Sidmouth Town 2 Tavistock 3

Carlsberg SWPL Division1 East Saturday 27th September

The supporters at Manstone Lane witnessed a terrific game of football, but unfortunately also too much controversy.  Sidmouth had a near full strength squad, with the only absentee being Ben Howard.  Sidmouth were delighted to have 16 yr old Jamie Newbery in the squad along with Aaron Doble making his first appearance of the season.

Against the run of play Sidmouth took the lead on the 10th minute when Mark Pavey caught the visiting keeper by surprise with a well-placed shot that he struck early to leave the keeper flat footed from 20 yards out 1-0.  Tavistock had some good opportunities and found Charlie Ledger in the home goal in good form.  The first controversial point was Tavistock’s equaliser, the Sidmouth backline had pushed up well as a unit and left Kelvin Fyneboy standing in an offside position, the flag did not go up and the striker took full advantage and riffled passed Ledger in goal.  To the credit of the linesperson he immediately apologised for getting the decision wrong. 1-1.  Sidmouth finished the half strongly with Dale O’donoghue placing a header over the bar when unmarked in the 18 yard area.

Half-Time 1-1

Sidmouth started the second half well and deservedly took the lead on the 60th minute through Ashley Small who received the ball wide on the right hand side the striker unleashed a terrific strike from 30 yards that flew into the top left corner of the goal 2-1.  The second talking point of the game occurred on the 65th minute when Josh French went up for a high ball with Meads in goal, the Tavistock keeper flapped at the high ball but French was adjudged to have played the man and not the ball.  On the 70th minute Tavistock’s left full back John Robbin hit a a rasping effort from 35 yards out that flew passed ledger 2-2.  Tavistock’s winner came on the 78th minute when Ledger rose high to claim a cross, with two hands clearly on the ball the challenge on the keeper was deemed to be legal causing ledger to drop the ball at the feet of Fyneboy 3-2.

On the 80th minute the game was delayed for 40 minutes after Tavistock’s young defender Ollie Archer landed awkwardly seriously hurting his back, the teenager was ambulanced to hospital.  Early reports are suggesting no breaks but severe tendon damage to the lower back.  Everyone at Sidmouth Town FC wish the talented defender a speedy recovery.

Fulltime 2-3

 Star Man

Josh French

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Cox, Colson, Pidgeon, Dixon, Barker, French (C), Thomson, Small, Pavey & O’Donoghue.  Used Subs: Isaac for O’Donghue 70th minute, Newbery for Dixon 75th minute & Doble for Cox 80th minute.  Unsused Sub Cole.





Cullompton 3 Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Walter Parsons Cup Saturday 20th September

Sidmouth welcomed back Top scorer Mark Pavey & Captain Josh French for this cup encounter against Cullompton who are sitting in the top four of the Peninsula Premier League.  The Vikings also included in their squad sixteen year olds Joe Miller & former Sidmouth Town under 16’s captain Matt Ogley.  Missing were Ash Small, Ben Cole, Dan Tavender, Wes Tarr & Dale O’Donaghue.

As expected Cullompton bossed the early exchanges and only some terrific goal keeping from Charlie Ledger and excellent centre back work from Mike Pidgeon & Matt Colson kept the home side out, that said on the 25th minute Sidmouth should have scored, the Cullompton back three pushed up to the half way line and a neat through ball from French saw Pavey one on one with the keeper unfortunately the league’s second highest goal scorer dragged his shot wide.  Sidmouth finished the half well and were more than a match for the higher league opposition.

Halftime 0-0

Cullompton stepped up a gear in the early part of the second half but found the backline of Cox, Colson, Pidgeon & Dixon a real force. Sidmouth soaked up the pressure and were always a threat on the counter attack. On the 60th minute Pavey received the ball 25 yards out from goal and spotted the home keeper off his line and true to form Pavey chipped the gloves man and gave the Vikings a deserved lead.  Cullompton continued to press but did not offer any real threat until the 75th minute when a lack of concentration from Cox at left back allowed a Cullompton cross that was bundled into the net. Five minutes later a good piece of combination play resulted in a cool finish from Ashley Donoghue. On 80 minutes Ogley replaced the injured French & Miller replaced right back Dixon. The two teenagers making their first team debuts made an immediate impact causing Cullompton some anxious moments with their intelligent play.  Cullompton got their third goal right on fulltime through Fanson as Sidmouth were pushing for the equaliser.

Full-time 3-1

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Dixon, Colson, Pidgeon, Cox, Barker, French, Thompson, Pavey & Howard  Used Subs: Ogley & Miller

Special mention goes to Matt Ogley & Joe Miller, their contribution on and off the pitch was superb.  Great attitudes, a major positive for the club.

Star Man

Andrew Thompson


Alphington 2 Sidmouth Town1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 13th September 2014

Sidmouth welcomed back Andrew Thompson and also gave a first start to new signing Ashley Barker signed from Witheridge.  Missing were top scorer Mark Pavey & Skipper Josh French.

Inside the first ten minutes of the game Sidmouth found themselves facing a penalty, due to a needless shove in the box by Dan Tavender.  The Alpha’s Shaun Densham’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by the Vikings Charlie Ledger and in the process saving Tavender’s blushes.  The save sparked Sidmouth into life and on the 20th minute they were awarded a spot kick of which Thomson made no mistake.  Sidmouth went onto create some great chances and on another day could have been three goals up by halftime and certainly should have scored a second again from the spot in the 30th minute, however this time Thomson blasted his shot over the bar. The Vikings failure to put the chronicles away would be there undoing and right on half time former Devon under 18 winger Kyle Howell made the most of some school boy defending from Sidmouth and calmly rounded Ledger 1-1

Halftime 1-1

Sidmouth started well and forced the home keeper into some smart saves.  With Dale O’ Donoghue and Ben Cole missing two glorious chances the latter blazing over whilst practically on the goal line, the longer the game went on and with the visitors missing so many chances this would always leave them wide open to the classic ‘smash and grab’ which was duly delivered by Densham on 80th minute the Alphas hit man rolled his marker and when faced with Ledger, Densham calmly chipped the ball over the on rushing keepers dive.

Final Score 1-2

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Cole, Tavender, Tarr, Small, Barker, Thomson, Pidgeon, Cox, Howard (C), O’donaghue.  Used Subs: Colson for Tarr (inj 20th min), Dixon for Colson (inj 70th min).

Star Man

Charlie Ledger

Sidmouth Town 5 Exwick Villa 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 6th September 2014

Exwick started brightly and put Sidmouth under some heavy pressure, with the home-side having to concentrate and work hard defensively to keep the visitors at bay.  On the 25th minute the opening goal arrived a good team passing move was completed by Callum Hoare who neatly finished past Charlie Ledger.  0-1.  Sidmouth dug in and soon found themselves level, former Exwick & Newtown striker Ben Howard firing past Simon Harris in goal.  Sidmouth started to gain some control of the game this was largely down to Josh French, Ash Small & Mike Pigdeon in midfield remaining disciplined and focussed.  However ledger was forced into a good save on 30 minutes when former Peterborough Utd Trainee Matt Byrne riffled a 20 yard free kick which was destined for the top right hand corner of the goal but Ledger was equal to it, palming it wide for a corner. This seemed to really deflated Exwick and Howard scored a second on the 40th minute that took the Vikings into halftime on a real high.

Half Time 2-1

 The turning point of the game was on the 48th minute, when presented with an open goal the Exwick striker hit the cross bar.  Sidmouth went straight do the other end and scored through a half volley from Josh French. 3-1.  The Vikings dominated the game from this point as the visitors badly tired and the young Vikings played on this with Mark Pavey taking full advantage, the inform striker scored on the 60th & 80th minute.  The win elevated Sidmouth up the table to fourth.

Full time 5-1

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Cole, Tavender, Tarr, O’donaghue, Pidgeon, French (C), Small, Cox, Howard & Pavey Used Subs: Colson for Tarr 60th Min & Farrington for Pidgeon 75th Min.

Star Man Mark Pavey


Crediton United 5 Sidmouth Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sidmouth arguably threw away the game at Lords meadow on Monday night, having taken an early lead through the inform Mark Pavey in the 3rd minute. The striker saw the keeper off his line and instinctively guided a half volleyed shot into the top right corner of the goal.  Sidmouth had to be resolute in their defending as the home side put the Vikings under a lot of pressure. Sidmouth defended really well with the whole team working hard for each other.

Half Time 0-1

 Whoever said it is a game of two halves was spot on, as Sidmouth failed to work hard enough for each other and completely lost their shape as Crediton turned the screw and found themselves 2-1 up inside 15 minutes of the restart.  Sidmouth were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute when Dan Tavender was upended.  The reliable Josh French placed the ball home 2-2.  The turning point of the game was on the 75th minute when Adam Kana’ah hit a rasping shot against the post with the keeper stranded, Crediton immediately went down the other end and scored following a defensive mix-up 3-2.  More uncertainty at the back from Sidmouth presented Crediton with their 4th on the night this time goal keeper Charlie Ledger not reacting quick enough in coming off his line.  That said the young keeper did go on to make some excellent stops but could do nothing with the 5th and final goal again a defensive blunder gifted Ord an easy chance.  Sidmouth went on to create additional chances through Small, Pavey and O’donaghue.  But on the night got exactly what they deserved……Nothing!

Full Time 5-2