Finch stars for Sidmouth Warriors in derby draw

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Warriors and Ottery United shared four goals when they met in an Exeter and District Youth League game.

As seems to be the norm at the moment across the local footballing divide – the pitch had to survive a pre-match inspection before play could begin.

Warriors made a mixed start to the game, but were denied the first goal by a superb save from the Otters glovesman who denied Lucas Vickery after Oscar Finch and Ethan Isaac had been instrumental in setting up the opportunity.

The save was to prove even more important for his team when an Ottery midfielder powered his way through before rifling the ball beyond Jamie White in the Warriors goal.

It got worse for Warriors as Ottery scored a near identical second to take a 2-0 lead into the half-time break.

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The half-time team talk centred on the need for the Warriors to close down raiding players and put a little more effort into their all-round game.

New player to the team, Will Lawrence was introduced and, with Oscar Finch commanding the back line well, Warriors made a promising start to the second half.

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The deficit was halved with Lucas Vickery the scorer and Alistair Mounoury providing the assist.

It was no more than the Warriors deserved when, with three minutes remaining, Vickery then levelled things up with his second goal. That set things up for a grandstand finish during which time Lucas O’Connor, Vickery and Mounoury were all denied by the exceptional Otters glovesman.

So honours even after a compelling encounter. It was Oscar Finch who secured the Warriors Man of the Match honour for his excellent performance that saw him make terrific defensive decision.

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