Elmore FC v Sidmouth Town FC Res.
East Devon Senior Cup.
The East Devon Senior Cup takes its turn in the fixtures list to see us welcome a Sidmouth Town Res team who currently play in division 1 of the Devon and Exeter League.
On paper it should have been a slightly easier opponent, but as most teams playing lower opposition will know, its an opportunity for them to cause an upset and make a name for their club with a higher league scalp.
The game started without too much drive from an Elmore side that looked a little as though they were expecting to just turn up and roll over our opponents without too much trouble. This unfortunately wasn't in the script that Sidmouth had brought with them. From the start they were sharp and mobile in closing down wherever we had the ball on the pitch, and put pressure on us with quick counter attacking play to cause us problems. We were slow closing down, loose with our passing short and long balls, tempo was far too slow, and movement on and off the ball was poor as we made very little headway when it came to stringing any play together to trouble our visitors.
And on 23 minutes a free kick given away just outside our box gave Sidmouth a good opportunity. Unfortunately a hard low strike saw our wall jump and open a gap between for the ball to take a slight deflection and carry past Wannell in goal with no chance of saving, 1-0 to the visitors on 23 minutes.
With half time closing in, and the game carrying on in a similar pattern, we produced a bright spot in our play that saw some good sharp passing play to open up for Jesse Howe
to receive the ball in the box and turn home on 38 minutes, and a few sighs of relief.
This should have had an effect on us, but we carried on with a similar tempo, which was very frustrating to watch after the way we have been playing in previous games. That said we did create chances, but far too few and far between for our usual standard of play.
And with half time approaching, a welcome break to reasses where we were on the pitch in the first half. 1-1, back in the game and not a time to panic.
A few harsh and realistic words in the changing room at half time were handed out, aswell as reaffirming what was expected from the side on the pitch in the second half.
With a positive team talk still fresh in their heads, we took to the pitch for the second half. Our visitors were not going to ease up their work rate, so we knew we had to raise ours. The tempo was better, and movement seemed to have improved as we grew more confident as the half went on. Our opponents still pressed and caused some problems, but as the half went on we were taking more control.
On 66 minutes Lloyd Copp
picked the ball up centrally and drove forward without any opposition, and from about 25 yards unleashed a rocket to find the top of the net before the keeper had chance to react. 2-1 and now starting to take more control.
Chances came and went, and with introduction of subs, we seemed to find another gear, and it wasn't long before a ball from a wide free kick was dropping towards Lloyd Copp
at the far post, and under pressure from Copp the defender headed goalwards to beat his own keeper increasing our lead now to 3-1 on 83 minutes.
As the game moved into its final stages, a late 2nd for Lloyd Copp
on 89 minutes as he turned the ball home to seal a 4-1 victory, slightly covering over a slow first half, but certainly picked up our performance in the 2nd.
Well done to Sidmouth Res who certainly made a good game of it, and made it a very competitive affair, and should take confidence forward into their season ahead.
We now turn to next Saturday, and another Cup match. This time its the Devon Premier Cup, one of the big cups that we want to do well in and hopefully some silverware at the end of it.
We host Hatherleigh Town FC at Horsdon Park with a 2 o'clock kick off again, so please come and support your local club...#eagles