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.