Elsom stars for impressive Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s

Ben Elsom fires the ball towards goal during the Sidmouth Warriors U11 3-1 win over North Tawton

Ben Elsom fires the ball towards goal during the Sidmouth Warriors U11 3-1 win over North Tawton - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s were one of the lucky ones in terms of getting action last Saturday, managing to play against North Tawton on a near perfect Scout Field pitch.

This game was always going to be a hard-fought encounter, the two teams sharing the spoils earlier in the season.

With several players in new positions, Warriors began well, holding their shape and enjoying a lot of possession.

Once into their stride they began to serve up some of their best football so far this season and looked full of confidence as they took the game to Tawton.

The midfield duo of Thomas Nicholls and Ben Elsom impressed as they created a number of opportunities for the strikers, but, despite the best efforts of Finn Upsher and Thomas Fletcher, both thwarted a number of times by the splendid opposition glovesman, half-time arrived with the game still seeking its first goal.

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The second half saw an increase in tempo as the Warriors continued to play some super football and it was no more than they deserved when they took the lead with a cross from Michal Bielawski being turned past his own keeper by a North Tawton defender.

However, parity was swiftly restored with Warriors caught out by a slick counter-attack.

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Levelling so quickly seemed to give North Tawton even greater energy, but Warriors are made of pretty stern stuff these days and a determined defensive trio of Will Pulman, Charles Joy and Captain Callum French proved equal to the very best that the opposition attack could muster.

Once back in the lead Warriors, with Man of the Match Ben Elsom the inspiration, took charge and they wrapped up the points when, shortly after Matthew Dunford went close, Pitter applied a clinical finish to complete the scoring.

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