Sidmouth Under-16s held by Exwick Villa

Sidmouth Town Under-16 player Jamie Newberry

Sidmouth Town Under-16 player Jamie Newberry - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Under-16s seven match winning start to the season came to an end with an enthralling, high quality top of the table draw.

However, it could, perhaps should have been another victory for twice they held a two goal lead.

Exwick were quick out of the blocks, bossing the early exchanges that the hosts did well to deter. It was somewhat against the run of play when Joe Miller’s speculative shot nestled in the back of the Exwick net!

The goal kicked Sidmouth into life and a period of dominance saw Jonny Dunn double the lead. The visitors were next to score, again it was against the run of play, when they scored from the penalty spot, but just before the break Freddie King out jumped the Exwick defence to head the hosts into a two goal interval lead.

During the break the Sidmouth coaching staff warned of complacency after the previous weeks slow start to the second half, but unfortunately control of the game was lost and two identical goals saw Exwick draw level. In the dying moments Sidmouth had the chance to take the three points but a heavy pass denied the energetic Tom Orchard the chance to take the glory.

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Jamie Newbery completed an outstanding week with his Man of the Match performance adding to his 16th birthday, first team debut and, most importantly, inclusion in the 16-man Devon squad to play Dorset this weekend. Congratulations also go to midfielders Freddie King and Jack deWinton who both made the nine-man county team reserve list.

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