SWPL Throgmorton Cup Saturday 28th September
The Vikings had a home tie in this seasons Throgmorton Cup against a Cully side from the Peninsula Premier League. With the earlier rain that had fallen giving the pitch a greasy feeling it was a great surface on which to play football. Town started on the front foot and certainly were not going to be intimidated judging by some of the early tackles. It was end to end with neither goalie really being called into action when on 25 minutes the opening goal came through Dan Norman who latched on to a through ball and neatly tucked it past the Cully custodian. Shortly after Aaron Doble had a right foot volley superbly saved, with arms above his head by the Cully centre half, but no penalty was given! The half finished with Town looking comfortable but you knew it was going to be a long second half if town were going to make it through to the next round.
Cullompton raised their game, as expected and substitutions were made by both sides as the relentless pace of the game took its toll. On 60 minutes Cully drew level with Scott Newbury fouling the onrushing striker to give a penalty away. Newbury guessed right and got good contact on the penalty but it was well placed and it was 1-1. Cully now had belief and Town looked tired. Shortly after Newbury made a great save when one on one as he deflected the effort for a corner. Town still probed away with a couple of decent openings being wasted through poor choice of final ball. On 75 minutes Cully nabbed the winner when Darren Thomas failed to control a pass 30 yards out and was made to pay as the Cully winger danced past three defenders to drill the ball home. Sidmouth kept the pressure on but couldn’t find the equaliser that would of forced extra time.
Paddy comments: We set up differently and you worry if the players are intelligent enough to understand (football wise),what we ask of them. But talking afterwards with most they found it comfortable and we will try it again. Cullompton are near the foot of their league and they had no confidence until they got in front. It was nice to see an old adversary in the shape of Mr Cullompton, Marcus Scott who at 70 years of age ran the line effortlessly. Mark Badcock was outstanding, Jake Boyland made his debut and was amazed by the pace of this level and Andy Isaac played his best game so far for us. We still need to keep possession better as in the tight games moving the opposition about the pitch should offer us opportunities to goal.
Next Saturday we entertain Dolton from the North Devon Premier League in the Devon Premier Cup 1st round kick off is 2pm.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday September 21st
Town travelled to South Devon to face a free scoring Galmpton side. With five regulars not available it was going to take a herculean effort from a youthful Viking squad. Early efforts from the hosts were well dealt with by Scott Newbury in the away goal. On 20 minutes a Galmpton corner was won by Dan Churchill but the second ball was not dealt with and Newberry was given no chance from eight yards. Heads seemed to drop and within 5 minutes the lead was doubled as a long ball evaded Darren Thomas and as Newbery came out he was lobbed and it was to stay that way into the interval.
Town began the second half trying to get back into the game and played some attractive football only for Galmpton to put the result beyond doubt by claiming a third midway through the half.
Paddy writes: We started playing when it was 2-0 which was disappointing to say the least. We played for two thirds of the game and that isn’t enough at this level. Tuesdays game away to Crediton 7.30 ko takes on extra significance as we need to get back to winning ways.
Exeter & District Sunday League Div 2
Compared to the last match Sidmouth got out of the blocks quickly and applied the pressure with 2 long range efforts from Matthew Rasmussen. After 15 minutes Rasmussen opened the scoring, but the lead didn’t last long after school boy errors from the whole team not playing to the whistle after a handball appeal was waved away the timepiece centre forward found himself one on one with Scott Newbery which he finished well.
The game didn’t stay level for long, with the next Sidmouth attack Tom Pilbro passed to Steve weaver who scored with a low well placed shot, shortly after that Richard Johnson scored a solo effort which was Brazilianesk, chipping over one defender then another before finishing, Rasmussen added his second before Kieran-Fayter Small scored the 5th all before half time.
The second half took a while to get going before Richard Johnson scored his second and Rasmussen completed his hatrick, Matt Colson who was playing right back got a nose bleed busting a gut to get on another Pilbro pass all there was missing was a half descent celebration from the right back. Timepiece scored the last of the game after some weak defending at the dead of the game, but all in all a well deserved 3 points
Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 3 Saturday September 14th
Sidmouth Town 2nds completed a 7- 2 win at Manstone Lane on Saturday. Riki Pitter opened the scoring with a shot from 25 yards and Jake Boyland got the second with a half volley from inside 6 yards, Adrian parr notched the third from the penalty spot after the referee ordered the kick to be retaken (fortunate because the first effort came of the post). In a 5 minute passage of play some sloppy defending from an apparently sleeping Vikings defence led to Chagford coming back to 3-2, Doug Still then helped to restore some order with a well taken free kick which he curled into the bottom corner of the net, Boyland then scored his second and Towns 5th when he headed home from a corner. Half-time 5-2
After some words at half time he second half performance was better with Pitter scoring the sixth goal (his second) , Boyland completed his hat trick when he latched on to a through ball from Pitter and calmly scored in the bottom right corner.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday September 14th
The Vikings travelled to third placed Teignmouth for their first Saturday away game. On a poorly prepared pitch it was the hosts who started the match the stronger and twice in quick succession Luke Ashford in the Town goal kept the Vikings on level terms. At the opposite end Andy Isaac was denied an opener as Darren Thomas and George Moore linked well on Towns left to supply a number of opportunities but couldn’t find a way through. A long range effort struck Ashford’s far upright as Teignmouth were clearly adapting to the conditions playing early long balls. With ten minutes of the first half remaining the home side made the breakthrough when, not for the first time, a long ball played through caught the defence square and the striker finished after rounding Ashford. In all fairness this was scant reward for a half dominated ,chance wise, by the Teigns.
The Vikings had to play better if they were going to get back in the contest. A hard fought rearguard performance was needed. Staying in the game is a term that is often used in the changing room and for all their possession Teignmouth could not find that second goal that would of given them all three points. Nick Gingell starting his first game of the season was slowly wearing down his opponent and with the tireless Moore on the opposite flank Town were creeping back into the game. Ben Cole and Matt Colson were given the chance to improve a poor Viking performance .Dan Norman had a great curling effort crash against the bar as Town realised that all was not lost. In the end it was Colsons pace that took him past his opponent and he delivered a low ball into the six yard box that Moore duly dispatched to give the Vikings their equaliser. Both sides had efforts blocked and the home side had a clear shot at Ashford’s goal from six yards out but failed to find the target. Norman was unfortunate to be flagged offside when put through in the dying seconds as Simon Hudson entered the fray to see the game out.
Paddy writes: Last year we had that game happen to us so often. Chance after chance goes begging, you don’t put the result beyond doubt, and that leaves the door open for a comeback.We were not good and need to keep possession as so often we panicked on the ball. That said we had fourteen players willing to go through the pain barrier to get something from a game we didn’t deserve. The determination, spirit and resolve was a positive that gives myself and Oggy great hope for the future.
Next week sees the Vikings away at Galmpton 3pm k.o.
East Devon Bill Slee Cup Saturday September 7th
The Vikings travelled, to second division Westexe for the first round of Bill Slee Cup, and came away with a good 2-0 win, Dec Lines in the town goal was largely a spectator with only one save to make in the 2nd half, it was Adrian Parr who scored both of Towns goals with the second coming in the 80th minute. The Westexe keeper who must be considered to be their man of the match made half a dozen excellent saves otherwise the scoreline would have been much greater.
The afternoon was rounded off with an unexpected trip to Anderton and Rowlands fair where an enjoyable 90 minutes was spent by the team as the hapless driver of the mini-bus had to wait for the RAC to come and mend a punctured rear tyre.
Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division 1 East Saturday September 7th
The Vikings claimed all three points in their derby on Saturday at Manstone Lane. After a heavy downpour before the start the pitch was quicker than it had been for the past few weeks and this enabled the Vikings to play some attractive football. With Tony Cox causing problems down the left flank the first half was one way traffic and the Tigers were strugglling to cope. Matt Rasmussen saw his close range effort blocked, Dan Tavender whipped an inviting cross in from the right only missing Andy Issac and Rasmussen by inches and the pressure was steadily building. Former Tiger Aaron Doble had a couple of long range efforts one saved and fumbled by the visitors keeper. On 35 minutes a reckless challenge by the Tigers right back on Cox gave the referee no option but to send him off reducing the visitors to ten men. Cox would play no further part in this match. Five minutes later the deadlock was broken after neat play involving Alex Raistrick and Andy Isaac saw Doble evade a last ditch tackle, draw the keeper and neatly dispatch the ball into the far corner Sweet for the Vikings playmaker as he became joint top scorer along with Dan Norman, unavailable today due to work comittments. This was scant reward for a half dominated by the hosts.
Within seconds of the restart Rasmussen had a glorious chance with only the keeper to beat but screwed his shot high and wide, unusual for such an impressive finisher.The Tigers were left resorting to pumping long balls in the air hoping to reap rewards from knock downs the second half was not pretty. Raistrick was imperious at the back alongside Andrew Lord, Greg Chaplin and Darren Thomas this wasn’t going to work out well for the visiting side. Chances were few and far between and 20 minutes from time Robbie Powell was forced to tip over his bar to bring his only save of the match. Keiran Fayter Small put the result beyond doubt with a rasping left foot drive from 20 yards five minutes from time.
Paddy writes; It was a great first half performance as we dominated possession. The sending off had an effect on both sides as Cox was creating problems on his flank. They had a game plan to try and intimidate us which didn’t work. With our reserves winning away as well its a great weekend for the club.