Sidmouth Town 1 Liverton 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 10th May

Town produced their worst performance of the season to scrape a point against second from bottom Liverton. The ill disciplined South Devon side could of been worthy winners had they not been more interested in abusing the referee. Things started well for the hosts when from Darren Thomas’ corner the ball fell to Ben Farringdon and his shot smashed against the bar, rebounded off the keeper and trickled over the line. From that point onwards Town stopped playing in a first half that saw the visitors play possession football with little penetration. All to often the ball was given away cheaply by Town as a collective acceptance spread through even the most consistent members of the team. Changes were made at the interval and slight improvements were seen as Jake Boyland was proving a real handfull for the visitors. In fact it was Boyland who missed the best chance when one on one twelve yards out. At the opposite end Town didn’t look comfortable in defence and you could sense a goal being conceded.
On the hour mark a long ball disected the Vikings defence and as Alex Bowring advanced out of his area Alex Raistricks attempted clearance ended up in his own goal. Town had further chances Tony Cox and Riki Pitter chose the wrong option when well placed. Ben Farrington’s quality deserted him on several occasions when in good positions. As it turned out it was the visitors who came closest hitting the post late on. The Vikings have underperformed this season and everyone concerned on the football side players, coaches and managers need to have a good think about the future.

Paddy comments: Frankly I feel let down. The pitch is superb, the players were asked to play football, pass and move, create space and play with intelligence.Today I must of been taking Liverton’s team talk! There have been too many occasions when we will not listen, don’t learn and can’t seem to get rid of the bad habits that have blighted our season. Off the field the club has many good people doing outstanding work to provide a platform so the players can go out and express themselves. The players have not been good enough and along with the management need to give deep thought as to how things can be improved.
Our final home game is on Tuesday 13th May in the Semi Final of the Axminster Hospital Cup v Axminster Town ko 6.30

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Sidmouth Town 1 Teignmouth 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Monday 5th May

The Vikings recent unbeaten run came to an end at Manstone against the East Divisions Runners Up. Unbeaten on their travels all season the visitors would prove to be difficult opponents. Town started very well,looking solid at the back. In midfield the hosts were playing through the lines and certainly had the upper hand. As has been the case this season not scoring when on top usually proves costly at this level. After creating a couple of openings Teignmouth opened the scoring on the half hour mark. A mistake then led to that being doubled five minutes later. With the final nail in the coffin being the visitors notching their third straight from Towns restart.

Five minutes of defensive madness had put the result beyond doubt.

Town to their credit never gave up and kept trying to grab a lifeline that could make it interesting. Jack Burgess twice denied the Teigns attack & was relieved to see a thunderous effort rebound to safety off of the crossbar. With Andrew Thompson having to leave the field with an injury Towns hopes dwindled. Mike Pidgeon managed to score from close range with virtually the last kick of the game.

Paddy writes: The first half hour was a joy to watch, unlike the ten minutes that followed. We gifted them two goals that put the game out of reach. Our form lately has been very good and had we not contributed to our own downfall then I think we might of had a point. Teignmouth obviously enjoy playing away,not surprising if you see the state of their pitch.Ken Mortimore presented a near perfect playing surface and deserves a mention for his dedication.
The Vikings final league game is on Saturday 10th May 3pm k.o Home to Liverton.
On Tuesday 13th May Town play host to Axminster in the Semi Final of the Axminster Hospital Cup, ko 6.30.

Following Report Copied From SWPL Website

Teignmouth secured Runners-Up position in the East Division in this their final game of the campaign and werepresented with the Runner-Sup Trophy and Medals at the final whistle. The prize also carrys £750 prize money and Teignmouths success means Galmpton United finish in 3rd and collect £500.

Having lost to the University of Exeter on Saturday and still needing at least a point the visitors took a while to establish control and in fact in the opening half hour it was the home Vikings that looked as likely to gain the first goal but on 32 minutes the visitors went ahead in a very sporting manner.

A bit of a goal mouth scramble ended with Craig Stonelake shooting from close range with the shot hitting a defender and the inside of the post with the visitors claiming it had crossed the line. Goal-Line technology isn’t likely to reach Step 7 anytime soon but the actions of the home linesmen signalling that indeed the ball had crossed the line was a refreshing and welcome show of sportsmanship (Well done !)

Two more goals in the space of barely three minutes shortly after wrapped up the game with Matt Eves making it 2-0 in the 37th minute before Sam Chapman rounded the home keeper to make it 3-0 just two minutes later.

The second half was short on action although Eves saw an effort hit the bar and Geoff Breslan struck a post before the home side grabbed a late consolation effort through Mike Pidgeon to make it 1-3.

Todays successs saw Teignmouth also ended the campaign as unbeaten in all 15 away league matches, quite some achievement !

Appledore 1 Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 3rd May

The Vikings returned from North Devon with a richly deserved point. Travelling to Appledore hasn’t bought much reward over the years. Arriving at Marshford you can say we were a little surprised to find that Appledore Reserves had just played on the slopey ground! Appledore took advantage of some slack defending in the fifth minute and opened the scoreing as Town tried to run off their journey. Slowly the Vikings began to threaten the hosts with Andy Isaacs heading straight at the keeper when well placed. With Andrew Thompson pulling the strings the Vikings were still in the game. Alex Bowring making his debut kept the scoreline the same with a great save on forty minutes as the first half petered out. Belief was the buzz word at half time as if Town were to get anything, they needed to believe they could do it. The Vikings came back strongly and were on top in the second half but couldn’t find a way through. Appledore were reduced to long balls and the occasional counter attack. On seventy eight minutes the Vikings equalised with Dan Tavender forcing the ball home from a goalmouth scramble. There was still time for Riki Pitter to grab the winner but he scuffed his effort from six yards out.

Paddy writes: We showed a lot of character to dig a result out. Again changes were forced upon us with unavailability throughout the squad. Alex came in & did well in goal. Mike Pidgeon hadn’t played for three weeks but played as well as most. Andrew Thompson is a top player, great awareness, good touch and is leading the side by example in terms of how to play the game. If you had offered a point before the game I would of gladly taken it. Being greedy we might of snatched all three! The players are making huge efforts lately and deserve all the credit.

Teignmouth are our visitors on Bank Holiday Monday May 5th 3pm KO

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