Elsom brace as Warriors Under-11s end season in style


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Sidmouth Warriors rounded off another season of Exeter and District Youth League football with a 3-0 win over Alphington Eagles at St John’s School.

The sides had met earlier in the season in a cup tie that the Alphas had won.

Warriors played up the slope in the first half and were put under significant pressure in the early exchanges.

Alphington are flying high in their league and knocked the ball about with real confidence, but the Warriors defence of Tom Cload, Callum French and Will Pulman, played like a back line that had shipped just five goals in their previous 10 games, offering the visitors no time or space to bring the home goal under threat.

On the odd occasion that they did manage to get shots away, they found Warriors’ glovesman Anthony Nita once again demonstrating his craft to perfection, anything that came his way was dealt with comfortably, ultimately earning him the Man of the Match award.

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At the other end of the pitch Warriors began to create chances. Finn Upsher went close after a terrific through-ball from Thomas Nicholls, before Ben Elsom netted fro close range to give Warriors a deserved half-time lead.

After the break Warriors began with an extra yard to their step and it was soon 2-0 when Elsom set off on a trademark run at the Alphington defence, before rifling home his 18th goal of the campaign.

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Minutes later Thomas Fletcher got his just rewards for an excellent individual performance when he struck from close range during a goalmouth scramble.

Sidmouth pressed for more goals and David Clapp and Matthew Dunford both went mighty close to getting on the score sheet before the final whistle blew to bring the curtain down on another splendid Sidmouth Warriors season.

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