Onaki heads brace as Sidmouth thirds net derby win over Ottery St Mary Reserves

PUBLISHED: 11:41 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:41 11 December 2014

Sidmouth Town 3rds against local rivals Ottery St Mary 2nds. Ref shsp 9537-50-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Sidmouth Town 3rds against local rivals Ottery St Mary 2nds. Ref shsp 9537-50-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.


Sidmouth thirds claimed a third win of the Fresha League season when they defeated Ottery St Mary 2-1.

Sidmouth looked well-organised in the opening exchanges and bossed much of the first 20 minutes displaying slick passing and excellent movement on, and off, the ball.

However, their nemesis this season to date has been an inability to apply a finish when on top, and it reared its ugly head again in this contest!

They did despatch one opportunity when Arnie Onaki headed home a James Hiscox cross. The lead did not last long as Ottery were quickly level with a goal of genuine class from Dan Gill.

There followed a period of end-to-end football with both sides creating, and spurring, further opportunities before a well-flighted Hiscox corner was powerfully headed home by Onaki.

The Otters threw everything they had in a bid to find a second goal, but Sidmouth stood firm to see the game out.

There were a number of fine individual performances, particularity from Adam Bartlett, Ollie Pinnock and Sam Marriott, but the Man of the Match was deservedly taken by Arnie Onaki who had been a reluctant centre-half on the day, but defended with purpose and of course headed those two match-winning goals.

Saturday sees Sidmouth in more home action at Sidford with Sandford the visitors.

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