Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 3 Saturday October 26th
Sidmouth Town reserves made the long trip to Chagford needing a win to boost confidence and get their season back on track. The first half started quite slowly with the Vikings looking lethargic and off the pace. If not for some fine saves from 18 year old keeper Dec lines Sidmouth could of been 4 goals down by the 30 minute mark. Moves started to come together for Town and the players began to build more and more confidence as the half went on.
Half time 0-0.
At half time Town needed to keep things positive but the key thing was to insert more desire and hunger to win, the second half began with Sidmouth doing exactly that, Town started to win the first and second ball and best of all started to create chances. On 55 minutes a lovely set of passes saw the ball played through to overlapping fullback Nick Gingell who was brought down just inside the box. The resulting penalty was despatched calmly by Adrian Parr this spurred the Vikings on and there was a noticeable change in their mentality, everyone put in a real shift for the remainder of the game. Victory was sealed 10 minutes from the end when Adrian Parr found himself in the right place at the right time to tap in from a yard.
Riki Pitter Writes: Sidmouth left happy with the result but also knowing we can still up our game and that we need to show more commitment and desire in every game. Matt Colson got the Man of the Match award for a solid performance.
Next week the reserves travel to Hemyock.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday October 26th
The Vikings visited a table topping Exeter side that has suffered only one defeat in ten games played thus far. Town began the game strongly and chances at both ends were spurned before Villa were awarded a penalty. Luke Ashford made a fantastic stop, diving to his right to beat away the fiercely struck effort. Within minutes Town grabbed the opener as a quick break saw Tony Cox volley over the keepers head, Exwick were struggling to contain the Vikings. Midway through the half Andy Isaacs doubled the advantage volleying home from the edge of the area to give a deserved lead. Exwick were guilty of wasting a couple of opportunities to reduce the scoreline and Dan Norman was sythed down when put through on goal with Town having a three on one attack nullified by the whistle happy official who clearly didn’t feel the need to play the advantage rule.As the half was drawing to the close the hosts scored to make it 2-1 at the interval.
The Vikings seemed to start the second half very sluggishly and within ten minutes were 3-2 down as poor defending once again let the team down. Exwick clearly had grown a new found confidence and the Vikings would need to gather themselves if they were to remain in the contest. To their credit they steadied themselves and in the final twenty minutes made three good opportunities to level the game. Unfortunately they didn’t take any of the openings that came their way and pushing forward they were caught out as Exwick finally put the game beyond Towns reach with a breakaway goal in the dying seconds.
Paddy comments: We knew it was going to be tough as they are a good side. They are well organised and dangerous going forward but we caused them problems and take some positives from the game. For a fifteen minute period either side of halftime we were guilty of poor defending, as a team we switched off, and Exwick punished us, as good sides do. Standards have been set now and the players have a chance to right the wrongs next week as we entertain Exwick Villa again in the 2nd round of the Devon Premier Cup k.o 2pm.Come and support the Vikings in what should be another entertaining game.
Riki Pitter Writes: After a good pre-season it has been a rocky start for Sidmouth town reserves. 1 win from the first 5 league games isn’t where we wanted to be at this stage of the season. However we have a young side that are still learning and progressing as the weeks go by. The players are training hard every week and we are trying to instill in them the mentality that, the desire to win should always be greater than the fear of loosing.
Swift passing, energy and directness is what you can expect at Manstone Lane in the coming months. There is a bright future ahead of us. UTV
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday October 19th
The Vikings threw away the chance to collect all three points against a side sat one place below them in the table. Wasted opportunities to create openings for others in better positions nearly left them red faced. After a positive opening quarter in which Darren Thomas was leading by example, it was Okehampton who tested Luke Ashford with a long range free kick that he parried away and moved smartly to smother the rebound. Final passes were letting down the Vikings as frustration set in. Argyle grabbed the opening goal as a cross from the right was met by a free header six yards out. Shortly after Ashford saved brilliantly when defender Dan Churchill miscued a clearance and the keeper somehow kept it out. On 35 minutes Town drew level when a Jake Boyland through ball was tucked away by Andy Isaac.
The second half was much the same story with Town changing their system. They created openings but the wrong choice of final ball was punished by Okehampton on the hour mark. After failing to clear a corner a shot from the edge of the box was dispatched through a crowded penalty area giving Ashford no chance. An uphill battle for Town now as the visitors had more belief. Wave after wave of attacks on the away goal brought little reward as Town looked suspect at the opposite end from the counter attack. Ashford kept Town in the game with two more superb pieces of goalkeeping. Isaac, Dan Norman and Mike Stamp should all of scored before the final goal was scored. Dan Norman a constant menace for Okehampton’s defence twisted and turned on the by line, he pulled the ball back and Dan Tavender’s shot was deflected home by Tony Cox ,wrong footing the keeper, bringing parity to the scoreline. With the last kick of the game Town had earned a point that was definitely the least they deserved.
Paddy comments: We didn’t lose ,the players didn’t stop believing and gave their best. Basics are letting us down too often. Luke Ashford was fantastic, looks after himself in the right manner. He is a highly motivated young man who hates losing and is a class act, topped off by being a nice fella. Darren Thomas skippered the side from midfield and played his part. Dan and Andy have goals in them they need to work as a pair. Plenty of room for improvement all over is a certainty.
The Vikings travel away to table topping Exwick Villa next Saturday 26th October k.o 3pm
On the 2nd November Town host the same side at home in the Devon Premier Cup k.o 2pm
Exeter & District Sunday League Div 2 Sunday 13th October
The in form Vikings where away to Exeter snooker club who are lying 7th in the league with only 1 win this season it looked like normal service would resume. However that was not the case as Exeter snooker club came out swinging and wasn’t long before a ball over Town’s defence caught them out leaving a simple tap in as the end result, for the first time this season Town where behind and things didn’t improve when a similar over the top ball caughtTown out for the second time and an air shot from Scott Newbery ended with another tap in, The Vikings looked like a different team. 30 Minutes into the first half and with words of wisdom from the sideline the Vikings started getting back into the game, Mark Pavey got one back making it 2-1 at the end of the first half.
Coming in at half time the lads were told to do some soul searching and start digging deep and play football like they can. In the second half the Vikings were looking like a completely different side, playing great football all over the pitch, the Snooker Club where chasing shadows and wasn’t long before a pin point cross from the right found Kieron-Fayter Small who’s diving header found the top corner to make it level, from there the Vikings applied even more pressure and when Mathew Stevens was fouled 30 yards from goal it gave Tom Pilbro the chance to test the keeper from range, his curling free kick found the back of the net, it was a fantastic strike, which was followed by Matthew Rasmussen’s solo effort from 20 yards which finished of the scoring.
It was a great game to watch in which the lads showed some great determination and guts to get over this hurdle in what was a well deserved win.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday October 12th
Town suffered another home defeat on Saturday at the hands of their North Devon opponents. The Vikings began the game very well and were rarely troubled in the early stages. As is often the case in games Appledore’s first attack ended with a penalty being given against Mark Badcock. With Luke Ashford being sent the wrong way from the spot 0-1 was harsh on the hosts at this point. Town went back on the attack and within minutes were on level terms. Jake Boyland beat his full back and carried the ball into the area and when his shot was fumbled Alex Raistrick was on hand to ram the ball home. Unfortunately for the decent sized crowd the Vikings seemed to stop playing and Appledore were catching them on the break far too often. Another mistake was punished on the half hour as Appledore threatened to go on the rampage. Somehow the scoreline stayed at 1-2 as the half ended.
After some choice words were exchanged at the interval Town rallied and were far more effective as they tried to grab an equaliser. Boyland again provided a great chance for Andy Isaac who directed the ball goalwards only for the visiting keeper to pull off a stunning save. That was the moment the game changed. Shortly after Appledore added a third goal that deflated the Vikings. Even the visitors being reduced to ten men didn’t make a difference to the way the game was being played. Aaron Doble went close with a right footed curling effort as the Vikings pushed for any reward. In all honesty Appledore could and should of won by a healthier margin in a largely one sided match.
Paddy writes: Credit must be given to Appledore who were stronger than us. They play on the counter attack and we didn’t cope at all well in defence. The midfield were guilty of not tracking their runners at times and the strikers couldn’t hold the ball often enough to provide a platform for us to get in support and threaten the Appledore goal. All too often poor passing, control and little understanding of what’s expected from individuals is letting us down. As for the lack of communication that runs right through the side it disappoints me as it’s a basic requirement and should be a natural part of everyone’s game.
Okehampton Argyle are our next opponents at Manstone Saturday 19th October 3pm k.o
Swiftprint Sunday Supplemetary Cup Sunday 6th October
This fixture could of been a potential banana skin for the Sunday Vikings as Exmouth Phoenix are top of the 3rd Division, but the Vikings remain undefeated in all competitions and their good run of form continues.
Town dominated from the start with Steve Mathews bossing the midfield and it wasn’t long before in form striker Matt Rasmussen chalked another goal up, followed shortly by Richard Johnson showing his experience in front of goal and Mark Pavey finishing off the first half scoring, which flattered the visiting side as it could of easily been 5-6 with the chances created,
The start of the second half saw the flood gates opening as Matt Rasmussen went on a rampage scoring 3 in 15 mins with the goal of the day seeing Rasmussen pick-pocketing the centre half going around the keeper and flicking the ball in the net, no sooner were Exmouth kicking off and Town were on the attack with Mark Pavey scoring his second and completing his hat trick after Richard Johnson who after finding himself in a perfect scoring position unselfishly squared the ball to him,
The Ninth was a own goal, however Exmouth did find a way through after some sloppy defending towards the end of the game and it could of been 2 after a penalty was awarded which was capably dealt with by Scott Newbery diving to his left.