Sidbury ready to take on Willand
PUBLISHED: 09:31 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010
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There was a huge sigh of relief at the end of this difficult encounter with West Exe Rovers as Sidbury left it until the 90th minute to take all three points.
There was a huge sigh of relief at the end of this difficult encounter with West Exe Rovers as Sidbury left it until the 90th minute to take all three points. Despite their lowly position in the table West Exe proved again that all teams in this division are capable of taking points off each other and, with a little more good fortune, could have easily had all the points themselves. They led for 70 minutes after scoring as early as the 10th minute. The first half was fairly even as far as possession went, Sidbury having enough chances to score and West Exe could have doubled their lead.It was in the second half that the game turned around as the Seagulls' superior fitness began to tell, although the away side did rattle the Sidbury crossbar straight after the re-start.As Sidbury began to turn the screw, and substitutions were made, the chances created started coming thick and fast. Kevin Dorman replaced Mark Hadley and immediately made an impression with his first effort just missing the target by a whisker, his second shot hitting the cross bar. The next change was the one that brought Sidbury back into the game. Matt Rasmussen replaced the hard working Dean Goddard -Rasmussen's inch-perfect pass saw Dan Churchill race away to level the scores with a superb strike from 20 yards.Skipper Ben Woolley had a chance to put his side ahead but headed just wide. Churchill had a chance from six yards but put it over the bar and Russell Coombs came close with a wonderful strike from 20 yards that saw a fine save from the overworked keeper. The game looked like ending as a stalemate until Sam Elstub stepped up to become the hero with a cross-cum-shot from just inside the West Exe half. Everyone was screaming at him, as time was running out, to get the ball into the box and he struck it with the intent of causing as much chaos as he could. He was rewarded as the ball sailed into the far corner of the net.The Sidbury supporters went mad with delight as that goal meant they had extended their lead at the top of the table.West Exe felt they had been mugged but in reality they were lucky that it was only a single goal defeat, such was the Sidbury domination for the last 35 minutes.It was a performance of great character and determination which they hopefully will take into Saturday's crunch match with Willand Rovers Reserves.Manager Mel Coombs said: "That's the first time we have had the rub of the green for ages. So often in the past we have battered teams and been done at the end. If I was the West Exe manager I would have been very disappointed but we thoroughly deserved the win."Had we taken all our chances then there would have been no argument. I need to keep the lads' feet firmly on the ground because we play Willand on Saturday. A defeat there will make our recent run of results seem worthless. We have to play like a side who are always trying to prove something to give ourselves a chance."Star man was Dan Churchill.This Saturday the seconds are back in action at home to Thorverton Res, kick off 2.15pm.
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