Sidmouth and Ottery fifth team make flying stat to new league season

A brace of goals each for Kyle Hartnall and Andrew Coley, as well as one from Richard Lucas secured a good first win of the season for SOHC men’s fifth team, as they defeated East Devon 5-2.

With the club having dropped it’s sixth team, the side was made up mainly of players who played in the fifths and sixths last season, when both teams had quite a lean time of it.

Despite not having played much together before, the players gelled quickly and were soon putting East Devon under pressure in this match played at Ottery St Mary.

Nick Mansfield, who was playing an attacking role in front of the defenders helped develop a number of attacks and by mid-way through the half the home side was two goals up, with Hartnall opening the account and Lucas capitalising on a later attack.

East Devon grabbed one back before the interval to maintain the competitive nature of the game.

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Coley scored within a few minutes of the re-start, connecting well with a pass into the area from Andy Langley before East Devon reduced the deficit to one again soon after.

The home side extended their lead again with Mansfield’s pass into the area met by Coley to get his second.

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The striker had to leave the pitch soon after, with a cut to the mouth that later needed hospital treatment. Hartnall scored SOHC’s fifth goal and East Devon were unable to respond, so the three-goal difference was maintained as the game finished.

The side has a week off this week before starting their league campaign for the 2014/15 season.

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