Raiders U11s amazing in cup semi

STJV U9 Raiders 1, Colyton Redsocks 2

The Raiders were unlucky not to get a draw in a closelyfought game.

After going a goal down, they fought back thanks to Robbie Hallett’s equaliser -quick thinking from CJ Abbot set him up for a well-worked equaliser.

Colyton hit back midway through the second half, despite some great defending by Man of the Match Freddie Squire and Noah Raffell.

STJV U9 Raiders 1 Colyton Raiders 2

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Raiders were denied a deserved draw by a last gasp penalty save by the Colyton goalkeeper, saving Lewis Rowden’s well struck spot kick.

Will Bond had pulled one back as the Raiders tried to fight back from two down before the last minute spot kick. Jude Levi put in a Man of the Match performance tackling and working hard for the team but the Raiders struggled to get any rhythm to their game.

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Sidmouth U11s Warriors 7, Exmouth 2

The U11 Warriors stunned Div 1 seaside rivals Exmouth with an outstanding display of attacking football last Saturday.

First half, Lucas Richardson excelled on the right wing, threatening going forward and tracking back to win possession when needed. Assisted by Jacob Rice, Sidmouth had control of midfield, and soon a goal came, a superb 15 yard strike from Richardson. Then followed a net-breaker from busy Jay Harris, and another from Spalding at close range.

Three didn't feel comfortable enough, especially when Exmouth got one back! But robust defending from Emmett and Shorthouse kept it tight at the back and the score to 3-1 at half time.

The second half, Sidmouth were ruthless. Several attacking moves came from sublime creative touches and passes from left back Garrick. Brave first-half keeper Miller put away a fourth, a early left-footed strike from Spalding and a second from Harris too made it six. Man-of-the-match Nicholas's excellent work-rate on the left wing was rewarded with a seventh. Exmouth scored a late consolation but 7-2 was a huge result, the team’s first home win of 11/12 and a fantastic team performance.

Sidmouth U11 Raiders 3, St Martins 3

the Raiders faced a hard game to stay on top of the league, St Martin’s were determined to not make it easy but a mel�e near goal, saw Thomas Moore score the first goal, writes Sandra Spiller.

st Martin came back to equalise. Moore, Louis Adey and Luke Spiller had good communication between each other which resulted in a second Sidmouth goal before half time, from Adey.

The second half saw Josh, Thomas Burhop and Jed working hard to stop St Martins getting through. A goalmouth scramble saw Marcin score his first goal for Sidmouth Raiders. They held tight to their advantage, but, with five minutes to go, tiredness kicked in and St Martin’s scored two in the dying minutes for a draw. ?Earlier this month the Raiders played Cullompton in their Devon Cup Semi final at Devon FA HQ in Newton Abbot.

Raiders won 5-3 with a hat-trick from Thomas Moore and two goals from Louis Adey.

It was an amazing match, a real thriller and the players cannot wait for the final against West Exe at St Jame’s Park in May.

idmouth U12 Warriors 2, Feniton 4

Sidmouth Warriors U12s produced a very brave performance with a depleted team against Feniton in an important league match at home.

With just the bare 11 players before kick off, the Warriors knew they were in for a tough time against very determined opposition. For the first 25 minutes, though, the Warriors played some lovely passing football with Cooke pulling the strings and the defence of captain Jones, Hayman, De Gruchy and Man of the Match Woodruff making sure nothing got through at the other end. Silk, Cooke and Tremlett all went close before Cooke smashed home a close range shot to give the Warriors a deserved lead. Tremlett, on his last game for the Warriors, had a great chance to make it 2-0 but fired over. With Elliot Perez carrying an injury in the heart of midfield and hardly being able to move, Feniton got back into the game and scored just before half time to make it 1-1.

With Perez unable to continue, the Warriors started the second half with 10 players and Feniton scored two early goals. To the Warriors’ credit they found extra strength to come right back into the game, with Cooke going close twice before a Tremlett’s strike gave the Warriors real hope. Unfortunately Ollie Perez, whilst making an outstanding save, injured his knee in the process but bravely carried on. Feniton exploited this, with a low shot which found the corner of the net with Perez unable to dive. The Warriors kept going, and created a few more chances before the final whistle went on 4-2.

The boys gave everything and should be very proud.

Team; Ollie Perez, Matt Jones, Tom Woodruff, Kade Hayman, Jack Silk, Toby De Gruchy, Elliot Perez, Tom Cooke , Luke Tremlett, Alex Thomas and Leon Sinker.

Sidmouth Town JV U13s 2, Honiton 2

Sidmouth failed in their attempt to go to St James' Park for the final of the Chairman’s Cup losing 6-2 away at Honiton.

Although only having a bare 11, Sidmouth were fairly confident of getting a positive result but it wasn't to be. Honiton started the stronger and had scored within a couple of minutes. It didn't take long for them to take the lead and it was soon doubled. Midway through the half, Joe Miller lobbed over the keeper to halve the arrears. Sidmouth continued to press forward and Ed Doble had a couple of good chances which forced excellent saves from the keeper.With 10 minutes of the half left Ben Miller got the equaliser.

The second half started evenly but Honiton were soon ahead and turned the lead into a two-goal cushion. Sidmouth tried to get the goals back but two goals in five minutes finished it off.

Manager Sean Murphy said: "The boys gave it their all and most of them have played an awful lot of football in the last 10 days or so and were understandably tired. Honiton scored one great goal, but we didn’t help our own cause with the others - and in that situation, any team will struggle.”

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