Sidmouth Raiders Under-13s serve up five-star show at Feniton

Sidmouth Raiders U13 player Zac Birkhead

Sidmouth Raiders U13 player Zac Birkhead - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Raiders Under-13s were again in fine form as they travelled to Feniton where they secured a 5-2 win in an Exeter and District Youth League meeting.

Raiders made a flying start and took the lead in the third minute when Fin Hobday climbed highest in a crowded area to head home a well-flighted corner from Jack Symington.

Hobday clearly enjoyed the moment, scoring against a side he left 12 months ago to join the Raiders.

The lead was doubled when Elliot Anning finished off a neat passing move.

Raiders, now in charge, were moving the ball around with accuracy and precision and it was no surprise when new signing Sam Sudlow created himself a goal ‘out of nothing’.


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The youngster chased down a clearance from the home defence, dispossessed the defender and rolled the ball home to send Raiders into the interval with a 3-0 lead.

Feniton showed character, and hit back after the break and, in a short spell when they dominated the contest, they would have added further goals but for a superb display from Raiders’ glovesman Thomas Craig, who was also helped out by some disciplined and determined defending.

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Soren Hall then took centre stage, giving the game a greater intensity and, when he saw an opportunity to get onto the end of a wonderful ball, he guided the ball beyond the home goalkeeper.

Minutes later, Hall tore down the wing, nutmegging [playing the ball between the defender’s legs], before rifling the ball home.

Feniton had the final word with a superb goal, but Raiders were left comfortable, and deserving, winners.

An opposition fan was heard to say: “Well, it is obvious how they beat us – they were passing and we weren’t.”

Much credit for this excellent team performance should go to coaches Steve Johnson and Dave Johnson.

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