Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s end season on high thanks to a five minute hat-trick by Ben Elsom

Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s

Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s completed their season in some style with a 3-0 home win over Okehampton.

Warriors began brightly, moving the ball around the wide spaces of the St Johns pitch with an air of confidence.

Both teams had early chances and it was only thanks to a superb finger tip save from Sidmouth keeper Anthony Nita that the visitors did not score the game’s first goal.

The visitor’s carried a real threat on the break, but they were well marshalled by some superb collective defensive play from Tom Cload, Will Pulman and captain Callum French.

The first half was drawing to a close when, with five minutes to go to the break, neat approach play involving Thomas Fletcher and Charley Turley saw the ball played in to Ben Elsom and he drilled it home.

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Two minutes later Elsom found himself on the end of another great through-ball from Thomas Nicholls and deftly placed the ball wide of the keeper for the Warriors second.

What’s more, there was still time before the whistle blow for Elsom to latch onto another through-ball and, from just inside his own half he ran clear, showed the Okehampton defenders a clean set of heels and, when in range of goal, curled the ball around the glovesman to complete amazing five-minute hat-trick and send Warriors into the break with that three goal advantage.

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The second half saw Sidmouth make some changes, and, to Okehampton’s credit they came back hard at the Sidmouth team.

As the half wore on Sidmouth started to press for a fourth goal and some great forward play from Matthew Dunford was nearly rewarded with a goal, his chance going just wide.

Hat-trick star Ben Elsom was named the Warriors’ Man of the Match.

That’s the season all done and dusted now for Sidmouth Warriors with an end-of-season record that reads from their 16 matches, 13 won, one drawn and just two lost.

They’ll be back in a few months time for a new season of Exeter and District Youth league football as an Under-12 side.

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