Blair puts polished seal on fine Town thirds success

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth thirds moved ever closer to promotion from Fresha League Eight with a 6-1 home win over Ashwater and then made it a double delight weekend with a 2-0 Sunday, Golesworthy Cup success over Dunkeswell Rovers.

Town started well and Josh Worthington – who went on to be named Man of the Match – prominent in much of the positive play.

However, as good as the approach play was, tensions on the home bench began to mount however as chances came and went without reward.

The deadlock was finally broken by an unstoppable volley from Richard Johnson.

Worthington then made amends for a couple of earlier misses with an excellent piece of skill to make space on the edge of the box that gave him time and space to drive the ball home with his left foot to give Town a 2-0 interval lead.

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Within minutes of the restart the visitors halved the deficit from the penalty sport after James Hiscox was penalised for handball in the area. The spot kick gave debut making Dave Prowse no chance in the home goal.

The two goal margin was restored though as Johnson beat his man on the right before crossing and skipper Carl Baldwin met the ball with a powerful header that flew into the back of the net.

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A tiring Josh Worthington then added a second with a perfectly placed shot following good work by fellow debutant Kyle Blair.

Epitomising the determination of this Sidmouth team Johnson netted his second when he picked the pocket of a retreating Ashwater defender before finishing with aplomb.

Blair then capped a fine all-round performance by outpacing the visiting defence before applying a delightful nonchalant flick with the outside of his foot, sending the ball past the on-rushing Ashwater goalkeeper to round off the scoring in style.

Town followed a splendid league win with cup success the day after at higher division Dunkeswell.

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