Mud loving U11s battle in the mud

PUBLISHED: 14:58 30 November 2012

Sidmouth Raiders Under-11s pictured after they played at Bradninch in an Exeter and District Youth League game. The Raiders were one of just four teams across the league to see action on avery soggy late November Saturday morning.

Sidmouth Raiders Under-11s pictured after they played at Bradninch in an Exeter and District Youth League game. The Raiders were one of just four teams across the league to see action on avery soggy late November Saturday morning.

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Bradninch 3, STJV U11s Raiders 3,

The torrential rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Sidmouth’s favourite youth team, writes Simon James.

The match started hard with a big push from the Bradninch forwards, only to be outclassed by seasoned Glen Sinker and Ben Scrivens who pushed back. Sidmouth then demonstrated some classy passing from Scot DeGruchy, Scot Gibson and Col Monaghan making a brave attempt on the Bradninch defence.

After some hard end-to-end play a lone Bradninch striker poached the first of two goals before halftime.

Sidmouth back came on, fired up, and within a few moments Ollie Jones’ cross allowed Finley Morgan to score Sidmouth’s first.

Bradninch were spooked by Sidmouth’s new-found confidence and Cole Monaghan scored again for the Raiders.

By now the pitch was bordering on unplayable but still the two teams fought hard in the mud. Sidmouth conceded once more and again the fight back came with a cheeky back heel shot to level the scores. Goalkeeper Isaac James was kept busy during this hard and well-fought game.

Both teams’ supporters and parents showed their support and encouragement at the blow of the final whistle.


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