Sidmouth Town Under-15s edged out by quality opposition
Sidmouth 1 Marldon 2 Sidmouth Under-15s hosted arguably one of the finest teams in the county in this age group.
Without a number of regular players Sidmouth started with an unfamiliar formation with a game plan to try and unsettle the passing game that Marldon play.
To a degree the ploy worked and the formation also allowed Sidmouth to attack and, with Jack DeWinton in fine form, they did just that!
Sidmouth enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and took the lead with a slick move started Jamie Newbery and involving Ed Doble and Connor Murphy, the latter crossing for DeWinton to score.
Joe Miller and Harvey Sargent worked hard in defence as did stand-in full back Ben Miller and usual winger David Corominas, deployed as a central defender owing to the missing players.
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The South Devon side levelled with a fine strike. Marldon threaten to get a second but a mixture of competent defending and a number of smart saves by keeper Jake Sellick denied them through to the break.
In the second half Todd Beanlands came close to restoring the Sidmouth lead, but as the half progressed Marldon threatened as the home side tired.
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Sellick made a superb save reminiscent of the great Gordon Banks stop and last-ditch tackles from Newberry and King denied the visitors until the valiant defence was finally breached to give the visitors the narrowest of wins.
Marldon were the stronger side in the second period and scored a brace of quality goals, but Sidmouth can be mighty proud of their collective efforts.