Sidmouth Under-14s power their way to top of the table

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Sidmouth Under-14s were good value for their 6-3 success over West Exe Rangers.

The contest, played on a sticky surface. Saw Sidmouth make a slow start and fell behind early on, but they ended worthy winners to draw level with Whipton at the top of the table.

Just two minutes were on then clock when some sloppy defending was punished by the Exeter side to take a 1-0 lead.

Parity was restored when Matt Salter delivered a telling ball that was headed home by Jack Miller.

Young Salter, celebrating his birthday, then saw a 20-yard strike well saved by the West Exe gloves man before, at the other, more poor defending resulted in Sidmouth falling behind once more!

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However, this Sidmouth team have already shown this season that they have plenty of character in their ranks and once again that came to the fore as they battled back to deservedly level when Louis Adey’s inch-perfect cross was met by superbly by Louis Spalding and Sidmouth finished the half very much on top.

The second half started in a similar vein and Salter rifled a thunderous twenty-yard shot into the top left hand corner to level things up once more.

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Sidmouth took the lead for the first time when Jacob Rice got the final touch in a goal mouth scramble. The Vikings took charge and enjoyed near total dominance and yet were pegged back when the ball squirmed under the otherwise faultless James Emmett.

However, that served merely to be a ‘blip’ and, moving into a higher gear, Sidmouth soon had the game won with further goals from Spalding, Tom Moore and Ben Goodier. Louis Spalding was crowned Sidmouth Man of the Match.

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