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.”

 

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Lyme Regis 4 – Sidmouth Town Res 0

Macron D&E League Div 1 Wednesday 25th April 2018

What a difference a week makes in Sidmouth Town FC.
Just six days after defeating the only unbeaten Division One side in the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Final, Town were given no chance before they arrived at an ill prepared pitch at Davy Fort.
With the First Team taking five of that squad and another four unavailable and with no back up from the 3rd Team a scratch side was put on the pitch that was unacceptable for all concerned. 
For the second time in four days Town lacked enough quality to compete at this level through no fault of the players that were prepared to give it a go or 2nd Team Management
Perry Street away is Saturdays fixture in a maiden trip to Chard.

Chagford 4 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 21st April 2018

 A severely depleted Vikings squad travelled to Chagford on a glorious sunny afternoon. Conceding two penalties in the first half an hour wasn’t on Towns agenda but sandwiched between the two spot kicks was Joe Gosse’s well taken effort. Damien Armes in goal for the reserves was comfortable as the Moormen were slightly better than the visiting side.

The second half saw Chagford strike twice and then Town dominated chance wise but couldn’t find a way through. Charlie Nicholl slotted in well at left back and youngster Will Ashby made his debut on the right flank as player unavailability cost the Vikings any serious chance of taking anything from the game.

Wednesday night the Vikings are away to Lyme Regis in a league match before Saturdays away game to Perry Street.

Sidmouth Town Res – 5 Cullompton Rangers Res 0

Macron D&E League Div 1 Monday 16th April 2018

Town eased to a comfortable win on an energy sapping pitch at their Manstone Headquarters. Going ahead after twenty minutes through Tom Moore Sidmouth could have been out of sight by the half hour mark. Ben Miller, Jake Boyland and Moore all had good chances to score before Riki Pitter showed a cool head to fire home in a crowded box. Shortly before half time Aidy Parr, making his return from suspension, slotted home from the spot to make it a 3-0 scoreline at the break. 

A quiet start to the second half saw neither side really flourish as the conditions started to have an effect. Parr rifled home his second and the Vikings fourth, before Moore’s scuffed effort faintly touched Parr who then tried to claim his hat trick !!

Thursday is the date for the Devon Senior Cup Final at Newton Abbot, Town play Colyton. 

Colyton 2 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 14th April 2018

Town were beaten by Colyton on the 3G surface at Axminster LED Centre on the driest Saturday for weeks. The home side, having played on the surface a few times, looked the more comfortable as the game got started. Robbie Powell was called into action in the opening exchanges as Town started to adapt to the different surface. Ferenc Bodor was causing problems running at the home defence but couldn’t quite finish anything off. Powell saved well with his legs when Colyton got through and within minutes Scott Hughes had a chance two yards out but his effort hit the keeper and went wide.

The second half saw Colyton take the lead when challenges were not made in midfield and Powell was given no chance. The Vikings weren’t fazed and kept at it as they suddenly decided to play on the flat surface. It wasn’t long before talisman Bodor struck a thirty-yard effort over the Colyton keeper to draw level. Town were now pushing for the win but efforts from Bodor and Jake Boyland didn’t make the keeper work. Fifteen minutes from time Colyton grabbed the winner with a scorching shot that Powell couldn’t stop. 

The Vikings applied pressure but Colyton remain unbeaten this season 

 

At times physically and mentally Colyton were stronger than the youthful Viking side. Playing on a footballing surface should of suited the “touch” players that the Vikings possess. Unfortunately if you are missing bottle, desire and determination to actually win the ball in the first instance then you won’t get the chance to play football 

Monday sees Sidmouth host Cullompton under the floodlights at Manstone 7-30 ko

Wellington Town Res 0 – Sidmouth Town Res 3

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th April 2018

The Vikings got back to winning ways in Somerset on Saturday 

Going up the slope in the first half it was the visiting side that set the tone. With Scott Hughes hold up play being integral to most of the good football that the Vikings produced, this allowed Jake Boyland and Ferenc Bodor to get in support of their strike  partner. Time and again Bodor was put through out wide with a 50% success rate on his final ball. Hughes was then upended in the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. Midway through the half Hughes showed great strength and pace to beat his marker and slot home the opening goal. Both Boyland and Bodor had chances to add to the tally but couldn’t quite make it pay. At the other end the young back four of Louis Spalding, Ben Miller, Matt Colson and Matt Salter were coping well with anything that Wellington could muster. Robert Glukowski was relieved to see a well struck shot hit the bar shortly before the break. Will Jenkins somehow managed to put the ball over the bar from two yards out as the interval loomed.

The second period saw the home side have more possession in their own half as Town sat deeper going downhill. The counter attack was Towns plan and again this was put to good use. Fresh legs were needed so Tom Moore and Ben Goodier were given half an hour. Moore showed some nice touches out wide and went close to adding a second for Town. It wasn’t long before Moore showed great determination to first win a tackle and second be alert enough to come on to the breaking ball and strike it into the net via the far post. Within minutes Goodier made a fantastic run and Damien Armes slotted a slide rule pass for Goodier to prod home the third and final goal of a satisfactory afternoon performance 

 

In games where you are dominant you can be caught out not taking chances. We created quite a few but looked solid at the back 

Ben Miller showed what a versatile, quality player he is playing at Centre Half and strolled through the game. Anticipating most situations and being dominant throughout gave a platform for others to perform. The last half an hour saw the Vikings field seven under eighteens this average was soon sent spiralling as Anthony Griffiths was brought on, once he found his shirt, to ease the youngsters through the last quarter 

Next week the Res play Colyton away possibly at a venue to be decided 

Also at the time of writing this report a midweek game v Lyme Regis in the Grandisson Cup is trying to be arranged 

Sidmouth Town Res 1 – Chagford 2

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 24th February 2018

Town paid the price for failing to apply themselves against a well drilled visiting side

From the kick off you sensed an urgency from Chagford and the early pressure saw a number of corners conceded as they unsettled the home defence. Eight minutes in and a defensive mix up saw the away side open the scoring. Was this the kick up the backside that was needed to get Town at it?. Apparently not as wayward passes, bad first touches and a basic lack of understanding their personal roles was all too evident. Chagford added a second from another corner as the ball was floated in evading every Town player but not the central defender that nodded in at the far post. Fifteen minutes in and the Vikings looked shaky. The passing game that the young players produce week in week out suddenly disappeared as the visitors looked solid defensively. 

Five minutes from the end of the opening half Ben Miller weaved his way past three defenders and clipped the ball in for the onrushing Louis Spalding whose header drifted just wide of the upright. Confidence soared and shortly after Ferenc Bodor finished with aplomb when given a one on one with the Chagford keeper. Still in the game the Vikings were told to up the ante and to be fair they did improve in the second half but couldn’t take any of the numerous chances that came their way as Chagford held out to grab all three points in a well-deserved win.

The players need to look at their own performance and be honest with themselves. Every game is a test and if you give sides a lead then it’s always going to be difficult to get back into the game. 

All in all a disappointing performance from the Vikings on a fantastically prepared pitch yet again 

Next up is Chard Town Res home 3 pm ko Saturday 3rd March