Gosse header helps Sidmouth third team to sweet success at Bampton

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Sidmouth third team ended the season on a high note as they scored a late winner to bank the points on their visit to Bampton.

In two meetings earlier in the campaign, one in the cup and the first league meeting, Bampton had won both, so for the young Vikings to exact revenge was indeed very sweet!

Sidmouth had to contend with playing up the considerable slope in the first half and had to work hard to resist the hosts. There was some excellent defending, particularly from impressive right back Ollie Pinnock.

Once they settled into the contest Sidmouth began to play some good passing football and a smart move was finished off well with a typically powerful shot by Josh Worthington, who was making a very welcome return to the side following surgery.

As the first half drew to a close Bampton increased the pressure and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession. The first being the result of a freak bounce on the rather agricultural pitch. The second being the result of some lax marking, and that gave the hosts a narrow 2-1 interval lead.

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The second half saw Sidmouth enjoy the benefit of playing down the slope. A series of good chances were spurned before the Sidmouth management team of Peacock and Nicolle made the substitution and tactical alteration that was to change the game.

As the clock ticked down, Man of the Match Carl Baldwin beat the Bampton full-back before laying the ball back to Arnie Onaki who rifled it home from close range to make it 2-2.

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Then, with the referee checking his watch, Sidmouth goalkeeper Adam Bartlett cleared well. Joe Gosse saw the on-rushing Bampton keeper coming off his line and had the presence of mind to head the ball over the gloves man and into the net to seal a deserved win.

The victory did serve to underline the huge progress made by this new team.

In what was for many their first season of adult football the youngsters can be especially proud of their efforts.

The season ends this coming Saturday with a home game at Sidford when the team host Open Space from Exeter.

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