Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 10th February 2018
Sidmouth 4ths got back to winning ways on Saturday with a rollercoaster 6-5 win at home to Sanford in a game that was good for the neutral but definitely not good for the health of Sidmouth’s management team.
The young Sidmouth team bolstered with some experienced players from within the club started slowly and really made hard work of the first twenty minutes, but from then until the end of the first half they put Sandford to the sword and had a five nil lead with goals from Matthew Rasmussen on his return to the club jack miller, Ollie Turton (2) and Louis Adey getting in on the scoring.
At halftime the message was clear, no consolation goals stay on top and keep scoring and don’t give the opposition a chance.
In the first five minutes of the restart Sandford scored to make it five-one but with some good work from midfield Ollie Jarrett restored the five goal lead and scored what turned out to be the winner to boost the young Sidmouth team into action. Unfortunately for the home side it was Sanford who found there rhythm on a deteriorating surface which the Vikings struggled to cope with. After a mad last twenty minutes with the away side scoring four more the Sidmouth players were a relieved bunch to hear the final whistle with Sanford on the attack again and looking for a sixth.
All in all, a deserved win for the young Vikings and with the news of rivals Thorverton being beaten at home the home side still sit 2nd in the league and very much on target for a good finish.
Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Quarter Final Saturday 10th February 2018
The Vikings are through to the Semi Final of the Devon Senior Cup after beating their Plymouth based opponents.
With Ken Mortimore working wonders to get the game on it was always going to cut up after constant rain. Town started well but the final pass was too often wayward In fact it was the visitors who went close twice when clean through, Rob Glukowski saved well in the first instance and made himself big on the second chance bravely narrowing the angle. The Vikings took the lead with a screamer from Damien Armes. At this point it’s fair to say that the away side were committing bad tackles against the young Vikings side, who did well not to react. Half time gave the management some idea how difficult it was to stand at times let alone play decent football.
An improved performance from the Vikings saw the game remain tight as chances went begging on the visitor’s goal, Scott Hughes thought he had scored the second goal only to be harshly adjudged to have been offside. However undeterred the hosts kept the momentum and Aidy Parr thundered in the second from thirty yards. Bizarrely as the pitch got worse the Vikings started playing superb football and could have added a few more as their fitness was far greater than the visitors, Tom Moore headed home at the far post after great play from Matt Salter to seal the win.
A mention for the referee who had a good game and did well to remain composed when the guests tried intimidate him
Managers Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas were rightly proud of the players who showed spirit and determination with a gutsy display.
Next week they have no game but the week after a home game v Lapford awaits
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 3rd February
After a slight delay in the kick off due the referee unhappy with both goals being a little muddy Sidmouth were soon dominating the early exchanges and when Tom Moore opened the scoring on his first start for the seconds it looked as if it could be a long afternoon for the home side. Sidmouth were down to 10 men a few minutes later when the referee sent Ferenc Bodor to the sin bin, when Bodor returned to the action after his 10 min rest he quickly fired the 2nd into the far corner and with Damian Armes slotting home a 3rd.
Sidmouth continued their dominance into the second half and were playing some very attractive football and creating plenty of chances , Adrian Parr added 2 , Tom Moore and Ferenc Bodor a second each before Scott Hughes blasting home the 8th to complete the job.
Tougher tests lay ahead but a good solid performance and most importantly another 3 points on the total .
Macron D&E League Saturday 13th January 2018
The Vikings took all three points against a highflying physical Lapford outfit. Playing downhill in the opening period Town set the pace and were playing as a unit Toby Garrick marked his first start in the club second team with an impressive performance and Town took the lead when, in a slick counter-attack, Aidy Parr took an early shot that gave the Lapford keeper no chance. Ten minutes after firing his side ahead, Parr was at it again as he gathered a rebounded strike from Damien Armes and drilled it in to double the lead. Lapford were clearly stung to be two goals down to the young Vikings and their ‘strong arm’ approach went up a notch – or two!
Things got even better for the Vikings when the tireless Scott Hughes finished with aplomb went sent through one-on-one with the Lapford goalkeeper to see Town into the break with a 3-0 lead.
After the break Lapford adopted a new tactic – a long ball approach – which resulted in plenty of work for Town central defenders Anthony Griffiths and Matt Colson together with goalkeeper Rob Gluckowski. Clearly not used to losing the Lapford players let their club down after the final whistle.
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 26th December 2017
The Greenway Lane surface held up superbly, despite the previous day’s rain that had washed away much of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division programme.
The opening 20 minutes saw action at either end as both sides looked to play on the front foot. The opening goal came in the 20th minute and the architect of the goal was Budleigh midfielder George Pannell, who got around his man before pulling the ball back to a supporting Aaron Denny, who scored a goal of the season contender from 20 yards past the helpless Robbie Powell in the Sidmouth goal. Fifteen minutes later Callum Shipton worked his way into a position to cross from the right and his well-flighted delivery was met by a clinical finish from Jordan Harris to double the home lead. Deservedly, just before the break Sidmouth Town got a goal back with Shaun Densham tucking home at the far post after a great cross from Jordan Bastin.
Just five minutes into the second half, the home two-goal lead was restored when Denny received the ball some 25 yards from goal and advanced a few yards to create sufficient space to get his shot away and the ball arrowed its way into the net, much to the joy of most of the three figure crowd at Greenway Lane. Sidmouth gave as good as they got for long periods of the contest with Rob Knight & Densham missing good chances. On the 75th minute Budleigh rode their luck when substitute Riki Pitter saw his shot come back off the upright had that effort gone in it would have set the game up for a nervy finish for the Robins as it happened Budleigh retained the ball well to see out the remainder of the game.
Sidmouth From: Powell (C), Antat, Wellman, Clenahan, Newbery, Davies, Tricker, Gould, Bastin, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Pitter, Bodor & Swingler
Star man – Nathan Antat
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd December 2017
Sidmouth Town twice came from behind before deservedly banking a share of the spoils in an entertaining East Devon derby at Axminster Town that saw all four goals scored after the break. The large turnout of support for both teams had to wait until 10 minutes into the second half when Aaron Daniels fired the home side into the lead after beating Sidmouth’s Adam Kana’ah in a foot race, and then lashing the ball past Sidmouth’s Robbie Powel in goal. The game remained with just the single goals until 15 minutes from time when Rob Knight scored a superb goal. Knight powered his way past two defenders, then drew goal keeper Scott Wells-Burr off his line before expertly placing the ball past the keeper as he went to ground. 1-1 Just a minute later the Vikings were once again staring a pre-Christmas Saturday defeat in the face when Jamie Barfoot brushed aside the challenge of the Town central defenders Jamie Newbery & Matt Clenahan to make it 2-1.
The Vikings have endured a ‘two steps forward and one step backwards’ season so far, but the thing they have not lacked from day one of the campaign is character and they once again dug deep to secure a share of the spoils in the final minute when Matt Clenahan chested home a terrific Jordan Bastin cross 2-2.
Sidmouth From: Powell (C), Kana’ah, Clenahan, Newbery, Antat, Clay, Rowe, Davies, Wellman, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Pitter, Jarrett & Bastin
Star man – Matt Clenahan
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 9th December 2017
The surface was quite heavy at Manstone, which went both teams made a slow start. Neither team creating too much until on the 20th minute Devon U18 skipper Ollie Jarret was left unmarked at the far post, with just Rowan Symonds in goal to beat but Jarret placed his shot wide. Just before half time Tom Perryman whipped a cross into the Sidmouth box that found Joe Mulhall unmarked, Mulhall flicked the ball onto another unmarked player Joe Dixon, who applied the tap in. Sidmouth then applied some pressure looking to level the scores and nearly did so when a Connor Swingler looping header was tipped over the bar by Symonds in the Honiton goal.
Honiton started the 2nd half well and it was not long before Perryman supplied another good cross into the box that Mulhall flicked into the Sidmouth goal to make it 2-0 to the visitors. Shortly afterwards Sidmouth goal keeper Dan Stapleton rushed a clearance that found the feet of Blake Freemantle, who calmly lobbed the ball into an empty net from 30 yards to make it 3-0. The Vikings reacted and applied some heavy pressure which eventually resulted in a goal on the 65th minute from Shaun Densham. Moments later Riki Pitter headed straight at Symonds when well placed. To rub salt into the wound former Vikings favourite Andy Isaac came off the bench to add to Honiton’s goal tally and scored their fourth with some tapping in after a neat piece of play. However the goal of the day was saved until last when Devon Under 18 player Ashley Mitchell picked up the ball deep in the Sidmouth half and then produced an amazing run, beating four defenders, before firing low into the bottom corner.
Final Score 1-5
Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Jarrett, Newbery, Clenahan (c), Antat, Pitter, Wellman, Davies, Swingler, Knight & Evans. Used Subs: Anderson, Densham & Clay.
Star Man – Ashley Mitchell (Honiton Town)