Sid Valley junior football round-up

The Sidmouth Town U8s Raiders struggled to create chances against a strong Brixington United side and eventually went down 3-0, writes Alan Hallett.

Both teams had observed a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, before kick off, impeccably.

United started the match on the front foot and Raiders were forced to defend for long periods with Will Bond making some good saves.

Man of the Match Louis Silk put in a skilful performance on the left and Samuel Rice defied his stature and battled and tackled for every ball, but the Raiders struggled to create scoring chances.

The Raiders never gave up and continued trying to pass the ball around right up to the last whistle, but were not quite strong enough to match a good United side.

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Despite a late fight back, Sidmouth Town junior Vikings U8s Raiders couldn't overcome a very good Brixington Blues side that ran out 4-2 winners in a friendly.

Will Bond put the Raiders one up after a bright start for the Greens, but only the heroics in goal of Man of the Match Robbie Hallett kept the Raiders in front as the half wore on. Blues scored four quick goals before Stanley Richardson grabbed a deserved goal to reward a tireless display.

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Sidmouth Town JV U9s Warriors beat St Martin’s 4-0 in cup action, writes Rob Fowler.

Sidmouth have been playing some very good passing football in the last few weeks and were straight at St Martin’s winning the early battles and getting the ball down and passing it around well

Louis Morison was driving through midfield with power. Supporting the wide men in the box, Jordan Fowler rifled a shot home to put Sids 1-0 up. They got their second goal from Oliver Pugsley, who ran on to Morison’s pass to make it 2-0 at half time.

Connor Mcnamara-Campbell came on at half time and was soon in on the act, scoring Sidmouth’s third. In a double sub, Josh Roberts came on for Lascelles at the back and Sam Pyne came on for Ryan Griffiths. Sids were making the play by now and were denied a long-range fourth by the St Martin’s goalie.

Team: H Ensall, D Lascelles, R Griffiths, T Wood, I Morison, J Fowler, O Pugsley,J Roberts, S Pyne, C Mcnamara-Campbell.

In a second friendly match between the sides, all the subs started and Sidmouth won 9-2.

Scorers were: Sam Pyne 3, Oliver Pugsley 3, Tyler Wood 1, Connor M-C, Harry Ensall.

The pick of the goals was from regular keeper Ensall.

Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings U9 Raiders won their cup match against Heavitree Tornadoes U9s 3-2, writes Grant Mitchell.

Tornadoes, seeking revenge for last week’s league defeat, eventually succumbed in extra time to Raiders determination and team spirit.

Raiders owed everything to Isaac James, who made at least six outstanding saves as Tornadoes peppered Raiders goal on the counter-attack.

Defenders Oliver Jones, Ben Scrivens and Thomas West were tested to the limit but stood firm. In midfield, Finlay Morgan was literally everywhere and Theo Burne, time after time turned defence into attack. Scott Gibson showed great control and put in some tantalising left foot crosses. George Salter was a constant threat driving forward with ferocious tackling.

Goals were scored by Jake Jones, set up by Alex Mitchell, and Cole Monaghan who fired off a trademark shot. Tornadoes levelled and with penalties looming in extra time Mitchell broke free of his two markers to lob the ball over the advancing keeper. Joyous scenes for Raiders and literally tears in the Tornados’ camp. A fantastic team effort.

The Sidmouth Town U10s Warriors tested nerves to the limit last Saturday in a dramatic match against West Exe Rangers, which went to penalties, writes Alex Spalding

Sidmouth came back from behind twice in this game, both times West Exe catching Sidmouth on the break. The first equaliser was a 15 yard blaster from Louis Spalding, the second a deflection from a wicked Matt Salter cross. Archie Marchant had a superb first half in defence, matched by Toby Garrick in the second. Both played alongside a commanding James Emmett, who was outstanding. Upfront Jack Miller and Will Ashby kept their opponents constantly on their toes.

At full time it was 2-2. After extra time it was still 2-2. Emmett slotted the first penalty home, easy-as-you-like. Keeper Ben Plowden saved West Exe's first. Matt Salter converted the second, as did Rangers, so it was down to Lucas Richardson to take the decider. His team-mates huddled, barely able to watch. Then, a perfect penalty and Sidmouth were through - the boys went crazy!

After all that excitement the boys were still up for a friendly too. Yet another topsy-turvy game finished 4-3 to West Exe - Ben Plowden, Will Ashby and James Emmett scoring for Sidmouth.

This was a special morning. From the way they respectfully observed the minute's silence at the start, to sportingly commiserating with their opponents at the end, not to mention some awesome football in-between, the lads gave everyone watching reason to be very proud.

Sidmouth Warriors U11s ground out a victory in the first round of the cup against Inter Heavitree, writes Simon Jones.

The game was late kicking off which meant the Warriors had a bare nine players due to rugby commitments. The game was contested in midfield early on with Joe Lowe leading by example making some big tackles to win the ball. Unfortunately, no sooner had he won back possession the Warriors gave it away again.

Gosse went close, before a corner from Inter, despite Sinker’s best efforts, was forced over the line. Warriors fought their way back before half time when a pin-point pass from Lowe found Gosse. whose clever placement made the half time score 1-1.

The second half was still scrappy, but the Warriors got stronger as the game went on. Man of the Match, Joe Buckland, was outstanding , as a makeshift right back, winning every tackle with great distribution.

Gosse, Buckland and McCullin all went close before the hard- working Tremlett put Sidmouth into a deserved lead. This lifted the team and a great shot from McCullin was turned round A great pass from McCullin was slotted home by Tremlett for a hard-fought 3-1 victory.

Team; Leon Sinker, Matt Jones, Tom Woodruff, Joe Lowe , Jack Silk, Luke Tremlett, James McCullin, Ben Gosse and Joe Buckland.

Sidmouth Vikings U13 beat Alphington away in a thrilling Cup match 10-2, writes Liz Seward.

Sidmouth were the underdogs in this first round of the cup, with Alphington currently playing in the league above, but it was clear from the start that they were not going to be walked over.

Joe Cox soon showed why he is top goal scorer, when he opened his tally with a cracking goal, the first of four. Not to be out done, Sam Cavin also fired home four goals. Sam Marriott rounded the total up to 10.

Alphington showed glimmers of skilful play, and managed to score twice against a battling defence. Yet again some key saves by Adam Bartlett saved the day. Well played by all boys, who now progress to the second round.

An emphatic win saw Sidbury U14s come out on top in this derby match with Sidmouth and progress through to the next round of the League Cup, writes Julie Logan.

The game was played in good spirit and well refereed. There was some good individual performances from Kieran Murphy, Ben Kidson, Rob Mansfield, Bill Reed and Zac Mattin was in awesome form again, chipping in with two first half goals and created four assists.

Aaron Pearse, Rob Mansfield, Kieran Murphy and Cody Northcott dealt admirably with anything that the Sidmouth attack offered, which meant keeper Daryl Young was never really tested.

Sidbury went into half time five nil up, other than the brace from Mattin, Harry Wright scored one as did Jake Lucas and Ben Kidson got his name on the score sheet too.

Sidbury scored four second half goals, Ben Kidson got his second, Harry Elliott scored the best worked goal of the match when he headed in at the far post after a great move which included some neat first time passes. Hamish Culling scored twice. Sidmouth deserve plaudits for the way they never gave in, and were rewarded with a consolation goal. A very well- taken penalty, also worth a mention is the Sidmouth keeper who pulled off a number of very good saves, and their centre half, who took the goal kicks, had a good game too.

Sidbury must carry this buoyant style and new found confidence into their remaining matches.

A flat performance saw Sidmouth Town U15s lose out 3-0 to Alphington in a cup match, writes Dickie Seldon.

The boys should be grateful to goalkeeper Dec Lines, who produced an outstanding display, called into action time after time, as a lack of commitment all over the pitch saw the ball given away far too easily.

Sidmouth could have been two goals up in the first 10 minutes, but slow reactions and a lack of commitment saw the chance go begging.

Dan Powell had his hands full with a lightning-fast winger, and stuck to his task well.

It was no surprise to see Alphington take the lead, and they never really looked under threat until the final 15 minutes, when Sidmouth did at least muster a few chances when 3-0 down. A further concern for the Sidmouth defence was that they didn’t get a head on any of the countless corners and crosses that were sent into their box.

The only bright spots being the displays of Lines, Powell and Still. Expect changes to be made on Saturday as the Manager looks to see a more committed approach when the boys take on Cullompton in the league, 10.30 ko at Newton Pop.

SiDMouth town U16s went top of the league after beating Tedburn St Mary 3-1 away, writes Scott Newbery.

Tedburn were ahead within a minute. Great play from Eoin Ross led to Barnesy levelling the scores with a bullet header. Keeper Scott Newbery showed his class with a great catch under intense pressure at a Tedburn corner and a brilliant diving save to his left to keep it 1-1 at half time.

In the second half, Sidmouth were brilliant with another solid display from Ollie Tollerfield, Leo Jones and Mike Feeney. Sam Cox, Luke Warriner and Ross were brilliant in midfield with Cox playing some sublime long balls.

This led to many chances and Barnesy made it 2-1 before Ricki Harris made the game safe after knocking home the rebound after his initial shot was saved by the keeper.

Another good win for Sidmouth shows that they will be fighting for the title come the end of the season

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