Sidmouth Town Res 1 – Lapford 1

Macron D&E League Div1 Wednesday 9th April 2018

 Town picked up a point in their last home league game of the season. Struggling to field their normal side after four games in seven days the Vikings did well to get something out of the game. Starting brightly Town took the game to Lapford with Aidy Parr and Scott Hughes linking up well, at the other end Ben Clay, Nick Gingell, Reuben Rafaell and Matt Salter were comfortable with the returning Rob Glukowski between the sticks, Parr opened the scoring rifling in a low drive past the helpless visiting keeper. Shortly after a clash of heads involving the Vikings top scorer saw Parr withdrawn at the break. 

The second half saw the introduction of Tom Moore and he again linked up well with Hughes who was running on empty. Lapford had a lot of pressure but the defence held out until the dying seconds when a loose ball was steered home at the far post. 

The Res have one game left v Cullompton away on Saturday 19th May 3pm ko.

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Chard Res 3 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Monday 7th May 2018

 

On a roasting Bank Holiday Monday, the Vikings Reserve Team squad was stretched to its limits. On a day when the club struggled to field two out of the four teams competing this season, questions need to be asked. Starting up the steep slope the young Town side played some neat football up to the opposing area but didn’t trouble the home goalie. Midway through the half Chard took the lead when Matt Skelding, in goal due to unavailability and illness saved with his legs only for the ball to rebound onto Matt Colson’s shins and finish in the net. Undeterred the Vikings continued to play good approach play and an equaliser was the likely outcome.Matt Salter crossed to the far post where Ben Miller volleyed in using his side foot, Half time approached and it was vital that Town went in level unfortunately a mistake trying to clear their lines led to the ball breaking kindly for Chard and it was 2-1 at the interval. 

The second half saw Sidmouth press and have the lion’s share of the goalmouth action. A superb double save and an Aidy Parr shot which hit the inside of the post but apparently didn’t cross the line were just two of a hatful of chances created before another mistake was to gift the hosts their third and final goal of a bizarre match. 

These games are dreaded for managers, players and Clubs as the number of matches crammed in to the end of season make it farcical. 

Wednesday sees the Vikings fourth game in seven days hosting Lapford 7-30 ko.

Sidmouth Town Reserves 2 – Chard Town Res 2

Macron D&E League Div1 Saturday 5th May 2018

The Vikings took a point from Saturdays encounter at Manstone Lane.

Falling behind after 20 minutes worse was to follow as Chard dominated the game and doubled the lead after half an hour.  Town looked a shadow of the side that has played some lovely football this season. Chard looked solid and were certainly a better side than their league position suggested. The Vikings were getting frustrated as the final pass was poor too often. 

After an exchange of views at Half time Town upped their game but still needed a spark to lift their spirits, Scott Hughes was to be the catalyst for the upturn in fortunes as he rifled home a great through ball,  Town  were now  the dominant side, Joe Gosse then rifled in a shot cum cross that took a wicked deflection to level the tie. Town were then camped in the Chard half desperately trying to find a winner but came up just short. 

Sidmouth Town Res 0 – Perry Street & Yonder Hill 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Wednesday 2nd May 2018

On Wednesday night The Vikings lost to a side that they beat last time out on. But the result was overshadowed by a bad injury to Ben Farrington midway through the first half. 

The Vikings started brightly with Ben Burrows looking sharp on his return to the second team. With a couple of regulars not available Town still managed to put out a competitive squad. Perry Street were scrapping and disrupting the play but Jamie Harvey in goal for Town was rarely troubled in a quiet first half. 

The second period saw an even contest with Harvey slightly the busier keeper. The visiting side had the opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot but Harvey guessed right to parry the spot kick and then did superbly to block the rebound. However minutes later the only goal of the game from a counter attack that could of been dealt with at source.

All in all a disappointing night. Losing the popular Farrington the way we did wasn’t nice. He’s a club lad who has made himself available for all sides this season and his leadership, quality and banter will be sorely missed on the playing side for the rest of this season. 

We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be back stronger than ever next season. 

Chard home 3 pm Saturday 5 May is the next challenge. 

Perry Street & Yonder hill 2 – Sidmouth Town Reserves 3

 

Macron D&E League Div I Saturday 28th April 2018

The Vikings second string got back to winning ways with a hard-earned victory in their first trip to Perry Street. A neat outfit that tried to play football the correct way it was a good contest that could have gone either way right until the final whistle. Bolstered by the return of regular starters the Vikings took the lead when Ben Goodier whipped in a free kick and it seemed to evade everyone and nestled in the far corner of the hosts goal. Skipper Damien Armes then did an impression of Spurs Harry Kane by trying to claim the goal, insisting it brushed his hair!! Town pressed but couldn’t add to their tally as Perry Street kept the ball on the ground and tried to pick their way through a well marshalled Viking defence with Matt Colson and Ben Miller prominent. 

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The second half saw the hosts draw level within minutes of the restart. A ball played through out wide unlocked the visiting defence and the injured Adam Bartlett was helpless as he was left one on one with the hosts winger. Town had to up their game as Perry Street were now on top. From a break in their own box Mark Burdus flicked a header to Ferenc Bodor and he volleyed in from twenty yards out. To their credit the hosts came back at Town and it was clear the scoring hadn’t finished. From a free kick outside the penalty area Perry Street levelled the tie with fifteen minutes left. Could this young Vikings side pick themselves up as again Perry Street applied the pressure? Bartlett made a great save before Tom Moore rifled in the winning goal from outside the box.

A really impressive display again from these young lads. It made a massive difference to the side with the return of a few regulars. The last two games have been tough to take for the players as they are left wondering what has been happening regarding team selection. Perry Street were a decent side and we will have to play well on Wednesday night when we host the return fixture 7-30 ko.

Colyton 0 – Sidmouth Town 2

winnersQuality goals from Ferenc Bodor and Scott Hughes in each half saw Sidmouth Town Reserves to a 2-0 Firewatch Devon Senior Cup success over Colyton at Coach Road, Newton Abbot Thursday 19th April 2018  .

Referee, Timothy Platt, got the match started and for the first few minutes it was a case of both teams probing the opposition defence, trying to find a way through but both defences stayed tight and solid. The first real chance fell to Colyton, when striker Callum Summers broke through the heart of the Sidmouth backline, right in on goal, only for Sidmouth’s keeper, Robbie Powell, to quickly come off his line to smother the ball at Somers feet to keep the score 0-0. Sidmouth broke the deadlock in the twenty-second minute when Bodor hit a cracker, seeing the Colyton keeper off his line he hit a strike which flew straight as an arrow into the Colyton net. With half time approaching Colyton had a final first half chance only for George Richards to shoot straight at Powell who held onto it.

The second goal came with some 20 minutes remaining and, just like the opening goal, this was a special one too as a cross from the right was met with a looping header from 18-year-old Scott Hughes who guided the ball up and over the Colyton keeper and into the net. Colyton huffed, and puffed, in a desperate bid to get back into the game, but, in truth, it was all very comfortable in the final 15 minutes for a disciplined and organised Town back line that dealt extremely well with the best that Colyton – who had won both Macron League Division One games between the two teams this season – had to offer. After five minutes of added time the referee blew his whistle and the Town celebrations – a coach load of supporters had travelled to South Devon with them – began.

Starting Eleven: Robbie Powell, Ben Farrington, Matt Colson, Ben Miller, Matt Salter, Ben Goodier, Damien Armes, Louis Spalding, Aidy Parr, Scott Hughes, Ferenc Bodor. 

Substitutes: Robert Gluchowski, Jake Boyland, Anthony Griffiths, Joe Miller, Tom Moore. 

A great night for the club as the young players came of age in a big game. We set out in a way in which we were better balanced we had spotted weaknesses which the lads exploited. A club like Sidmouth needs to produce young talent and this will hopefully be a regular occurrence. The whole squad did the club proud. 

Management duo Gary Bargery & Paddy Thomas were overwhelmed with the performance from this hugely talented group.

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Bodor and Hughes Sidmouth’s scorers

 

 

 

 

Sidmouth Town 0 – Brixham Utd 1

 

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 14th April 2018

 

The Vikings slipped to their 14th defeat of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division season, but no fewer than 10 of those reversals have been by a margin of just one goal!  In what can only be described as ‘a classic case of smash-and-grab’, the South Devon side took all three points when they netted their one and only chance in the 90 minutes!In stark contrast, Town fashioned countless excellent scoring opportunities, but none were taken, leaving manager Stunell to lament: “I know I sound like ‘a broken record’, but we really are not getting a rub of the green. I accept the old adage of ‘you make your own luck’, but so many times this season the difference between winning – or not losing – and losing, has been not our lack of composure in front of goal, but more a case of poor decision-making approaching, and in, the final third of the opposition’s half!”  Stunell continued: “I really do feel for the lads; once again they gave me, and the club, everything they had, but it was one of those games when you felt we’d not have put the ball in the Brixham net if we’d been there till the following morning!”  Making the right choice when closing in on the opposition goal is fundamental to success – we are having players pass the ball instead of taking responsibility and look to score themselves – some of that is down to inexperience and some to bad luck, but an awful lot of it is simply down to the wrong choice being taken!”

 

The Town defeat, coupled with points being banked by both Alphington and Honiton Town in terms of the lower reaches of the Eastern Division, has left the Vikings looking over their shoulders in terms of avoiding a bottom two finish that could lead to relegation.  However, Stunell is absolutely not prepared to entertain any thoughts of a bottom two finish, something he alluded to saying: “I do think the current bottom two (Liverton and Galmpton) look the most likely to be the ones sat there when the final ball has been kicked. For our part we probably need three or four more points and I am very confident that we will get them.”