Nicholls stars as Sidmouth Warriors U15s see off Crediton

Sidmouth Warriors Under-15s continue to lead the way at the top of the Exeter and District Youth League after a 4-0 win over Crediton United.

Warriors started brightly, making several excellent forward runs and they took the lead in the tenth minute when free-kick specialist Ben Elsom rifled a set-piece into the top corner of the Crediton net.

The lead was doubled soon after when a stinging shot from Hammi Chowdhury was only parried into the path of a supporting Adam Clinch who thumped it home.

As the first half continued, so did the Warriors’ dominance and chances were fashioned on a regular basis.

But there was only one more score before the break, with Thomas Nichols calmly slotting a penalty to send the side in with a deserved 3-0 lead.

It was Crediton who made the stronger start to the second-half.

However, the combined defensive efforts of goalkeeper Anthony Nita, team captain Callum French and a ‘stand-out’ centre-back performance from Callum Liddle, meant there were precious few opportunities for the Mid Devon men to get a goal back.

At the other end of the pitch, Dev Nair was unlucky not to score with a back-post header from a corner; the ball flashing fractionally wide of the target.

There was a fourth goal though and it was scored by Max Nevell who burst through the Crediton defence and, despite the best efforts of the glovesman, tucked the ball home to complete the scoring.

Man of the Match award winner, Thomas Nicholls, threw himself into every challenge and despite the contest being played out in ‘heavy’, wet conditions, the Sidmouth team were still full of running as the final whistle sounded.

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