Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s good value for Panthers win
- Credit: Archant
Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s were 4-1 winners when they travelled to Exeter to take on Pink Panthers in an Exeter and District Youth League meeting.
The game began with snow falling and with it,m a chilly wind, but Warriors made light of the conditions, settling qucikly into their rythym.
As early as the third minute they fashioned their opening chance with Finn Upsher inches away from meeting a slick Thomas Fletcher cross.
That set the tone for many more such attacks and eventually the pressure told when a home player tucked the ball past his own goalkeeper following a corner to give Warriors the lead.
A goal to the good, Warriors began to play with confidence and it was no surprise when the lead was doubled and once again the source of the goal was a corner. This time the set-piece was met by Thomas Nicholls who fired home from close range.
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The home side hit back to make it 2-1, but the two goal was restored when, from yet another corner, Finn Upsher volleyed home the Warriors third goal of the game.
Panthers made a powerful start to the second half, but the Warriors defence, on this occasion; Will Pulman, Callum French and Man of the Match Tom Cload, in front of goalkeeper Anthony Nita, were more than a match for the home attacking intent.
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The scoring was rounded off late on when, following a goalmouth scramble, Michal Bielewski stabbed the ball home from close range.
With a 4-1 lead to protect, Warriors closed the game out well drawing plaudits from the opposition manager and spectators for their defensive quality and work-rate.