Sidmouth Warriors power to sixth straight success with victory at Dawlish

Sidmouth Warriors Under-13s before their latest match in the Exeter and District Youth League

Sidmouth Warriors Under-13s before their latest match in the Exeter and District Youth League - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Warriors Under-13s continued their splendid season with a 4-1 success at Dawlish.

Indeed, such is the campaign that the Warriors are having that the last time they lost a game of football Barack Obama was still the president of America!

Another superb all-round performance saw Warriors chalk up a sixth successive victory at the home of a side chasing promotion!

The Dawlish home pitch, known affectionately as ‘The Cage’, is one of the league’s largest and this played into the hands of Sidmouth who have pace throughout the team.

It wasn’t long before flying winger Benedict Teague began terrorising the Dawlish left-back.


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Teague was unlucky not to open the scoring when his angled shot cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar.

Warriors moved the ball about well on the wide pitch, but, for all their possession of the ball, they were unable to find a finish to a number of good opportunities and half-time arrived with the game still seeking its opening goal.

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During the interval the Warriors coaching staff championed their players on the need to ’keep doing what they are doing’ for, with the wind at their backs, the goals would surely come.

The second half started with Warriors camped in the Dawlish half and, after a succession of corners and one-on-ones, Teague finally put Sidmouth ahead with a neat near-post finish. Against the run of play Dawlish equalised with a good move of their own, but what really stood, out was the Sidmouth response!

Rather than heads drop after being pegged back so soon after taking the lead, they regained their composure and stepped into a higher gear!

Joe Ashby found space in the penalty area to volley the ball home and restore the lead before scoring sensation Connor Brown added a third after excellent approach play by Samuel Rice. The fourth and final goal was a brilliant piece of Warrior counter-attacking. Alex Bennett won his umpteenth tackle of the day, fed a simple ball to Ashby who looked up and found Brown whose neat flick released a surging Teague for a clear run at goal and another great finish. One penalty box to the other, on a huge pitch, and not one Dawlish player got anywhere near the ball! Magnificent.

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