Nicholls nets first Sidmouth Raiders Under-10 goal


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On a fresh spring morning Sidmouth Raiders and Warriors Under-10s were involved in a series of matches with hosts Seaton Town and also Lyme Regis Youth.

The Raiders started strongly in their opening encounter against Lyme Regis. With Harrison Howe and David Clapp forming a formidable defensive partnership, Raiders looked in good shape, but they were held off until just before half-time when a slick finish from a tight angle William Pulman gave his team a 1-0 interval lead.

Lyme Regis rallied at the start of the second half and scored two goals in quick succession, but Raiders dug deep, regained their composure, and ensure they got something for their efforts with a fine header from Man of the Match Thomas Nicholls – that his first goal for the club.

Next up Raiders took on a highly competitive Seaton Town outfit! Michal Bielawski fired Raiders in the lead, but parity was swiftly restored. Thanks to the midfield work of Jake Paget and George Tanner, it was no more than Raiders deserved when Thomas Nicholls netted to send Raiders into half-time 2-1 up.

After the break the home side took control and created plenty of chances, but found Raiders’ glovesman and Man of the Match, Toby Gosse, in great form. Young Gosse was however beaten by two almost identical free-kicks late on to leave raiders edged out by the odd goal in five!

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Warriors started their morning against Seaton Town and, as is often the case when these two sides meet, the action was frenetic – and physical! Early on some excellent midfield play from the Warriors saw them take the lead thanks to a great finish from Charley Turley. Soon after, following a lovely interchange of passes Tom Cload doubled the lead. Just before the break Seaton pulled one back. Warriors had an extra yard in their step in the second half and Man of the Match Tom Cload scored a terrific solo goal to make it 3-1. Charles Joy was introduced for his first action in a Warriors shirt and he fired a shot fractionally over the bar. At the other end of the pitch glovesman Anthony Nita was in inspired form and the game was comfortably closed out for a 3-1 Warriors victory.

In their meeting with Lyme Regis, Warriors started strongly and held the upper hand throughout. Jamie Pitter was at his excellent best, scoring four first half goals whilst also turning provider for team mates to net. With excellent defending from Callum French and Matthew Dunford the Sidmouth goal was rarely threatened and half-time arrived with Warriors 7-0 up. In the second half scored two more with Man of the Match Jamie Pitter providing assists for Ben Elsom and Dev Nair to round off the scoring. A battling Lyme netted a deserved late consolation.

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