Goody fires Warriors into next round of Under-10 Cup
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Sidmouth Warriors Under-10s began a new season of competitive football with a cup tie at Crediton.
On a small, narrow Mid Devon pitch, Warriors began well, but despite dominating the early exchanges, they struggled to create too many clear cut chances and it was the hosts who had the best opportunities.
However, on the occasions they opened up the visiting defence the home strikers frown Warriors’ glovesman Haiden Clapp in terrific form – two or three close range saves were out of the top drawer!
The deadlock was broken following some superb inter-play involving Riley Pugsley, James Plowden and Reggie Reed before the latter skipped past his marker before crossing for Joe Anning to thump the ball home.
Despite the best efforts of defenders Scott Monroe Higgs and Alex Goody, Crediton levelled just before the break with a well taken goal.
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Half-time changes saw the introduction of new signing Kieran Wood to take a defensive role and Sid Ridgeway operating on the right wing.
Warriors dominated the early stages of the second half with Alex Goody causing countless problems for the home defence down the left side.
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It was no surprise when Warriors regained the lead with Goody the provider and Anning the scorer.
The home side hit back and, after a couple more splendid saves, Clapp was beaten again to leave the tie 2-2.
With time running out and a penalty shoot-out looming, Wood and Plowden combined to find Anning who, in turn, used his quick feet to drill a precise pass through to Goody who rounded the keeper to roll home a deserved winner.
In a terrific team display glovesman Clapp deserves much praise for a splendid individual shift.