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.