This Weekends Fixtures

Saturday

On Saturday the 1st team are at home to Teignmouth, this will be the last home game for the peninsula side for five weeks. The reserves are away to Exeter Civil Service at their Foxhayes ground, the mini bus will leave the club for Exeter at 13:30. As usual both games kick off at 15:00 .

Sunday

Sidmouth Town Sunday are away to Henrys Cronies in round 3 of the Exeter Knock Out Cup, kick off is at 10:15 and they will be playing at King George V Playing Fields Pitch 6.

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Sidmouth Town 2 Dawlish United 4

Devon & Exeter League Division 2 Saturday 23rd February

Sidmouth hosted 2nd place Dawlish and ended up losing somewhat unfortunately 4-2 despite missing a couple of influential players they still managed to put out a competitive side although you wouldn’t have guessed so they started very poorly and at times played like total strangers. Too many silly mistakes and unforced errors cost them dearly and the visitors made them pay by moving into a two goal lead.The home team suddenly kicked into life and started to put pressure on with some quality balls going into the opposition penalty box and two very well taken Richard Johnson goals were just reward for their battling response at half time they clearly had Dawlish rattled.The second half saw Sidmouth well on top for the first 35 minutes but they just couldn’t finish their hard work off and in the final 10 minutes Dawlish came back strongly and forced in two more goals to record the win.

Manager Nick Ogden writes:We actually lost the game in the first 30 minutes and gave ourselves a mountain to climb, they were quite strong in the middle and we said before the game about going more direct and bypassing them but we never did that until we were two down.The lads showed great character to get back level and in the second half we had them at our mercy for 30 minutes but couldn’t punish them and it came back and bit us on the bum, on the plus side I saw plenty to encourage me and with players returning I’m confident we will start picking up points very soon, our front two worked well and the patched up defence looked good in parts. Charlie Nicolle and Huw Johnson were outstanding.

Nick

Newton Abbot Spurs 3 Sidmouth Town 3

SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 23rd February 2013

Mark Burdus’ right footed wonder strike from 40 yards,five minutes from time,earned Town a share of the spoils at The Recreation Ground in the centre of Newton Abbot. With their hosts occupying second place in the league it was going to take a massive effort from the men in green. The free-scoring Spurs side gained the initiative early on and Town keeper Jack Burgess was never going to get too cold as his defence tried to stem the steady flow of attacks. The Vikings were struggling to play any football on a bumpy pitch and possession was wasted time and again. However on 25 minutes Matt Rasmussen managed to deceive his marker inside the penalty area and from a tight angle rifled in a left footed shot into the far corner past the startled Ross Belotti. Unfortunately the lead lasted two minutes as Spurs were awarded a penalty and top scorer Adam Dyson drilled in the equaliser. The hosts were now playing well and Burgess did brilliantly to deny Dyson adding to his tally. Spurs gained the lead on 35 minutes when slack marking from a corner resulted in a deflected effort  ending in the Vikings net. Half time was approaching as skipper Mike Stamp received the ball 30 yards out and he made no mistake as he curled in with his favoured right foot into the far corner. Half time had arrived and the mood in each dressing room would have been one of disbelief. For all their pressure two goals was scant reward for some good football from the home side, with Town only having two chances and dispatching both, clinically. Funny old game some might say!

The second half was a more even affair and chances at both ends went begging before the prolific Dyson was again on hand to smash his second goal with 20 minutes left. The Vikings made some adjustments and kept trying to chase the equaliser as Spurs players were guilty of time wasting and were clearly hanging on to their slender lead. From a free kick swung into the Spurs penalty area Mark Badcock looked to have won a penalty as he was clearly fouled, only for the official to wave play on. Luck had again played its part, unfortunately bad luck has often featured for this set of players this season, and so it seemed that the Vikings efforts were in vain until Burdus’ equaliser saved the day
Manager writes.
I can’t praise the players enough after another gritty performance. We didn’t play as well as we can but the side never gave in. In the first half Spurs could of been out of sight as they coped with the surface a lot better than us, but goals win points and we were lethal in that department!
This Peninsula league is a strange one this season, with most sides capable of beating each other on any given day, Exmouth Town apart, obviously.
A special mention for Paul Newbury our referees assistant (linesman to everyone else) who needed treatment on his achilles late on in the game but managed to see it through, as did the 15 players who represented the Vikings today, and showed all that is good about Sidmouth Town Football Club.
Next up is a home tie versus Teignmouth 3pm k.o.
Finally, can I take this opportunity, on behalf of the club, to say thank you and farewell to Lee Glanville who after 25 years of sports reporting with the Sidmouth Herald has decided to move on to ‘pastures new’. We wish you and Lawrence well and will look out for your point to point results, good luck.
Paddy

Saturdays Results

Sidmouth Reserves go down 4-2 to at home to Dawlish United. After going 2-0 during the first half, two goals from Richard Johnson just prior to half-time brought Town level, until two goals in the last five minutes gave Dawlish all three points.
The first team gain their 4th point of the season with a good 3-3 draw against second in the table Newton Abbot Spurs. Matt Rasmussen, Mike Stamp and Mark Burdus on target for the Vikings.

This Weekends Football

Saturday

Sidmouth reserves are at home to Dawlish United, and the first team are at Newton Abbot Spurs both games Ko at 3pm, the mini-bus will leave for the away game at 1pm.

Sunday

The Sunday side are at home to Tivvy Park Rangers on the 24th with a 10:15 Ko, whilst the Vets are also at home in the afternoon against Alphington with a 2pm Ko. ( this game may be moved to another venue depending on the state of the pitch)

According to Ken

Looks like all home games will go ahead