Mighty Moore as Sidmouth Town Under-14s complete season in style.
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Sidmouth Town Under-15s ended their Exeter and District Youth League season in some style as they won 5-3 at Stoke Hill.
Sidmouth travelled to Exeter in the knowledge that a victory would see them finish joint third in the top division, and they duly delivered a fine all-round performance that saw them bag a 12th victory in 20 outings this league campaign.
Sidmouth began with a high tempo and it was not long before Tom Moore showed just what his team mates have been missing with him playing in goal for the previous three games!
There were just five minutes on the clock when he rose highest in the Stoke area to head home a superb cross from Matt Salter.
The home side replied immediately with a sweetly struck free-kick that gave stand-in gloves man Louis Adey no chance.
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Town were quickly back onto the front foot and scored three times before the interval to head into half-time with a healthy lead.
The lead was restored thanks to a turn, swivel and shot from Jacob Rice before Moore netted his second and Louis Spalding turned home a Jack Miller cross to make it 4-1.
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Ten minutes into the second half the Exeter side were right back into the contest as they scored two quick-fire goals.
With positional changes and players being rotated, Sidmouth started to lose their swagger and allowed Stoke Hill an element of control. The home team had a penalty opportunity to equalise.
However, two-goal Moore was now between the posts and he a comfortable save.
With Stoke continuing to press, Sidmouth dug deep and it was no more than they deserved in terms of their overall performance when Jack Miller rifled the ball home after some excellent approach play by Luke Spiller. This restored the two goal cushion and allowed Sidmouth to close out the game in some comfort.
This was a fitting end to a fantastic season. Having earned promotion this time last year, this group of young lads have shown that they have got what it takes to mix it with the best. To finish joint third was beyond the wildest dreams of the coaching team and all the squad are already looking forward to pre-season training.