Junior football round up
Sidmouth FC Warriors U10s beat Exwick 5-4 on penalties to win the quarter-final of the cup in which Exwick are the holders, writes Paul Newbery.
Sidmouth FC Warriors U10s beat Exwick 5-4 on penalties to win the quarter-final of the cup in which Exwick are the holders, writes Paul Newbery. A good start saw the Warriors attack from the start but Exwick forced a corner and earned a penalty which was tucked away.Sidmouth were stunned and only good defending from Jamie Newbery kept them at bay. Gradually Sidmouth got back in the game and good play from Joe Miller, Ollie Jarrett, Jacob Rowe and Alex Stone saw Exwick penned back in their own half. Near the end of the half a snap shot was well saved by Finlay Marks. Early in the second half a sweeping move, involving Connor Murphy and Ben Miller, saw Harvey Sargent cross for Joe Miller to volley home a well-deserved equaliser.Five minutes each way of extra time was end to end but it was still all square at the end and the dreaded penalty shoot-out loomed.Sidmouth went first with Joe Miller 1-0, Ex 1-1, Rowe 2-1, Ex 2-2 Ben Miller, 3-2, Ex 3-3, Sargent 4-3, Ex 4-4, Stone 5-4 but Marks saved to send the Warriors into the semi-final. Well done lads!l Sidmouth Town JV U11 Warriors won their first league match of the season 4-2 away to Feniton, writes George Peacock. The match was mostly one-sided in the first half, with Sidmouth keeping play close to the Feniton goal at all times. The first goal came midway through the first half with Tom Counsell heading home from inside the area. Almost immediately, Nathan Penhallurick crossed and George Peacock controlled it into the net. Just after half time Sidmouth scored their best goal. The ball was crossed from Sam Cavin to Peacock to volley into the back of the net. Sam Cavin crossed the ball into the middle to see it deflected off a Feniton head and into the net. But with Feniton still fighting, and Sidmouth too relaxed, Feniton came back with two goals before the final whistle. l Sidmouth Town JV Raiders U11s lost 4-0 at home to Culm, writes Gareth Edwards.It was their third home game in as many weeks and they were hoping to keep their momentum going. There was excellent support for the boys and spectators were entertained with a good game of football. The boys played good passing football from the start however, it was the stronger Culm team which created the better chances.Adam Bartlett in goal pulled off some stunning saves. With Raiders pressing for a goal, they got caught on the break which allowed Culm to score and they doubled their lead just before half time.Raiders started the second half playing good attacking football but they were still unable to penetrate the Culm defence and did not really test the Culm goalkeeper. Culm scored two more goals to make it four. Mark Pearse defended solidly alongside Jack Scrivens. The score did not reflect an excellent team effort against a stronger team.l Ottery St Mary FC U11s beat Culm Rangers 4-3 with goals from Connor Swingler, 2, Charlie Norris and Jordan Rodgers, writes Steve Flinders.Ottery returned to action after their defeat by top of the league Culm Eagles, playing at home to Culm Rangers. Good movement and passing from Culm gave them a well-deserved lead and they soon earned another.Ottery worked hard to try and get back in the game, upping the tempo and were unlucky to get caught on the break with a third goal. The Otters' worked hard, closing the ball down and were quickly rewarded with a good goal from Connor Swingler to go in 3-1 down at half time.The second half started with Ottery quickening the pace and pushing to get something from the game. Defenders Matti Galan, Ryan Tucker-Swift and Archie Jenkins battled hard, with goalie Nathan Gooding taking command of anything that came close. The midfield of Oliver Bird, Jordan Rodgers, Harry McNamara-Campbell and Swingler started to take control and were rewarded with a goal from Jordan Rodgers. They equalised with a well taken goal from Charlie Norris. With Culm heads dropping, the Otters showed what commitment and hard work can produce and when Connor Swingler scored the winner it showed the team that a 'never say die' attitude can take them far.Man of the match was Matti Galan for excellent defending.l Sidmouth Town FC JV U13s fired home a dozen goals to beat Hemyock 12-0 away, writes Dickie Seldon.Once Sidmouth had got the long journey out of their system, particularly Ward and Gosling who were both ill on arrival, the boys soon got the scoresheet moving at regular intervals. Doug Still played some lovely through balls to the forwards and Joe Blackmore again showed a good understanding of the game in midfield. Connor Ellis held the ball up well with his back to goal, and took the words of advice from his coaches by taking his own chances up front by poaching two good goals. With Sidmouth four goals up after 20 minutes, it was a good opportunity to give some of the squad players some lengthy game time. This chance was taken well by Toby Seldon, who set up a goal with his first pass, and showed up well for the rest of the match. Billy Eveleigh also highlighted his recent improvement with another strong display. Isaac Thomas produced intelligent and determined running down the flank, rewarded when he got on the end of a cross for a deserved goal. The second half saw a similar pattern, with one way traffic and Hemyock unable to get out of their own half. Goals continued to flow freely, though Sidmouth were reminded at half time and at the end that this was a good chance to get into good habits by choosing the right time to shoot and the right time to pass to a team-mate. Several times the more difficult option was taken from a tight angle with only the keeper to beat and the chance was wasted. In closely matched games this decision-making is vital.The game will go down as a great confidence boost, and the final tally of 12 goals was shared by Still, 2, Ellis, 2, Powell, 2, Gosling, 2, Sanders, Thomas, Blackmore and Jenkins.On Saturday, they look to avenge a heavy defeat earlier in the season against Phoenix Club. Kick-off 10.30 at Newton Pop. l Sidmouth Town JV U14s ended up sharing the points with Exwick, drawing 3-3 away from home, writes Jo Newbery.Early on, Sidmouth were unable to get the ball out of their own half and only good defending by Jack Bolton, Connor Male, and Tom Gibbs kept Exwick at bay. After 20 minutes Sidmouth started to get a foothold in the game. Luke Warriner's through ball found Ricki Harris and his superb cross was volleyed home by Ollie Tollerfield. Joe Neild and Jack Chamen were taking grip of the midfield enabling Harris to go close. Scott Newbery, in the Sidmouth goal, made two fine saves to go in at half time 1-0 up. Exwick had a purple patch in the second half, helped by woeful defending. Newbery saved superbly only for the ball to be miskicked by a defender back into his own goal to level the scores. A miskick by a defender allowed Exwick to nip in and make it 2-1. Another poor clearance found an Ex striker who lobbed the ball into the top corner for a 3-1 lead. At 3-1 down with five minutes to play things looked hopeless. However, a good ball from Chamen found Harris and Tollerfield produced the finish. In the last minute Tollerfield charged the ball down and it fell to Christian Marshall-Harris (who had only been on the pitch a few minutes) and he slotted the ball home for a great comeback and 3-3 draw. This was a fine game to watch, a draw being a fair result. Man of the match was shared between Newbery and Marshall-Harris. l OTTERY St Mary Firegirls U13s went into this match with top of the league Pinhoe U13s with the bare seven players write Dale Strawbridge and Greg Layzell.Despite Pinhoe impressing in their warm-up, Ottery looked good in the opening minutes running the ball down the wings and having a shot saved.Both teams attacked with real menace and desire to win and 24 minutes in, Pinhoe took the lead with a goal that came from nothing, leaving goalkeeper Zoe was unable to do anything about it.Pinhoe continued to drive forward but excellent goalkeeping kept Ottery in the game. At half-time, Ottery changed formation to push for a goal and had a couple of chances snuffed out by excellent Pinhoe defending. The best move of the match came when Jessica received the ball on the half-way line and played an excellent through ball down the left wing to Jolene. She ran the ball down the line to the edge of the box and cut it back to Jess who took a first time shot with her less- favoured left foot, the ball going inches wide. Time started to run out for Ottery who were still pressing for that equaliser, and a Kallie belter from the halfway line looked like being Ottery's goal of the season but went just over the bar.Despite disappointment at the scoreline, there was delight in the Ottery camp at the commitment, effort and performance the girls had put in to the match.No individual player was awarded the girl of the match award as it was felt they all deserved it.l Thank you to all the U13s who helped in the charity car wash at the fire station in Ottery on Saturday who raised just short of �400. They washed cars from 9am to 3pm, being a credit to the youth and the club. Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the event and to all who donated cash.