Colyton 2nds 2 Sidmouth Town 3rds 3

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 8 Saturday 25th October

The fixture list decreed that just 3 weeks after a closely fought home draw Sidmouth 3rds were to head off to play Colyton’s 2nd team in the return fixture.

Hopes of a first competitive victory were high. Although Colyton were 2nd in the table Sidmouth’s performance in the home game gave them real hope of upsetting the form book. And with Mike Stamp having a gentle re-introduction to competitive football after a leisurely summer away the 3rds looked well equipped to handle the absence of their experienced backbone of Nicolle and Johnson.Sidmouth made a very bright start pressing Colyton back and depriving them of possession. A series of free kicks and corners were expertly taken by Sidmouth’s, Jamie Briggs. One of these led to a goalmouth scramble with Jack Scrivens smashing home the loose ball – the goal very much bringing to mind Robin Van Persie’s against Chelsea the following day. Despite this being his first goal in adult football Jack’s reaction was altogether more nonchalant than RVP’s and he managed to hold back from throwing his shirt to the expectant crowd! Sadly the lead barely lasted 2 minutes before Colyton’s tricky right winger raced away to blast an unstoppable shot past a despairing Adam Bartlett in the Sidmouth goal.But Sidmouth were in determined mood and Arnie Onaki soon restored their lead with a fine headed goal.

Sidmouth ended the 1st half very much under the cosh. But despite that their manager Ian Peacock decided against his controversial (and frankly disastrous) ploy of making wholesale half-time substitutions. Instead he contented himself with changing Sidmouth’s formation to  4-3-3. Despite this cunning plan Sidmouth’s 2nd half got off to the worst possible start as Colyton equalised in the opening moments. Thereafter the game could have gone either way. But just as Arnie Onaki looked to be tiring he managed a wonderful long range effort to restore Sidmouth’s lead.Good chances continued to come at both ends. A particularly dazzling run from right back Ollie Pinnock could have made the last few minutes more comfortable for the Sidmouth supporters but sadly the run was followed by a rather less dazzling finish! But a jubilant Sidmouth team still managed to hold on to win 3-2 and secure their first victory. Indeed for many of the players this marked a first victory in adult football.

Choosing a man of the match was unusually difficult. Mike Stamp caught the eye with some determined defending and impeccable organisational skills. Arnie’s goals would ordinarily have swung it for him. But ultimately it was decided that the man of the match award would go to Jamie Briggs whose sheer will and determination stood out throughout.

 

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Tipton St John 4 Sidmouth Town 2

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Division 2 Saturday 25th October

This was a day of inadequacies for the travelling Vikings,as they were beaten by near-neighbours Tipton. It was the first win of the season for the hosts, ending an unbeaten league run stretching back to the 7th December for the visitors.

After changing at Ottery Cricket Club, a short journey was made to the Kings School Pitch which is clearly inadequate for senior football. Playing up the slope and into the wind Sidmouth had been given the formation and instruction to cope with the blustery conditions and spatially-challenged pitch but conceded after 5 minutes as a speculative shot was tipped on to the bar by keeper Dec Lines, only for the opposition to react faster than the Sid defence. The visitors got into their stride, creating chances and Ferenc Bodor poked home through the crowd to restore parity. Leading goalscorer Rikki Pitter then put the Vikings ahead with a superb header and Sidmouth were on top. The game-changing moment came when Will Jenkin’s close-range volley was brilliantly saved by the home custodian. The home side sensed there were more goals to be had too, and scored frtom a throw into the box, a needless penalty, and a deflected free-kick just before the break to leave the visitors shell-shocked,

The second half played out in familiar fashion in these scenarios, the chasing team having the possession and opportunities but never really convincing themselves they could score, whilst Tipton battled for everything even after playing most of the second half with ten men and fully deserved their win, For the Vikings it was an inept and inadequate performance if they seriously consider themselves as promotion contenders. They have the chance to redeem themselves this weekend when they face struggling div 4 side Axmouth Utd at home in the Bill Slee cup 2 pm ko

Sidmouth Town 3 Brixham 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 25th October

Sidmouth were delighted to give a 1st start of the season to centre back Alex Raistrick, who partnered Ashley Barker who for the second week donned the captains armband.  Sidmouth started well, they were well organised and played some nice passing football and it was no surprise when Dale O’Donaghue had an early chance, but unfortunately when clean through the striker fluffed his lines when failing to control a through ball.  The ball trickled back to the giant Brixham goalkeeper.  However O’Donaghue made no mistake on the 30th minute when a great piece of play from Ben Howard & Ashley Small completely confused the Blues back four and this allowed O’Donaghue to evade his marker and place the ball passed the diving keeper. 1-0.

On the 38th minute the referee was faced with a decision to make, Sidmouth’s Mark Pavey received the ball on the halfway line and ran straight down the middle of the pitch evading last ditched challenges, and when the last centre back was faced with Pavey he bundled over the fleet footed winger.   Everyone in the ground knew the defender had to go as he was clearly the last man and blatantly prevented Pavey with a clear goal scoring opportunity.  The referee awarded Sidmouth a freekick 18 yards out, but kept his cards in his pocket!  Sidmouth went on to dominate with Andrew Thomson & Aaron Doble in central midfield controlling proceedings.  Brixham threatened on occasions but found Barker & Raistrick in fine form.

 Halftime 1-0

Sidmouth started the half exactly how they had finished the first on top and in control.  The Vikings were working hard for each other and always threating with their neat passing and attacking play and it was no surprise when they scored a second on the 60th minute this time Pavey spotted the keeper over compensating at his near post and the prolific striker curled an unstoppable shot into the far corner. 2-0

70 minutes had passed before the visitors started to get back into the game as it seemed the greens were tiring.  Sean Kenny scored for the visitors on the 75th minute smashing the ball home after the Sidmouth backline failed to clear a crossed ball.  Sidmouth dusted themselves down and started to regain control of the game, however against the run of play Scott Dodgson scored from a terrific overhead kick, 12 yards out leaving Sidmouth’s keeper Ledger rooted to the spot. 2-2.

Both sides went on to create chances for Sidmouth Jake Boyland had a couple of chances, but the winner came in the 82nd from Sidmouth’s Ashley Small, Thomson delivered a fabulous ball into the box, luckily for the Vikings Pavey missed his header and this allowed Small to ghost in at the far post and smash a half volleyed effort into the goal.  Sidmouth immediately changed shape in order to ‘shut up shop’ and introduced 16 year old Joe Miller to retain the ball and Andy Isaac to inject some physical presence and additional energy.  The whistle did eventually blow on the 96th minute and giving the Vikings a well-deserved win.

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Cole, Raistrick, Barker (C), Boyland, Pavey, Thompson, Doble, Small, Howard & O’Donoghue.  Used Subs: Miller for Pavey, Isaac for Howard. Unused Subs: Newbury, Colson & Pidgeon.

Star Man

Dale O’Donaghue

 

Sidmouth Town 1 St Martins 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 18th October

Sidmouth welcomed St Martins to Manstone Lane in a game that was not for the purist, but was full of talking points.  Sidmouth included former player Ben Ashford in the side, Ashford who now plays his football for Tiverton Town had a free week but answered the call to assist as Sidmouth had defenders Mike Pidgeon & Gary Dixon injured and left back Tony Cox suspended.  Sidmouth also gave a debut to Jake Boyland.

St Martins started at an electrifying pace catching Sidmouth cold with Dax Vincent scoring, Vincent punished Sidmouth’s  Ben Ashfords slip in the box. 0 -1.  The visitors continued to dominate with winger Kevin Pike causing Sidmouth all kinds of problems with his pace and intelligent play. The 1st major incident occurred in the 20th minute when Sidmouth’s speed merchant Mark Pavey got in behind the St Martins back four and just as the striker was about to shoot he was brought down from behind, by a desperate Peter Eveleigh challenge.  The referee made the correct decision and showed the defender a straight red card.  This gave Sidmouth some impetus and they started to get a foothold on the game.  However the normally impressive Ashford failed to control a long ball and took one touch to many, getting himself into all kinds of trouble which resulted in him dragging down Vincent.  This left the referee with no option other than to send the defender off, leaving both teams with ten men.

Halftime 0-1

Sidmouth started the half well as St Martins seemed to want to sit back and defend, the midfield battle between Sidmouth’s Barker & St Martins Brooks was fierce and on the 55th minute it got out of hand with Brooks arriving late in the tackle which resulted in him being shown a yellow card, 5 minutes later Brooks arrived late in the challenge on Sidmouth’s centre half Wes Tarr, this time Brooks was shown a straight red card.  This really had St Martins rocking and Sidmouth should have equalised when Ben Howard was unmarked in the box, the normally dependable hit man smashed his shot straight at Lee Bailey in goal from point blank range.  The ball was cleared and within three passes Vincent had scored his second.  This really seemed to  get Sidmouth going, the introduction of Thomson (who was nursing a slight injury) really got the Vikings playing and it was no surprise when Sidmouth scored, a cracking effort from Boyland who volleyed home from 12 yards out.  1-2.

On the 85th minute a clumsy challenge by Sidmouth’s Matt Colson saw him walk for his second bookable offence leaving both sides down to nine players each.  The last chance of the game fell to Sidmouth’s Ashley Barker, who was skipper for the day with the absence of Josh French.  The ball fell invitingly to Barker 10 yards out but to everyone’s disbelief Barker lashed his shot over the cross bar, a real let off for St Martins who were fortunate to escape with all three points.

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Colson, Ashford, Tarr, Cole, Boyland, Barker (C), Doble, Small, Pavey & Howard.  Used Subs: Newbery, Miller & Thomson.  Unused: Pidgeon.

Star Man

Jake Boyland

 

Chulmleigh 3 Sidmouth Town 2nds 4

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Division 2 Saturday 18th October

The long and winding journey to mid-Devon village Chumleigh reaped another 3 points for Town’s reserve side. After a tentative start, with just a couple of Ferenc Bodor off-target shots to show for, the game burst into life on twenty minutes. Rikki Pitter’s cross picked out Tim Lister at the far post to head the visitors into the lead. The score was doubled minutes later as Bodor seized upon a loose ball to smash past the home keeper. Half an hour in two became three after the familiar combination of Bodor and Pitter saw the latter sweep home to take a commanding lead.

For the second week running the Vikings failed to take the initiative and conceded before and after the break as the hosts upped their game. The momentum was all with Chumleigh but Sidmouth looked dangerous on the break, and Arnie Onaki’s goal-bound shot was helped home by Bodor, restoring a two-goal cushion. The home side hit back roared on by the local crowd who had taken a disliking to their cosmopolitan visitors, with xenophobic and racist comments throughout the closing stages. Dec Lines and then Ben Squance cleared off the goal-line in quick succession as the visitors hung-on to collect all the points. The Vikings two stand-out players were the oldest and youngest members of the squad Anthony Griffiths and Matt Ogley, one displaying unrelenting energy and tenacious tackling whilst mature in possession, the other showing wise timing in the challenge, solid clearances and knowledgeable positioning.

This week Town 2nds have a shorter trip for the derby contest at Tipton St John

Sidmouth Town 2 Plymouth Marjon 3

Carl Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup Saturday 11th October

For the second week running Sidmouth started poorly and this gave the visitors the incentive to take the game to the Vikings and it was no surprise when they took the lead on the 25th minute the only surprise was that the goal came after the normally reliable Matt Colson slipped and allowed Mann with an easy finish. 0-1.  Five minutes later Mann scored his second after the home side failed to clear their lines.  Dale O’Donoghue gave the Vikings a lifeline on the 40th minute when the former Newtown top scorer rounded off a good team move.  1-2.

Half time 1-2

Sidmouth started the half strongly with Ben Howard missing two fantastic opportunities.  The Vikings played some good football as they went searching for the equaliser, but were always susceptible to the counter attack and only some outstanding goal keeping from Charlie Ledger kept the greens in the game.  However the teenage keeper could do nothing about a goal of the season contender on the 80th minute when Marjons were awarded a free kick 20 yards out, Adam Smietanka stepped up and curled his shot into the top left hand corned of the goal.  1-3.  Two minutes later Sidmouth’s top scorer Mark Pavey delivered an excellent cross after out pacing the visitors left back, Pavey’s cross found the unmarked O’Donaghue who smashed home his second. Sidmouth pinned Marjons in their own half for the remainder of the game but could not find a leveller and crashed out of the Devon Premier cup in the process.

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Dixon, Colson, Pidgeon, Cox, O’Donoghue, Barker, French (C), Thompson, Doble, Isaac.  Used Subs: Small, Pavey & Howard.  Unused Subs: Cole & Tarr

 

 

Topsham Town 2nds 4 Sidmouth Town 2nds 5

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Division 2 Saturday 11th October

The Vikings second string started this game on the front foot but went behind to a long-range shot in the first ten minutes. The visitors response was immediate, Ferenc Bodor out-pacing the Tops defence to slot home. He repeated the trick minutes later before completing a twenty minute hat-trick with a header. From this point Sidmouth should really have made the game safe but allowed their hosts, who scored either side of Damien Arme’s powerful header, back in to the game. Armes then nodded in at the back post for a brace with Topsham having the final goal of the game.

A grateful 3 points and a performance to move on from quickly.

Next up Chumleigh away next Saturday