Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division 1 East Saturday August 31st
The Vikings lost to an organised Spurs side on Saturday at Manstone. Lying immediately above them in the table, with similar results & goal difference thus far a close encounter was expected. Spurs started strongly and a couple of corners were dealt with by Jack Burgess in between the sticks for the hosts. Town eventually fashioned a chance but Dan Norman couldn’t hit the target on a rare sortie forward. On 20 minutes yet again a crucial decision went against the hosts with a soft penalty awarded for alleged handball. 0-1 was how it stayed with Tavender, Couch, Isaac and Raistrick all going close before Spurs grabbed a second on the stroke of half time.
The Vikings arrived at the start of the second half a lot more focused and determined to rescue the game. For 15 minutes they were causing problems and chances saw Doble hit the crossbar, Norman hit the post and misdirected a header wide when well placed and Ben Ede called upon the visiting keeper to tip over a dipping effort. Then on a raid down Towns right a mazy run by the Spurs elusive left winger ended with a penalty correctly given and the game was effectively over as a contest. Spurs added a fourth shortly before the final whistle.
Paddy writes: We all need to look at ourselves, including myself, and ask where we went wrong. We are making chances which is pleasing, today four or five very good openings not taken, but we don’t look comfortable defensively.
We have Axminster home next Saturday 3pm k.o and will need to produce a decent performance to take anything from the game
Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division 1 East Wednesday August 28th
Town grabbed a first win of the season in this midweek encounter, on a vastly improved surface than their visit near the end of last season. The Vikings took the initiative as both teams took time to settle into any pattern of play with Dan Norman and Andy Isaac both going close it looked likely that Town would bag the opener, only for Alphington to prove the healthy crowd wrong when a long ball through the middle wasn’t dealt with properly and the hosts took full advantage. The Vikings came back and it was Norman who poached the equaliser that was deserved at this point, a mazy run by Aaron Doble saw his left foot strike go close, before on the stroke of half time Town added a second, It started after a great save from Vikings keeper Luke Ashford, the ball being cleared to Tony Cox who from 30 yards out volleyed into the far corner.
The second half was bizzare to say the least first Doble struck from 20 yards and with the Alphas in disarray Norman finished off a smart move to make it 4-1. On the hour mark a lifeline was thrown to the hosts when a harsh penalty was awarded, fortunately put wide by the Alphas striker, however this had an effect on both sides, Alphington grew stronger and Town struggled to cope as two quick goals made for a tense final passage of the game. With the light fading fast there were no further serious attempts from either side and it was Town who got maximum points on this occasion.
Paddy writes: Very pleased to have won, not quite sure it needed to be that close, but a win is a win. Sometimes we look good,not for long enough unfortunately, but we are still growing as a team and squad.
Another home game Saturday with Newton Abbot Spurs the visitors 3pm k.o
Tuesday Home friendly 2nd team v Lyme Regis 6:30pm ko
Wednesday Alphington v Sidmouth Town SWP League Div 1 East 6:30pm ko
Saturday Sidmouth Town v Newton Abbott Spurs SWP League Div 1 East 3pm ko
Saturday Tedburn St Mary v Sidmouth Town D&E League Division 3, 3pm ko
Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division 1 East Saturday August 24th
Town picked up a first point in their second game of the season on a blustery but sunny afternoon at Manstone Lane it was the visitors who started the brighter of the sides without ever threatening to break the deadlock, finally when the hosts got themselves organised it was Tony Cox who brought the United keeper into action with a well struck shot proving too hot to handle.
Further efforts from the tireless frontmen Dan Norman and Jimmy Lee Shaw saw the Vikings dominate chances but unusually not the game. Jack Burgess in the home goal was rarely troubled but was called upon to tip over a well struck free kick and then collect the resultant corner in an opening half that was largely uninspiring.
Sam Baker entered the fray at the break as the Vikings sought the opening goal that their build up play deserved, a couple of breaks from United was all they could muster whilst Town had Norman and Shaw constantly causing problems. An unfortunate injury to Bakers shoulder ended his game so Matt Rasmussen was brought on to see if he could find the target, within minutes he was played through and the United keeper did well to bravely smother his attempt, further chances went begging with Shaw and Alex Raistrick both missing the target when through on goal.
Sidmouth were left to rue a host of missed chances as the game ended without the scoreboard being altered.
Paddys Writes: We didnt play well to be honest but created enough chances to have won the game comfortably. A clean sheet is a positive but it is two points dropped in my opinion. We have a large squad with plenty of competition for places and some new faces Whe are untried at this leve, that will take time to adjust and settle in, we will continue to improve of that I am certain.
Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division 1 East Saturday August 17th
Town opened their 2013-14 season against a strong South Devon outfit,with a host of new faces in both squads familiarity would play a large part in this encounter, rain had been falling for a couple of hours before the start, making the pitch lively and it was a case of whoever handled the conditions better would most likely go on and win the game.
Right from the first whistle Stoke were pressurising the Town back four and within five minutes had taken the lead after a succession of corners, this allowed the visitors a platform to build on and they quickly added a second with the Vikings unable to cope against a decent footballing outfit, a third goal was added before half time as the defence was guilty of some sloppy defending.
A change of formation and personnel at half time saw a massively improved performance from the hosts in the second half, possession counts for a great deal at any level and as Stoke had dominated the opening half, Town had much more control of the proceedings as Aaron Doble in particular showed what he is capable of. Slowly Town grew in belief that the contest might not be over just yet and from a punt forward Andrew Lord dispatched a loose ball into the top corner.
With confidence flowing through the side it was the Vikings that were asking the questions. A number of good exchanges brought Doble into good positions and both times the keeper was called into action. With Robbie Powell not being under as much pressure in the second half it was unfortunate that in the dying seconds of the game Town conceded the final goal to the relief of the visitors.
Paddy Thomas Writes : The strength of the squad was evident with five on the bench all capable of grabbing their place if offered the chance. We took too long to realise we could compete and a number of mistakes didn’t help us initially. Stoke are a good side, we knew it would be tough but the second half certainly gave us a lot of hope for the campaign.
We need to learn fast that mistakes are punished at this level and 90 minutes concentration is needed each game if we are to be competitive.