Isaac stars as Warriors have mixed fortunes against Cully sides

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Warriors Under-8s had mixed fortunes in their latest Exeter and District Youth League outings against teams from Cullompton as they lost by a four goal margin and then promptly won by a similar margin.

First up they made a miserable start to their meeting with Cullompton Wanderers and found themselves 5-1 down at half-time!

Luca Vickery scored the lone Warriors goal in a half where just about everything that could go wrong – did!

Clearly a half-team chat from the coach made a difference for the Warriors were a different proposition in the second half. They had a real spring in their step from the first whistle and fully deserved the two goals they scored – answered by two from Wanderers who ultimately claimed a 7-3 success.

Lucas O’Connor was on the end of a slick team move to net the second and Vickery doubled his tally, rifling home a free-kick.

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Warriors bounced back in style, serving up a terrific all-round team performance to comfortably defeat Cullompton Rangers 6-2.

Lucas Vickery opened up the scoring after some fine work from Alistair Mounoury. Rangers levelled on the stroke of half-time and then took an early second half lead, capitalising on a mistake.

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Cully then threatened to get a third, but were denied by two exceptional saves from Jamie White. The two saves proved all the more important when new-signing Oscar Finch provided the assist for Vickery to net his second and level things up.

The industrious Alistair Mounoury then scored a superb solo goal to give Warriors a 3-2 lead. Cully tried to battle back into the game, but the Warriors defence, and particularly Ethan Isaac, denied them a number of times

Scorer the turned provider as Mounoury provided the assist for the impressive Finch to power a long-range strike home.

The fifth goal was started by Isaac who carried the ball out of defence before laying it off for Lucas O’Connor to smash home the fifth. The sixth and final goal owed mu to the initial work of Stepan Houvara who found Vickery and when he sent in a teasing cross it was met by O’Coonor to net with a flick header.

The Warriors Man of the Match award went to Ethan Isaac.

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