Sidmouth Town Under-15s edge thriller with West Exe Rangers
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Sidmouth Town Under-15s defeated visiting West Exe Rangers by the odd goal in seven.
With no referee available it was left to Jon Miller – who had been working with one of the Sidmouth younger groups – to step in and take the whistle.
There is a lack of football surfaces in the area and so the pitch that was used had already had seen action on a wet and windy day and so the surface was on the muddy side before a ball was kicked by the Under-15s!
Despite the conditions the home side began well and raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a terrific strike Ben Goodier that was followed soon after by a Louis Spalding goal – his chance coming when the visiting defence could only part block a Goodier free-kick.
West Exe hit back with a goal on the break and threatened to level, but were denied by a super save from home glovesman Tom Moore.
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Max Peacock headed a corner home to restore the home two-goal margin, but some poor Sidmouth defending was punished as the Exeter side struck their second.
The second half was a bit of a war of attrition. Neither side could really get into their stride and the game became littered with niggly fouls as temperatures started to rise!
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Sam Fernley took the goalkeeping gloves for the second half and made a number of fine saves before being beaten by a long-range strike that saw the away side level with 10 minutes remaining.
A draw looked the most likely result, despite the efforts of Tom Moore, now on pitch, and Spalding, in particular.
However, there was time still for Spalding to play a delightful ball into Matt Salter who took it in his stride and fired it beyond the West Exe ‘keeper to win the game!