SOHC men claim famous victory to end three-year unbeaten run by Teign


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Sidmouth and Ottery claimed a memorable success when they ended Teign’s three-year unbeaten run, beating the South Devon side 3-1 at Sidmouth School.

The game started at a frantic pace with both teams having chances before good approach play from George Powell ended with 15-year-old Charlie King firing the home side into a 20th minute lead.

Both teams received yellow cards for professional fouls before the half-time, but that King goal separated the sides at the break with the hosts, having enjoyed greater possession and territorial advantage, worthy of their lead.

Teign started the second half with real purpose creating a number of chances before a bizarre penalty corner was awarded from which the visitors delivered a well rehearsed training ground routine to level things up.

The game became heated and the visitors fell foul of the match official picking up two more yellow cards.

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With a temporary two-man advantage SOHC took advantage and began to spread the play. Only some excellent goalkeeping denied them.

With ten minutes remaining the visitors were restored to a full compliment and it seemed as if the home side had ‘missed their chance’.

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However, the match official then awarded SOHC a penalty corner which Jim Harris dispatched clinically.

Teign, looking to preserve their splendid record, came back strongly. Simon Barker made some fine saves and on the one occasion he was beaten Ben Dormand made a brilliant goal line clearance.

Boosted by the sterling defence SOHC broke and 15-year-old Billy Rudolf produced a mazy run that ended with him stroking the ball home to seal a famous win.

The home Man of the Match award winner was Duncan Gracie.

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