Pinhoe 4 Sidmouth Town 1

Devon & Exeter League Division 2 Friday 29th March

A seriously depleted Viking team made the journey to Pinhoe and were soundly beaten 4-1. The opening exchanges were very promising with Sidmouth camped in the hosts half and pressing in the right areas but on the Pinns early forays they were looking dangerous and after a speculative curling attempt hit the top corner it was downhill all the way. Pinhoe looked like they could and would score at will so it was no surprise they ripped the Sidmouth defence apart time and again, soon they were 3-0 up and had missed a hatful of chances. Sidmouth did produce the odd attack and got a goal from Matt Rasmussen to make it 3-1 at half time. The second half was quite even until the hosts scored the 4th and final goal. It was a real backs to the wall performance and only Pinhoe know how they hadn’t run up a cricket score.

Manager Nick Ogden was very disappointed and writes: We were down to the bare bones and are having to use people we wouldn’t normally use so in that respect I am just pleased to be able to put a side out but having witnessed two performances full of guts and spirit from our first team the least I expected was for us to compete unfortunately we had one of those days when too many players were found wanting. They know they are far better than this and must start taking responsibility for their efforts and look at themselves long and hard. I’m confident they will do that and react in the right way. One plus was the performance of Doug Still who is showing real maturity for a 16 year old at this level and he deserved yet another man of the match award”.

Axminster Town 2 Sidmouth Town 2

SWPL Division 1 East Friday 29th March 2013

Good Fridays derby game at Sector Lane saw the Vikings claim another point, their second in consecutive matches. In a controversial game it was the visitors who started brightly and Alex Raistrick twice went close as Sidmouth forced Axminster to defend a series of free kicks and corners but through good defending and wayward finishing the game stayed goalless, on 25 minutes Axminsters first attack saw them take the lead when a free kick on the halfway line was launched into the penalty area and was flicked into an unguarded net. So many times you see this happen but the game is about goals and the Vikings had squandered too many chances, the first half was brought to an end with Sidmouth camped in their hosts half still unable to get any reward.

The second period was very much the same story with the Vikings enjoying plenty of possession but still could not find a way through a resolute rearguard defence, with Raistrick trying a couple of speculative efforts from distance it seemed likely for the next goal to come was going to be from the away side. On 60 minutes came the first controversial point when Kieran Fayter-Small was sent off for a hard but fair challenge, with the home sides reaction certainly influencing the referees decision, and a couple of similar challenges going unpunished earlier in the game this was somewhat of a surprise, still Sidmouth took the game to Axminster and you would have thought it was the home side who were a man short as Town made their first substitution which saw Callum Sommers replace Matt Rasmussen. Again as happened in the first half Axminster hadn’t barely entered the away sides half, let alone their penalty area, so it was against the run of play that they doubled their lead when a long throw in was again headed into the far corner with little resistance. Towns miserable season looked to be going along its usual route, played well, defensive lapses, goals conceded and pats on the back, unlucky today! Another change was made when Craig Badcock, putting in another hardworking performance, was replaced by Simon Hudson. Hudson’s first contribution was to glance a Greg Chaplin corner across the six yard box where the unmarked Raistrick nodded into the net. Was this to be a consolation or the start of a fight back?  with fifteen minutes left on the clock Sidmouth were still on top when the referees assistant gave a very dubious offside against Hudson, who apparently then made a  comment to the official. In every match all these assistants get abuse, and you can never condone this, but to alert the referee with a view to getting him sent off is frankly underhand.

So down to nine men the Vikings still maintained their dominance, roared on by a large number of supporters they got the least their performance deserved when with two minutes remaining  Anthony Griffiths long free kick was knocked down by George Moore into the path of who else but Alex Raistrick who expertly steered his right foot shot into the far corner. With seconds to play Axminster gained their first corner of the game but Sidmouth were not to be denied and it was Axminster who were happier to hear the final whistle at the end.

Paddy thomas writes: When we dominate the match something we are not used to doing you expect to win. We played good creative passing football and needing to be more clinical was probably our only downfall. This set of players continue to amaze me with their will to fight for this club.On Kieran’s dismissal in a keenly fought game never dirty with only one yellow shown it was harsh. Simons you could say he should know better but you would end up with four a side if every assistant flagged each time they were abused.

Fixtures for the Easter Weekend

On Good Friday the Peninsula side make the short journey for a local derby at Axminster kick off is at 11am, in the afternoon the 2nd team are away to Pinhoe kick off is at 3pm

On the 31st Sidmouth Town Sunday are away to Cornerstone kick off as usual 10:15 am

Bank holiday Monday sees both teams away again with the Peninsula side at Totnes & Dartington for an 11:30am kick off. The 2nd team are at Bickleigh with a 3pm kick off.

Bank Holiday weekend Televised Football

  • Saturday
  • Sunderland v Manchester United 12:45 ko
  • Everton v Stoke City 5:30 ko
  • Sunday
  • Aston Villa v Liverpool 1:30 ko
  • The Oxford v Cambridge Boatrace  3:15
  • Bank Holiday Monday
  • Chelsea v Manchester United 12:30 ko
  • Leeds United v Derby County 5:05 ko

Come and join us at the Club on friday evenings for Happy Hour 5:30 till 7:30 all draught Beers Lagers & Ciders £2 a Pint

Stoke Gabriel 0 Sidmouth Town 0

SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 23rd March 2013

The Vikings travelled to South Devon on Saturday when few people thought the game would be played with the weather playing havoc once again. Probably even fewer people gave Town a chance of returning with anything but a heavy defeat against their high ranking opponents.

Town with the wind at their backs started well and chances were at a premium for both sides, with both defences dominant Stoke enjoyed plenty of possession but the Vikings formation stood solid and made it difficult for them to get any clear cut chances. At the other end Craig Badcock made the home keeper stop his fiercely struck shot after good work from Dave Green. Kieran Fayter-Small was winning his duel with his opposite number forcing him to defend and launched a series of lung bursting runs out wide with one cross evading Badcock which George Moore latched on to but was unable to find the target from an acute angle. The pitch was heavy and was cutting up however both sides still tried to play on the ground rather than adopt a long ball mentality. On the stroke of half time Sam Banks and Darren Thomas both blocked shots as Stoke pressed for the breakthrough.

The second half was a pretty even affair with neither keeper really troubled apart from a speculative effort from Stokes skipper that had Robbie Powell scrambling backwards and expertly tipping over his bar. At the opposite end Dave Green fashioned a chance and curled his shot to the far post only for the Stoke goalie to parry his effort to safety. An eventful goalless draw was brought to an end by the official with Town earning their second clean sheet of the season.

Paddy Thomas Writes: I said to the players beforehand that we were unbeaten at Stoke due to winning their last season, but honestly was worried that we were playing a side that thrashed us at home earlier this season. The players deserve a massive amount of credit because each one gave all they had for the cause and we deserved a share of the spoils. We have a great team spirit and they all responded after last week’s disappointment at Appledore.