U13s turn tables in cup
Feniton 2, STJ Vikings U9 Raiders 3
An excellent display from the Raiders saw them battle back from two down at half time to run out 3-2 winners, by Alan Hallett.
A little unlucky to be losing at all, the boys rallied and, once Robbie Hallett had pulled a goal back just after half time, the Raiders took control. CJ Abbot flicked home the equaliser from a corner and Man of the Match Lewis Rowden, who had an excellent game, scored the winner with a low shot. The whole team worked hard and some lovely passing and moving paid off with this deserved win.
Ottery St Mary 0, STJ Vikings U9 Raiders 3
Toby Whitfield’s stunning goal capped a good performance from the Raiders. Defender Whitfield latched onto an Ottery clearance from a Raiders corner and sent his long distance shot flying over everyone into the roof of the net.
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Will Bond had already put the Raiders one up and Lewis Rowden finished off the scoring to complete a good performance.
Thomas Rowan, on his debut, earned his Man of the Match award with some good runs and hard work up front.
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?Twyford 2 Sidmouth TJV U13s 5
Wet and heavy conditions at Twyford stopped the flowing football that Sidmouth like to play and the pitch was a great leveller, writes Paul Newbery.
Sidmouth pressed and Tyler Wellman hit a tremendous shot from outside the area to put them one up. A long ball from Twyford was not properly cleared and was hit back into a unguarded net for the equaliser.
From a Joe Miller corner, Jamie Newbery scored from the edge of the area to put Sidmouth back in front. Soon it was three when Billy Rudolph put in Edd Doble to fire in a great finish.
After the break Sidmouth conceded when a speculative shot found the net. Twyford came at Sidmouth but good defending from Newbery and Jonny Surtees kept them out. Sidmouth started to carve out chances that were either missed or saved. Eventually Jack DeWinton found the net from a Ben Miller cross and late on Alister Forsyth sent Charlie Freeman through to finish with a great shot into the top corner. A good allround performance on a very difficult surface.
??Brixington Blues 0, Sid TJV U12 Warriors 3
Sidmouth Warriors U12s produced their best display of the season as they comfortably beat Brixington Blues in a crucial away league match which was enjoyed by everyone including the referee, writes Simon Jones.
A defeat would have left the Warriors cut adrift in the bottom three but a win meant they climbed into mid table.
Seven passes put together from kickoff set their confidence sky high and, from this, everything they’d practised in training for the last couple of months came off.
Tremlett went close twice, one a mazy run from inside his own half, before a cracking finish from the outstanding Silk put the Warriors one up. One became two when a fantastic passing move saw Silk send in a pinpoint cross from the right, Tremlett hit the post and Buckland scored from the rebound. Brixington tried in vain to fight back but a second half goal from Tremlett finished it off. The central defensive pairing of Hayman and Woodruff worked excellently together and stopped Brixington creating anything. On the few occasions they did get through Ollie Perez was magnificent in goal. De Gruchy and Jones, the two full backs stopped the wingers getting any crosses in and were setting up attacks themselves for the Warriors. The half ended with the Warriors in charge and creating more chances.
The second half saw Brixington come out strongly but the Warriors defence once again stood firm allowing them few chances which when called upon saw Perez make some great saves. Cooke was outstanding in his free role, strong in the tackle and combining brilliantly with Silk and Tremlett. Further chances came and went from Sinker, Silk , Tremlett and Cooke, before Tremlett got his deserved goal after another great cross from Silk. The Warriors kept their shape brilliantly all game and held firm for the last 15 minutes and if anything were unlucky not to score a fourth Silk going close on a number of occasions. An excellent performance enjoyed by everyone including the referee! And a clean sheet to boot.
?West Hill 9, Crediton Youth 0
A great performance against a determined mid-table side. A rock solid defence of Will Amos and Tom Simmons with Dominic Harrower (another two clean sheets today), behind them in goal, allowed the Wasps to attack at will.
Some superb passing and movement amongst Ollie Pugsley, Jonathan Pitcher, James Horler and Ben Marsh created good chances early on. It wasn’t until Pugsley spotted the keeper off-guard and fired in from long range that Wasps opened the scoring. After that there was chance after chance. Pitcher, 2, Pugsley, 2 more and Horler all scored. Goal of the season so far was scored just before half-time. Ben Marsh and Ollie Pugsley exchanged passes on the right before Marsh back-heeled the ball to Pugs again. He sent the ball across to the left to Pitcher who exchanged passes with Horler before firing in from a tight angle........a truly brilliant team-goal......finished by Pitcher.
Will Amos was sent up front and scored an extraordinary hat-trick in the space of three minutes.
?West Hill U10s 10, Crediton Saints 0
Wasps made a solid start with Euan Webber and Will Amos in control at the back. Tom Simmons and Joseph Green were winning all the possession in midfield and bursting forward to supply the forwards.
Ryan Given, on his league debut, helped himself to a hat-trick and Alex Douglas scored twice as both the forwards were too strong for the Saints’ defence. Simmons, playing in midfield for a change, scored twice before Jonathan Pitcher came on to help himself to two more goals. Green who had set up so many of the goals finally got himself a goal to make it 10-0.
?Sidmouth TJV U13s 4, Colyton 2
Life Members’ Cup
Sidmouth U13s progressed to the semi final of the Life Members Cup with a 4-2 victory over Colyton - a side who had previously beaten them 7-0 - on Sunday, writes Sean Murphy.
Sidmouth started the game slowly and found themselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes. Slowly Sidmouth gained a foothold in the game and, before long, they were asking questions of the Colyton defence.
After forcing a number of corners, debutant Jack DeWinton climbed highest to nod home a Joe Miller corner, and the last 10 minutes of the half saw Sidmouth pile on the pressure but go into half time a goal down.
The second half saw the midfield quartet of Miller, Jamie Newbery, Ben Miller and Alex Stone bossing the game and, with Roel Ruigrok assisting DeWinton in attack, Sidmouth looked liked scoring every time they attacked.
Eventually the pressure told when another Miller corner flew straight into the net. Sidmouth sniffed victory. Ben Miller broke free after a through ball and smashed the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to give Sidmouth the lead.
Any Colyton attacks were thwarted by the back four of Tom Orchard, Alister Forsyth, Jonny Surtees and Matt Jones which reduced the visitors to shooting from distance which was comfortably dealt with by stand in keeper Connor Murphy.
Stone settled any nerves by scoring Sidmouth’s fourth 12 minutes from time..Manager Murphy said: “It was also great to see Tom back for his first game since breaking his wrist."