Hughes at the double as Sidmouth Raiders Under-13s edged out by Central

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Sidmouth Raiders 3, Central 4 Sidmouth Raiders Under-13s were edged out in an enthralling contest.

Two well-matched teams gave their all and the outcome was in doubt right to the final whistle.

The Raiders one regret at the full-time whistle would have been that had they taken their chances they would surely have taken all three points themselves!

Raiders opened the scoring when Skelding neatly by-passed the defence before thumping the ball home.

Central quickly restored parity as the game swung from end-to-end.


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Sidmouth’s second goal came with a ball through the centre of defence from Skelding which found its way through the legs of a Central defender to Hughes who slotted home. Hughes struck again with an opportunist header when the Central goalkeeper uncharacteristically fumbled the ball.

After the break Raiders fashioned a number of chances and, on more than one occasion the frame of the goal came to Central’s rescue.

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At the final whistle the central coach was quick to praise the Raiders team who had, in his opinion, given central their hardest match of the season to date! Given that a few players were missing owing to Easter holidays, it underlines the strength in depth there is in this age group at Sidmouth Town.

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