Hatherleigh FC Soccer match against Sidmouth Mar 11th 2006
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Sidmouth v Hatherleigh Town
March 11th 2006

Is it really 4 weeks since we reported on Town's last action? Never mind ... here's what happened Saturday at Sidmouth:

1 Sidmouth (1) v (0) Hatherleigh 1

To the independent onlooker this was a classic on an excellent playing surface. Hatherleigh went with a depleted squad but all played their part in this thoroughly entertaining match.

After 3 minutes Bedford could have put Town up - but not this time. Dymond had another effort as Hatherleigh played some good flowing football. End to end stuff, with Gary Toop showing why he is a good keeper, saving on 11, 20 and 22 minutes. His handling was first class.

On 33 minutes Sidmouth's no. 6 hit a lovely left foot cross which was met with power into Gary Toop's top right hand corner - a super goal. But Hatherleigh kept in the game and were unlucky not to go in level at half time.

HT Sidmouth 1 Hatherleigh 0

The second period was again a pulsating affair with Town playing some good football and everyone working tirelessly against tough opposition. On 70 minutes a handball wasn't given to Town - even Sidmouth's own supporters wondered why, but the referee was the only who could answer that!

Hatherleigh's Millington was penalised for something he said to the ref. This was the only booking of the game.

Justice came Town's way when James hit the ball high into the Sidmouth area only for the Sidmouth captain to score in to his own goal. The last 20 minutes saw a tiring Hatherleigh defence hold firm. It was a thoroughly workmanlike display from Hatherleigh to salvage a point.

Team : - Toop, Jones, Reynolds, Gillespie, Woollacott, Bedford, Dymond, Endacott, James, Millington, Leahy. Sub - Hayman

For those who didn't travel, it just illustrates that when they have a good playing surface Hatherleigh are a force to be reckoned with. On this showing let's hope we avoid relegation.

Another review from our intrepid reporter next week, when Hatherleigh entertain Collompton at home on the Okehampton Road pitch. More voices in support would help - why not come and support the lads? Pictures again too, hopefully.


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