Bickleigh 2 Sidmouth Town 2nds 1

Devon & Exeter League Division 2 Monday April 1st

Sidmouth can feel a little hard done by after returning from high flying Bickleigh empty handed when a last minute goal saw them beaten 2-1. In a highly entertaining game both teams played some attractive football and were creating chances. Sadly it was the hosts who scored and went in 1 up at the interval.

Sidmouth came out solid in the second half and were working very hard against their hosts and stopping most of their attacks, at the other end they were finding gaps and as the game wore on they could sense an opening. Will Jenkins came off the bench and with 4 minutes remaining and after his first attempt was blocked slotted home confidently to level the scores. Unfortunately they couldnt hold on and when a fortuitous punt forward took a lucky bounce the forward rounded the keeper and slotted home leaving the visitors devastated.

Nick Ogden was full of praise for his troops and writes:  No disrespect to the lads we had to play but I was expecting a very tough afternoon, bearing in mind only 3 weeks ago Bickleigh stuffed us 6-0 at home, but to echo Paddy’s comments on the 1st team these guys have guts and spirit in abundance and what we may have lacked in quality we more than made up for in workrate. I cant speak highly enough of every single one of them they are a credit to this great club. Constantin Rusu shaded the man of the match but everyone played their part.

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Totnes & Dartington 1 Sidmouth Town 1

SWPL Division 1 East Monday 1st April 2013

The Vikings travelled away for the fifth consecutive match on Easter Monday on a bitterly cold day with the wind at their backs it was unsurprising that Town enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening period. However the game stayed goalless until 60 minutes when Town were awarded a penalty for handball which Matt Rasmussen calmly slotted home. Robbie Powell in goal for Town had rarely been called upon as his defence stood firm on 70 minutes Totnes pulled level and it was looking likely that Town may have to hang on for a point. But it was the visitors who could have won the contest when Alex Raistrick was put through but failed to make the keeper work. Tom Chaplin then went close from his brother Greg’s corner as Town defied the elements and played better against the wind, a last minute scare was averted when a deflected effort looked to be heading into the far corner only for Powell to stretch and tip the ball to safety. Town had stretched their unbeaten run to three games with as many points from their last three games.

Paddy Thomas writes: With the bare eleven players we set out to make us difficult to break down, to frustrate them and stay in the game. We ended up playing intelligent football and our unity and team spirit certainly was a factor in another point being won.

A special mention for the referee who had a great game, the best this season by a long way.

Well done lads you are a credit to this football Club.