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Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday November 23rd
The Vikings recorded their biggest win at Peninsula level against a Kirton side that had been unbeaten for weeks. Town looked a little slow out of the blocks as Crediton forced the play with Jack Burgess saving well when left exposed after a defensive mix up. The Vikings grabbed the opening goal on twenty minutes when Ben Cole volleyed home from the edge of the box showing great technique. Burgess was called upon again to beat away a long distance effort. Town doubled the lead when Jake Boyland picked up a loose ball thirty yards out and his swerving, dipping effort nestled in the top corner, giving the Kirton keeper no chance. Half time was looming when Tony Cox saw red for a moment of madness that gave the referee little choice but to send him from the pitch. A double blow was dealt with Mark Badcock having to leave the field with a serious eye injury. With ten men you need determination, desire and a willingness to work yourself into the ground if you are to survive. Fortunately this Vikings side showed all of these traits and more. With Andy Isaac, Boyland, Matt Colson and Nick Gingell all excellent in the second half. With many expecting a second half onslaught few would of expected it to be the hosts who forced the play. Nick Gingell showed great energy to meet a superb Isaacs through ball on the edge of the penalty area and the full back made it look easy with a superb right foot finish that also found the top corner. For all their dominance Town were still being asked questions by this Kirton outfit. Following a couple of corners Crediton scored with a volley into the bottom corner ,taking a slight deflection past Burgess. If a comeback was on the cards then nobody told Boyland who was virtually unplayable. On another of his mesmerising runs down the left Boyland had Issacs screaming in at the far post, it looked the obvious ball to play, so much so that the Kirton keeper anticipating the pass, left his near post unattended and Boyland cleverly took advantage, rolling the ball into the empty net. Town were outplaying the eleven men and didn’t want to sit back and defend with Colson and Gingell combining well down the right flank to create a fantastic cross by the latter that was rammed home by Boyland to complete his hat-trick and make it 5-1. There was still enough time for Andy Isaacs to head home powerfully after great work from the imperious Boyland giving Isaacs a thoroughly deserved goal that his energy and commitment merited. Within minutes the final whistle was greeted by a decent sized home crowd that had witnessed a very entertaining game and a few superb goals to boot.
Paddy comments: We have been making so many chances lately that deep down you hope that one day you take a few. Today was that day. Myself and Oggy are grateful to the players and the club for being patient. This league is unforgiving and any side can beat each other on their day. We had a fantastic work ethic that shone through and the spirit within the group is very pleasing. It’s very difficult to single out one player, on a day that the squad all contributed to a memorable victory, but I have to say Jake Boyland was on a different level to anyone else. He tore Crediton to pieces with, in my opinion, probably the finest performance any striker has produced in a Viking shirt for many years.
Next up for the Vikings are the University team at home Saturday 30th November
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday November 16th
The Vikings travelled to Dartington on Saturday to play a side lying fifth in the table. With a few absentees due to injury and suspension the Vikings had a couple of half fit players willing to help out and sit on the sidelines showing genuine support for the starting eleven. Town started well and the early signs were promising as Jake Boyland was denied by a great block from the home custodian. Shortly afterwards from a corner Boyland should of opened the scoring, somehow missing the target from a couple yards out. Totnes took confidence from Towns misfortune and Jack Burgess saved smartly as they threatened to carve open Towns defence. On twenty five minutes Totnes took the lead from a deep free kick that was headed in at the far post. At this point Totnes were on top but chance wise Town had created the clearer openings.
The second half got underway with the Vikings believing they could get back into the game. Within ten minutes of the restart they were level when Tony Cox played a ball into the box and the ball fell kindly to Ben Cole who made no mistake from six yards out. Town were in control now and had further chances when Alex Raistrick broke through only to be denied by the keeper firstly and a great defensive clearance off the line by a covering defender. The inconsistency shown by the official was never more evident than in the eightieth minute the whole ground stopped when a blatant handball was not given in the Totnes penalty area. Only two minutes later Nick Gingell was penalised for a less obvious handball, fortunately only giving away a free kick. The game ended with the scoreline suggesting a close game but the Vikings certainly deserved at least a point from their travels.
Paddy comments: We had influential players missing so we are pleased to take something from the game. We need to be clinical with the chances being created and give the defence a cushion to protect. We played some good football and defended really well myself and Oggy were proud of the fourteen players who showed such great desire and commitment to represent the football club.
Next up for the Vikings is a home fixture v Crediton United k.o 2.15
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Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday November 9th
The Vikings lost on the road to an improving bottom of the league side. Having dominated the first half Sidmouth only scored once and you felt that one would not be enough. With Jake Boyland running their defence ragged and width being provided by Matt Colson and Nick Gingell, Liverton were finding it hard to cope. After a couple of tight offside decisions going against the Vikings it was Simon Hudson who timed his run and lobbed the onrushing keeper to deservedly take the lead.
As has happened all too often this season a sloppy start after the interval saw the hosts equalise and it was going to be a battle now. To their credit Town lay seige on the Liverton goal but could not find a way past an inspired home goalie. Boyland had three good chances, Aaron Doble, Tony Cox and Dan Churchill all had chances to grab the winner. Five minutes from time the Vikings had a lucky escape when Livertons striker was sent tumbling in the box but no penalty was the referees verdict. However two minutes from time Liverton snatched all three points when Luke Ashford who had hardly a thing to do for most of the game was given no chance from the edge of the box.
Paddy comments.: Truly gutted we had enough chances to have won comfortably. We had enforced changes to make during the game due to injuries and we didn’t adapt very well.
Totnes & Dartington away is our next fixture ko 2.15
Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 3 Saturday November 2nd
Sidmouth Town Reserves left Hemyock on Saturday happy with a point but at the same time disappointed that they didn’t take all 3 points.
The game started with Town on top pressing Hemyock and having some good possession. However 20 minutes into the game saw a rash tackle from captain Damien Armes give Hemyock a penalty and a 1-0 lead. Town dug deep and after some hard work a good cross from Adrian Parr saw player boss Riki Pitter head home from 6 yards. 1-1 half time.
The second half started and saw Sidmouth come out and up their game by 10% but as the half wore on the effort began to fade and after yet more sloppy defending Hemyock took the lead once again This proved to be a wake up call for Town and within 5 minutes Blake Blackwood got on the end of a through ball and squared it to Adrian Parr who got the equalizer. Sidmouth continued to press and would of taken all 3 points had Pitter showed a little more composure in a 1v1 situation. The final score was 2-2
Riki Pitter Writes: We need to learn from our mistakes and move on to our next game. Points are crucial now and with 4 points from our last 2 games we need to continue this form and try to build some momentum. All the lads showed great spirit today to come back from behind not once but twice, but that spirit, hard work and commitment needs to be shown throughout the 90 minutes. This Saturday we are home to Ottery St Mary ko 2.15
Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup Saturday 2nd November
Sidmouth went into this DevonPremier Cup match with confidence after giving Exwick a real fright in last weeks league game. Having made a few changes Town kept the same formation and it seemed from the off that the hosts were very much up for this game, they put the visitors on the back foot and played with good pace and should have gone ahead when they hit the post twice from the same attack. Jake Boyland was causing Exwick all kinds of trouble and the team as a whole were working hard to stop Villa having much of the ball. Unfortunately though a ball down the right flank wasn’t defended against and the visitors took the lead from their first real attack. This never stopped Sidmouth though and they hit the post again after another attack. Exwick were now getting into their groove and began to look dangerous when they got forward and on 35 minutes they doubled their lead, and that’s how it stayed until halftime.
The Vikings came out in the second half knowing the next goal could bring them back into it but sadly it was the visitors who found the net and within another 15 minutes the game was effectively over when they netted a fourth. Sidmouth continued to knock on the door and their effort was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty, but to sum up their day the visiting keeper made a save from Alex Raistrick’s attempt and the game then descended into a bit of a farce as the referee began to hand out cards at will resulting in a red for a player from each team. A sad end to a game that wasn’t played in bad spirit. Tom Chaplin was awarded man of the match after a tireless display.
Oggy writes: We looked bright and moved the ball well in pretty much the same way as last week but ultimately not taking our chances cost us dearly. They are an efficient outfit who play a particular way, not our style but it works for them. In the two games we’ve played them we have proved that if you get at their back line they are fragile. Both Paddy and myself feel we aren’t far off hitting a bit of form and if we can just concentrate for 90 minutes and start making the right decisions with the ball we will be picking up victories. Next week we have a chance at Liverton who despite being bottom have improved of late but if we take the positives from our games and keep working hard im confident we can give them a hard time.