Sidmouth Town 1 Alphington 1

SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 14th December

The Vikings conceded another late goal to give Alphington a share of the spoils at Manstone. With Ken Mortimore working tirelessly to prepare a superb playing surface the game was decent fare for the spectators. Alphington pressed early, no doubt buoyed by their recent 8 – 1 victory over third placed Galmpton. Robbie Powell in the home goal looked every inch the quality keeper the valley knows he is. Town took the lead on twenty two minutes when the lively Jake Boyland beat his full back and hit a swerving shot that deceived the Alphas keeper. Now Sidmouth tested the away sides resolve with Boyland bringing a fine save from the same position. Nick Gingell provided a superb free kick that Mike Stamp guided into the corner, only for the Alphas keeper to make a superb save, drawing a round of applause from most present. Boyland again threatened to increase the lead ,once again thwarted by his nemesis ,the Alpha keeper. Alphington resolved to bemoaning of the officials and clearly were not expecting the tough game being delivered by the resolute Vikings.

The second half was much the same for 35 minutes as Town looked comfortable, Powell was showing a master class in handling skills as everything he came for he collected, further annoying the visitors who were now diving at every opportunity trying to con the wily official. Mike Stamp drew a great save mid way through the half as Town tried to put the game to bed. With two minutes remaining a miss hit shot evaded the defence for Tom Bath to tap in from close range to bring the scores level. A sickening blow for the Vikings efforts. A minute later it could of been worse as Town were caught out as the ball fell to Bath four yards out he headed it down, only for Powell to somehow react and deflect the ball to safety, again bringing gasps of disbelief and applause from both sides. A good hard game finished all square as Town felt they should of seen the game out.

Paddy writes: The players gave everything, we must punish teams when on top. Given Alphington’s recent run then we would of accepted a point but after 90 minutes with the better of the opportunities we felt robbed. The players spirit and fitness levels are good, many spectators felt last year we would of lost that game and so from that we must take positives.

Next Saturday Exwick Villa are our opponents home 2.15 k.o

Come and support the Vikings. After the game we have the Bumper Xmas Meat Draw.

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Newton Abott Spurs 2 Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday December 07th

The Vikings went down to a last minute goal on Saturday ending a three match unbeaten run. After an unusually slow start for the visitors it was a youthful Spurs side that had the better of the early exchanges. Jack Burgess made a couple of decent saves as Town finally started to find a rythm. On the half hour mark Anthony Griffiths was adjudged to have pulled down the Spurs striker inside the penalty area. Burgess was sent the wrong way from the resultant penalty kick. On the stroke of half time Alex Raistrick was pole axed in the opposition penalty area, again a penalty was awarded, unfortunately for the Vikings, Andy Isaacs didn’t find good contact and the Spurs keeper saved with his legs.

After the interval Town upped the ante and were soon on level terms when Mike Stamp was sent tumbling in the penalty area. Jake Boyland made no mistake from the spot. The Vikings now were on top and Matt Colson drew a good save from the home keeper. Possession and territory don’t win games and Town were left feeling sick with the Spurs late winner.

Paddy writes: We played for 45 minutes, and we know that won’t win us games, so we are disappointed.The players are hurting and I hope that tasting a defeat such as Saturdays will ensure that they focus for the full 90 in future.

Next Saturday Town host Alphington 2.15 k.o

Sidmouth Town 1 University 0

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday November 30th

The Vikings moved above the students in the Peninsula League East table with back to back home victories. After last week’s superb performance this was going to be a tough game against a young energetic side. The Vikings started brightly with birthday boy Alex Raistrick bringing out the best of the Uni keeper on a couple of occasions. Nick Gingell almost opened the scoring with a rasping drive from twenty five yards out that would have torn the net off had it not risen off target in the last moments. Jack Burgess then made a game changing save, moving smartly to tip away a rare opportunity for the students. It was youngster Matt Colson who broke the deadlock with a volley into the far corner, showing great composure. This was a deserved lead for a Viking side that had four enforced changes from the previous week. With the referee showing a great understanding of the rules of the game for both sides it was frustration that saw a couple of bookings for the normally mellow Uni side. The second half saw a repeat of the first half with Town creating the best chances, hitting the bar & forcing the students back. On the rare occasion that Burgess was needed he showed great handling skills to nullify any serious efforts. A couple of great blocks by Gingell and Man of the Match Anthony Griffiths kept a much needed clean sheet as the game drew to its completion.

Paddy comments: This week’s game showed that we have a huge hunger, determination & pride for the club. We played some decent football against a well organised Uni side. When questions were asked of our defence they showed that they were more than capable of coping. Dan Tavender back after a spell out was tireless in midfield, Andy Isaac lead the line superbly & Wes Tarr reminded us why he is held in such high regard within the club. Matt Colson has improved his game greatly, showing that if you train regularly, listen & learn from the experienced players then you reap the rewards, we are so pleased for him, he’s a joy to manage.

Next up for the Vikings is a tough away fixture v Newton Abbot Spurs.