Jarrett stars as Sidmouth thirds net Geary Cup success
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Sidmouth thirds were 4-1 winners when they met Feniton thirds in a Geary Cup tie.
Although the Vikings play to divisions higher than Feniton in terms of their Macron League campaigns, there was no indication of this in the early exchanges as the visitors moved the ball around well.
Gradually the Vikings got in to their stride with the midfield pairing of Ollie Jarrett and Ben Miller working hard to create a series of good chances.
However, the Feniton goalkeeper produced a string of superb saves to frustrate the home side.
As half-time approached, Ben Miller went on a typically rampaging run only to be upended on the edge of the Feniton penalty area. A quickly-taken free-kick took the Feniton defence by surprise as the overlapping Reuben Raffell drilled the ball into the net.
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At the break the team were urged to look to avoid complacency whilst the importance of the games ‘second’ goal was made very clear!
It was Sidmouth who got the all important goal when Richard Johnson met a corner with a powerful header that the Feniton keeper someone kept out only for the ball to fall to Ollie Jarrett who volleyed home from close range.
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Feniton heads did not drop and a fine chipped free kick from Joe Buckland brought them very much back into the game. For a short period the Vikings were under pressure, but nerves were calmed when Jonny Dunn rifled the ball home to make it 3-1.
Richard Johnson was then able to give the score line a more flattering appearance as he beat the offside trap to round off the scoring.
Amongst a number of eye-catching performances the one that stood out was the shift put in by Ollie Jarrett who showed great dynamism and composure in the heart of the Sidmouth midfield.
Sidmouth coach Ian Peacock said: “It was an entertaining game which was played in a good spirit. Credit must go to Feniton who kept playing their football to the very end.”