Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 3 Saturday February 22nd
Sidmouth Town Reserves played a long awaited Devon and Exeter league fixture against Exmouth Amateurs, after 8 weeks with no football.
Sidmouth started brightly, passing the ball well and working hard as a team but failed to make it count in the final third. Good chances came and went and against the run of play exmouth scored with their only shot of the half from 30 yards. Half time score 0-1.
After some tough love at half time Sidmouth went out with the same approach but knew they needed to put the ball in the net. The breakthrough came on 55 mins when Damien Armes chipped the exmouth keeper from 20 yards. This sparked confidence in Sidmouth and after some good link up play Feri Bodor got his first goal in English football with a smart finish. Soon after Sidmouth got their third when a cross from Feri was converted by Riki Pitter. The game was then finished of when Adrian parr finished from 10 yards.
Sidmouth worked hard through out the game and deserved the result. 3 important points in a bid to be at the right end of the table. Utv
SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 22nd February
The Vikings, playing their second match in two months, were left to rue missed chances after dominating the opening 45 minutes.
With new signings Andrew Thompson and Mike Pidgeon starting, a new look Town side might of been forgiven for taking time to adjust to a different formation. From the opening minute Town forced Okey back with Jake Boyland prominent in attack. After 5 minutes Thompsons through ball was skilfully dispatched by Boyland to give Sidmouth the lead. Andy Isaac had a couple of clear opportunities to increase the lead but couldn’t find the target. Thompson, pulling the strings warmed the keepers hands with a well struck shot as Town laid siege on the home sides goal. Thompson rattled the crossbar with a brilliant free kick and Boyland twice could and should of added to his tally. Alex Raistrick, Dan Tavender and Pidgeon all had half chances but Town didn’t punish a shell shocked Okey side. Robbie Powell in the visitors goal had been a spectator for most of the half as Town were possibly guilty of impatience at not putting the game to bed. Three minutes before half time Okehampton levelled the score with a great strike from 25 yards giving Powell no chance. The second half saw the hosts certainly up their game as the Vikings looked flat. Within 15 minutes of the restart Town were 3-1 down as sloppy play and poor defending proved costly. Thompson hit the upright, Boyland struck the crossbar as Town desperately tried to get back in the game. The Okey keeper was outstanding, with two brilliant saves to deny Thompson and Boyland, as the game finished Town left very disappointed to take nothing from the contest.
Paddy comments: We will play worse and win. Dominating possession and playing some great football was pleasing. Unfortunately we didn’t take our chances, we need to be clinical. Good sides punish teams when they are on top. Myself and Oggy are looking at it positively and going forward it looks promising. Defending as a team, as one unit needs work, but the players attitude and desire couldn’t be faulted.
Saturday sees Town play host to Totnes & Dartington 3pm k.o at Manstone.