in the same manner as they approach the first. Sure enough, with the slope in their favour, Tim Goody’s electrifying pace caused the visitors no end of problems.

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His excellent link-up play with the lively Rice created a one-on-one for Ashby who duly applied a polished finish into the bottom corner to make it 3-1. Heavitree chased the game valiantly and, when called upon, George Wheeler pulled off a couple of brilliant saves.

However, it was the Warriors who had the cutting edge and it was young Goody who capped an outstanding performance with a well-deserved fourth for the hosts.

Coach Justin Ashby said: “The team were, to a player, magnificent. They were clearly playing in top gear for large periods of this match and, as such, it was all breathtaking to watch.”

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