Sidbury United are below-par, but still bag cup win

Tipton St John 0, Sidbury United 2 (after extra time) Sidbury United took a break from their impressive early season league campaign to bag a place in the second round of the East Devon Senior Cup.

The two sides had met the fortnight before in a Fresha League encounter which Sidbury had won in some comfort, but this meeting was much closer, going the distance before United edged through with two extra-time goals.

The promise the side have been showing in the first league games of the season was missing, but a key to the performance may have been the disappointing surface they played on, one that was not conducive to the passing game that United favour.

Another key factor was that Tipton were far more effective than they had been 14 days before and they closed down space all over the pitch very well.

In normal time the Tipton keeper made two superb saves whilst Adam Conner saw shots beat the glovesman only to then cannon back into play off the frame of the goal.

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The deadlock was finally broken a minute into extra-time when Sam Seldon clipped a ball over the top for substitute Dave Green to collect before lifting the ball up and over the keeper and into the net.

The contest was not sealed until five minutes from the final whistle when a Glen Salter cross was thumped home with a six-yard volley by Connett.

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Sidbury glovesman Jamie Harvey kept his third successive clean sheet.

United boss Jamie Schofield said: “I made some changes today to give everyone in the squad a good run out, but that was no excuse for our poor performance. I am presuming that the lads turned up expecting to win this one at a canter and football is of course not like that! The over-confidence they pitched up with led to them dropping the work rate and passing that has been a feature of the early season for. I suspect we have learned a lesson with this slack performance and we will no doubt be well aware that when we return for the league game we must get the job done more effectively.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) there is more cup action when Sidbury travel to Uffculme to take on Culm United in the Devon Senior Cup.

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