Long and O’Connor net in Raiders defeat

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

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

Sidmouth Raiders Under-12s were involved in a classic ‘game of two halves’ as they went down 6-2 on their visit to Seaton for an Exeter and District Youth League game.

Seaton, playing with the advantage of the slope in the first half, used it well and attacked with pace. Raiders countered with some good attacking play, but found the home back line well organised and particularly adept at setting offside traps!

The first half drew to a close with Seaton holding a 5-0 lead.

Words were said at the break and Raiders were a different proposition throughout the second half!

Some determined play by Josh O ‘Connor saw him keep the ball in play and his deep cross found Frank Long who applied a neat finish to make it 5-1.

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Seaton added a sixth, albeit against the run of play, but the action was soon back in the home area and it was no more than Raiders deserved when O’Connor scored the sides second. Indeed, but for the excellence of the home goalkeeper Raiders would have scored a number of other goals!

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