Sidmouth Raiders Under-14s end table-toppers unbeaten record with superb all-roudn show
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Sidmouth Raiders Undeer-14 were 3-1 winners when they travelled to previously unbeaten BK United in Exeter.
Raiders began well and, after neat inter-play between Josh Roberts and Ben Latham, captain Cole Monaghan saw an effort go just wide.
Soon after Will Lorkins provided the pass that saw Monaghan rifle the ball against the frame of the goal.
The home side, though forced to defend for long periods, carried a threat, but they got little change out of Louis Stamp and Jamie Wyant in the Raiders defensive third.
Scot Gibson had a big influence on proceedings with his sweet left foot, but half-time arrived with the game still seeking its first goal.
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After the break Raiders coach Trevor Lorkins made changes that really paid dividends.
Jake Jones, Matte Laurenti and stalwart defender Thomas West were introduced and, within minutes of joining the action Jake Jones got on the end of a Ben Latham cross to open the scoring. Clearly stung, the home side rallied and levelled from the penalty spot.
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Raiders soon had the lead restored as Ollie Jones crossed for Jake Jones to double his tally and Jones then completed his hat-trick, getting on the end of a Latham corner.
The home side were presented with a glorious chance to get back into the game when awarded a second penalty, but this time, Issac James made a superb save.
Thereafter Raiders saw the game out in a degree of comfort.
Coach Lorkin said: “The team, to a player, were magnificent and, in terms of a Man of the Match award, there’s no doubt that the whole squad involved in the game deserve that accolade.”