Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 14th October 2017
Town picked up three points in a game that saw Dawlish Town’s keeper Man of the match, on a wide pitch it seemed obvious to play in wide areas and get in behind the home defence unfortunately the players spoke about it and did the opposite!! In fact Dawlish took the lead with a breakaway goal that shook the Vikings into action Ben Miller scoring twice before the interval. The second half saw wave after wave of Viking attacks with the home goalie outstanding, Will Jenkins and Aidy Parr scored to end the game.
Devon Senior Cup Saturday 7th October 2017
Arriving late in Barnstaple , due to players not being organised wasn’t the best preparation for this Devon Cup tie played on Boca Seniors pitch, however the journey didn’t affect the fast start made by the visitors an own goal after two minutes was followed by a good team move finished on the volly by Ben Miller to make it 2-0, unfortunately the team and management were guilty of complacency as an easy game was anticipated. Pilton had other ideas and swiftly got back on level terms to embarrass the Vikings. Slowly realising that this was no stroll in the park Town got back to basics and took the lead through Kyle Blair.
The second half saw a much more dominant display from the visitors and Ferenc Bodor added his name to the score sheet outpacing the Pilton defence and prodding in at the near post Scott Hughes tapped in after a great run and cross by Bodor and Will Jenkins headed a sixth. Sandwiched in between was another home strike.
Through to the next round is pleasing for all tougher tests to come I’m sure.
Dawlish away is up next for the Vikings.
Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup Round 2 Saturday 7th October 2017
In a game of two halves, The Navy Inn rode their luck in the 1st half as the Vikings should have been out of sight by halftime missing at least four great opportunities. On the 40th minute Rob Knight scored a terrific header from a Dan Evans cross that gave the Vikings a well-deserved halftime lead.
The visitors completely tore up the script in the 2nd half and within 25 minutes of the restart were 3-1 up having capitalised on some woeful Sidmouth defending. On the 70th minute Ashley Small gave the greens a lifeline tucking home another Dan Evans cross. Sidmouth were putting the visitors under some serious pressure and looked like they might salvage something, that was un done on the 75th minute when centre back James Clampin hacked his man down for a penalty that was expertly scored. 2-4. Sidmouth were not done yet and substitute Chris Ibbeson riffed home from 12 yards on the 87th minute. With no injury time the whistle blew on the 90thminute leaving Sidmouth to reflect on a missed opportunity to progress to the next round.
Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Clampin (C), Newbery, Antat, Wellman, Davies, Clay, Evans, Knight & Small. Used Subs: Duchenski, Ibbeson & Densham
Star man Tyler Wellman
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 30th September 2017
The Vikings travelled to North Devon with several key players missing (Rob Knight, Chris Duchenski, Connor Swingler and Dan Clay) and drafted in 2nd team players Russ Coombs, Will Jenkins, Ferenc Bodor & Ben Farrington to fill the void.
Both teams started reasonably well, with Bodor looking dangerous on the counter attack. Against the run of play Addledore scored when the Vikings failed to deal with a routine cross, goal timed at 11 minutes. Sidmouth dusted themselves down and on the 22nd minute got back on level terms when Jake Rowe weaved past two Appledore defenders and then expertly slotted home 1-1. Sidmouth went onto to create numerous good chances with Nathan Antat, Ashley Small and Bodor all being wasteful.
Half time 1-1
Sidmouth took the game to Appledore and on the 60th minute got their noses in front when Ashley Small deftly headed past the home goal keeper 1-2. By the 70th minute Sidmouth should have been out of sight but failed to take their chances and this enabled the oranges to stay in the game, on the 75th minute the home-side equalised through a terrific solo goal, the left winger picking up the ball duly skipped past three Sidmouth players and from a tight angle slotted past Josh Mclean. 2-2. On the 82nd minute Sidmouth scored a 3rd goal. Dan Evans scoring a fabulous goal from 20 yards out. In injury time Appledore were awarded a free kick 20 yards out when James Clampin was alleged to have fouled his man, judging by both players reaction it was the Sidmouth skipper that had actually been fouled. The resultant free kick was delivered into the box and after a scramble was smashed into the net, a real kick in the teeth for the Vikings that deserved so much more on the day, however the Vikings Management will take encouragement from the improved form that has seen them only lose one of their last four games.
Final Score 3-3
Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Coombs, Clampin (C), Newbery, Wellman, Rowe, Davies, Antat, Small, Bodor. Used Subs: Evans, Jenkins & Farrington.
Star man – Tyler Wellman
Macron D&E League Div 1 Tuesday 3rd October 2017
In a lively encounter at Manstone the Vikings made it two wins in a week against the students. Following on from the First team last Wednesday the Seconds gave an impressive performance on a slippery surface, Ben Farrington opened the scoring from the spot after a minute. Sidmouth played some clever football and limited the students to long range efforts that Jake Sellick dealt with comfortably, Aidy Parr pounced on a defensive error to lob the helpless keeper and double the lead.
Uni started the second half on fire and tore into the Vikings, It was only a matter of time that a goal would be conceded and ten minutes in it was 2-1. Giving the ball away in their own half was again to prove costly as the students punished any mistake and levelled 2-2, to their credit Town regrouped and slowly began to regain their grip on the game, Scott Hughes then flicked in the third shortly followed by Aidy Parr’s stunning volley from 40 yards out that lobbed the keeper again, there was still time for the students to score a screamer to end the scoring on an entertaining night.
The players gave all they had and deserved to get the three points, hopefully we can build on this and show the same determination in every game. Something special about evening games under lights and this had a bit of everything, nice to get off the mark in the league finally.
Next up is an away trip to North Devon in the Devon Senior Cup at Pilton 2 pm KO.
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 27th September 2017
Quite a night of “firsts” at Manstone Lane on Wednesday night with the Vikings switching on their brand new floodlights for the first time. The Vikings then proceeded to score the first goal under them with Jordan Bastin netting after 6 minutes to claim that little piece of history. The ball deflected to Bastin who was 25 yards out from goal after the visiting keeper had saved Rob Knight’s original effort. On the 18th minute the students hit back after terrific right wing play, the crossed ball found the Uni skipper unmarked who riffled past Robbie Powell in the Vikings goal. 1-1. In an end to end contest, it was Sidmouth who created the better chances with Knight & Tyler Wellman both going close.
The 1st ten minutes of the second period was all the visitors as they controlled possession but could not find a way past the organised Sidmouth backline. By the 70th minute Sidmouth were the dominant side with Danny Clay pulling all of the strings from a central midfield birth and it was no surprise when Rob Knight put the home side into the lead on the 75th minute, the powerful striker rolled his marker then slotted with aplomb passed the Uni keeper 2-1 . This looked to completely deflate the students and surprisingly they looked like they had run out of steam and this allowed Jordan Bastin to find time and space and the back of the net on the 85th minute.
Final score 3-1
Sidmouth From: Powell, Binion, Clampin (C), Ibbeson, Wellman, Duchenski, D.Clay, Bastin, Allen, Knight & Small. Used Subs: Antat, Johnson & Rowe. Unused: Mclean & Jenkins.
Star man – Jordan Bastin
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd September 17
Sidmouth arrived in North Devon in good spirits having won the previous week against a much fancied Crediton Utd outfit. Sidmouth weathered the early pressure well and by the 20th minute looked the better side, however on the 25th minute disaster struck, Marc Bettis hit a speculative win assisted effort from 40 yards that flew over the head of Viking keeper Josh Mclean who was standing on the edge of his 18 yard box! This deflated Sidmouth and unfortunately they collapsed with Bettis scoring another two goals in quick succession. On the 40th & 43rd minute Ollie Kenneally got in on the act, punishing the shambolic Sidmouth defence.
The Vikings were read the riot act at halftime by the home management and this had the desired effect as the greens dominated the half but could not find the end product to make a game off it. Tyler Wellman, Rob Knight, Jacob Rowe and Nathan Antat all having good chances. A special mention must go to teenager Ollie Binion who never stopped running and was vocally excellent for 90 minutes. The Vikings need to quickly put this game behind them and find the form that beat Crediton as they will need to be at their best to get anything from the University of Exeter on Wednesday under the new Sidmouth Town FC floodlights.
Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Johnson, Clampin (C), Clenahan, Duchenski, Wellman, Rowe, Allen, Knight & Swingler. Used Subs: D.Clay, Antat & B.Gosse.
Star Man – Ollie Binion