Missed chances cost Sidmouth Town Under-15s at Cullompton
Sidmouth Town 2, Cullompton Rangers 6 Unlike the previous match, Town started in sluggish fashion and shipped two goals inside the opening ten minutes, writes Paul Newbery.
Once Sidmouth woke up they soon gained a foothold in the contest and struck back when, from a corner, Jamie Newbery headed the ball on for Connor Murphy to stab home.
Newbery was winning every header, but Sid failed to capitalise on any of his flicks.
Just before the break the home side scored a third to take a two-goal advantage into the break.
Sidmouth increased the tempo after the restart, but were caught on the break and fell 4-1 down.
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The response was good as Sidmouth looked to get at the home side with Ali Forsyth and Joe Miller prominent on either flank.
A fine cross from Miller was tucked away neatly by Newberry to make it 4-2.
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Sidmouth were now dominant with Harvey Sargent controlling the middle of the park and Ed Doble was put through one-on-one, but the keeper saved.
Two more chances were saved by the home glovesman. Sidmouth continued to press leaving Dylan King and Jonny Surtees as the only defenders and the home side were able to back two more counter-attack goals to bag a score line that did not do justice to the excellent contribution Sidmouth made to the game.
Sidmouth enjoyed large periods of dominance, but as the old adage says: “goals win games”; Cully took their chances whilst Sidmouth didn’t and the misses at 4-2 down were probably pivotal to the outcome.