Sidmouth Town 0 Exwick Villa 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 29th March

The Vikings lost this match against third placed Villa but gave a much improved performance in a keenly fought contest. The opening exchanges saw Town carve open the Villa defence with Mike Pidgeon twice going close. At the opposite end Jack Burgess looked on top form giving the defence confidence. A neat passing move saw Andrew Thompson with the goalkeeper to beat but the keeper blocked his effort with his legs. Town were on top but couldn’t find the breakthrough that their football deserved. Villa obviously had a few home truths told to them at half time as they came into the game after the interval. The winning goal came midway through the second half with Danny Burwood, the best player on the pitch, scoring a half volley from just inside the box. Scoring when you are on top wins matches and Town never gave up but couldn’t breach the visitors defence.

Paddy Comments: I am proud of the fifteen players who represented the club today.Villa are a very good side and we pushed them all the way, we just needed a bit of luck, a better final ball and a bit of quality in the final third. We must stick together and remain positive as performances such as this will bring us points.

Next Saturday 5th April the 1st team have no fixture. The 2nds are home to Chulmleigh 3pm ko.

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Axminster Town 3 Sidmouth Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 22nd March

The Vikings lost this basement battle in the opening 45 minutes. Against a committed but very limited Tiger outfit Town didn’t show enough desire and fell behind to a goal midway through the first half. With players unavailable it gave others a chance to show their worth. After a reshuffle at the break the Vikings had more purpose and immediately levelled the tie with Mike Pidgeon driving home from the edge of the box. Two minutes later Town went ahead with Andrew Thompson scoring from out wide deceiving the host keeper and going in off the post. Confidence was high and an opportunity to put the game out of reach was cynically brought to an end by the Tigers skipper bringing down Thompson when he was last man, somehow only receiving a yellow card! Yet again a blatant offside was ignored and from the advantage played Axminster levelled the game with 20 minutes left. Wes Tarr then was sent off for a second yellow and it was backs to the wall for the Vikings. With 5 minutes remaining a bad tackle on keeper Robbie Powell left him writhing in agony with play allowed to continue the host took full advantage and grabbed the winner.

Paddy writes : We didn’t show up at first. We can blame a lot of things but we need to look at ourselves first. I am just pleased that nobody got seriously injured, we had Damien Armes & Robbie Powell carried off after two awful tackles, neither even given a free kick. Those watching will have witnessed a most embarrassing performance by the man in black.
Next Saturday sees the Vikings play host to Exwick Villa 3pm KO.

Sidmouth Town 3 Liverton United 1 Match Abandoned

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 15th March

An injury to visiting keeper Lee Griffiths in the 56th minute brought this encounter to an abrupt end with the Vikings looking good to claim 3 points.

Coming from behind Andy Isaac, Mike Pidgeon & an Andrew Thompson penalty had put Town in a strong position before the game was abandoned due to the serious head injury sustained by  Griffiths.

The emergency services including the air ambulance stabilised the young keeper before taking him to Derriford Hospital where he was kept in overnight.

Sidmouth Town 1 Galmpton 5

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 8th March

Town suffered a heavy defeat against the league leaders but were guilty of poor defending throughout the game. With the Manstone pitch in superb condition, thanks to Ken Mortimore’s tireless effort playing football should of been easy. Unfortunately it was Galmpton that dominated the early exchanges and they took the lead when Jack Burgess failed to collect from a routine corner. Shortly after their defence was caught square and Town were now two goals down. Finally the Vikings played some football and pressured a suspect visitors defence with Andy Thompson going close with a header. Just as Town were getting a foothold in the game a pass cut out in a dangerous area gave Galmpton a 3-0 lead. Andy Isaacs pulled a goal back following up an Alex Raistrick effort to leave a two goal deficit at the interval. Knowing the next goal was crucial Towns cruel luck was highlighted when a shot going way wide was deflected by Nick Gingell past Burgess to effectively kill the game off. The visitors managed to extend the lead ten minutes from time with the referee overruling Towns assistant Kevin Trivett when he flagged for an obvious offside.

Paddy comments: Clearly we need to tighten up the defence. Mistakes are not helping us and confidence is low. We had seven players unavailable today, no excuses ,that’s a fact. The team put a lot of effort in but we lacked quality against a decent side. We have two massive games now against Liverton home 3pm Sat 15th March and then travel away to play Axminster the following week.

Sidmouth Town 2 Totnes & Dartington 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 1st March

The Vikings lost this game in the first 20 minutes. Breaking from their half with lots of pace Totnes were clinical and punished a hesitant Town defence. Shell shocked would sum up the feeling and desperate measures were required to stem the flow. Not conceding again was the priority as Town slowly began to get a foothold in the game and Andy Isaac managed to score with a far post header. Totnes now looked vulnerable and Isaacs and Jake Boyland both had good chances to level the contest before the interval, but neither were accepted.

The second half was played in one half as Town desperately tried to get themselves level. On the hour mark confusion in the Tots defence saw an own goal to put Town one goal away from grabbing a point. Pressure mounted but no goal was to be added as Totnes saw the game out.

Paddy writes: Twenty minutes of poor play by the whole side resulted in us losing today. We need to be more resilient as effort is not a problem. Basics again let us down, we have gone from being hard to break down to soft through the team. A few changes need to be made and as the squad is getting stronger we have a lot of choice. We will keep going and try and improve