Sidmouth Junior Vikings Under-10s put Millwey Rise to the sword

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9034. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9034. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Junior Vikings Under-10s entertained teams from Lyme Regis and Millwey Rise for their latest action.

The opening game was against a Lyme Regis side that were set up with a lot of defenders which allowed the young Vikings to play four in attack and they were soon creating pressure - and chances! The opening goal came after some neat approach play involving Riley Pugsley and James Plowden prior to Joseph Anning striking the ball home. Back came the visitors, but they got no change out of the disciplined defending of Reece Hext and Keiran Wood in front of goalkeeper Haiden Clapp who, when called into action, was equal to the best Lyme Reis had to offer.

However, just before the break the visitors did get a goal and the sides went into half-time all square.

The second half followed a similar pattern of play to the first with the Vikings doing most of the pressing. However, Lyme held out until, with full time approaching Vikings forced a corner.

The ball was cleared, but only to young Anning on the edge of the area and he drove it low and hard through a crowd of legs and into the net to give Vikings a richly deserved 2-1 win.

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The second became almost the ‘perfect performance’ with the Vikings coaches able to stand back and admire their young charges serving up football of the highest order and clearly showing almost all of the skills and team movements that they had been taught in coaching sessions.

Millwey Rise had no answer to the Vikings power and, with wingers Riley Pugsley and Reggie Reed working well down either flank, a cross into the area was finished sweetly by James Plowden.

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Pugsley made it three with a clinical finish before winger Reed and Plowden, with his second, sent the Vikings into the break with a 5-0 lead.

The second half saw things changed around with Anning and Plowden given defensive duties, Sid Ridgeway took over in central midfield and Alexander Goody was deployed in the centre forward role and Reece Hext was given license to roam up and down the left wing.

Hext scored a second half hat-trick and young Goody netted a double with Reed also scoring his second of the match to seal a hugely impressive 11-0 win.

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