Sidmouth Town 0 University Of Exeter 5

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 29th November

Sidmouth welcomed the students of Exeter University to Manstone Lane and the visitors excellent recent run of form looked like it was going to continue as on the 10th minute a rash challenge by Andrew Thomson gave the students the opportunity of a direct free kick from 20 yards out, Peter Beadle duly obliged and placed his shot over the wall passed the diving Charlie Ledger.  0-1

The students continued to dominate the half as the Vikings struggled to deal with the superior fitness and movement from a well drilled side.  On the 35th minute the visitors scored a second, this time Toby Yates finished off an excellent team move. 0-2.  On the 40th minute Sidmouth should have scored Ferenc Bodor intercepted a weak back pass and only a superb save from the students goalkeeper Ben Pryor enabled the visitors to go in at halftime with a clean sheet.

Halftime 0-2

Sidmouth tweaked their formation at halftime and looked better for it as they had the students on the back foot and on the 55th minute Sidmouth’s Josh French should have scored, French put a far post unchallenged header wide of the goal.  This proved to be a critical let off for the visitors as minutes later they were awarded a penalty after Aaron Doble struck a player off the ball and was rightly shown the red card.  The resultant penalty from Josh Higgins rippled the net. 0-3.

On the 70th minute Sidmouth were reduced to nine players a tangle of legs between Wes Tarr and Beadle was deemed to be a professional foul by the referee, the hardworking Sidmouth defender Tarr received his marching orders.    For the remainder of the game it was damage limitation for Sidmouth as the students rain riot.  Beadle scored his second on the 80th minute and Cain Christoforou scored the fifth and final goal on the 87th minute.

A special mention must go to Sidmouth’s starlet Jamie Newbery the 16 year old Devon County youth defender making his second start of the season played a major part along with some poor finishing to ensure that the University didn’t reach double figures!

Fulltime 0-5

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Colson, Tarr, Newbery, Cox, Pavey, Doble, French(C), Thomson, Bodor & Small.  Used Subs: Miller, Pidgeon & Crosby

Star man

Jamie Newbery


Sidmouth Town 3rds 1 Tedburn St Mary 2nds 1

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 8 Saturday 22nd November

Sidmouth 3rd team entertained Tedburn St Mary 2nds at Sidford on Saturday in what turned out to be a frustrating afternoon.  Despite heavy rain the night before, the conditions were perfect for the home team’s passing style and hopes were high that they could make it three wins in a row against a team whose own form had been patchy at best. With Ian Peacock unable to make the match, veteran players Charlie Nicolle and John-Paul Staniforth took temporary change of the team, aided by club stalwart Gary Bargery on the side line.  An attacking 4-4-2 formation was chosen to start the match and this looked to be the right call early on as Sidmouth took the game to the opposition and created chance after chance. After hitting the upright twice moments before, Sidmouth earned a penalty midway through the half as Josh Worthington was felled by the onrushing Tedburn keeper.  Worthington himself picked himself up and at the second time of asking smashed the penalty into the top left hand corner of the net.  The lead was the least the team deserved with Jack Scrivens and Sam Marriot taking the game to the opposition at every opportunity and Dan Corrick marshalling the defence well.  However, for all Sidmouth’s domination of the game, the half ended with the home team only one goal to the good.

The second half resumed how the first ended, with Sidmouth again creating chance after chance but failing to convert any of them.  Arnold Onaki, playing centre forward, was causing the Tedburn defence numerous problems but was twice denied by the woodwork, unable to get the crucial second (goal) the team deserved.  Possibly taking heart from the home team’s profligacy in front of goal, Tedburn slowly started to get a foothold into the game.  Jimmy Pearse, Ollie Pinnock and Jamie Briggs were all introduced from the Sidmouth bench to try and regain Sidmouth’s dominance of the game and it appeared that they would be victorious as the clock ran down to the last few minutes with no further goals.  Alas, with less than a minute remaining Sidmouth’s defence made their first mistake of the afternoon.  A long ball was hoofed forward by a Tedburn defender down their left wing.  Sidmouth failed to clear the ball into touch and the away team managed to get in one of their only crosses of the day, which was dispatched into the bottom right hand corner of the net by a jubilant centre forward.

Despite this cruel ending to the game, Sidmouth should take heart from the performance and realise that if they start to convert a few more of their chances (instead of hitting the woodwork 5 times!) and cut out the defensive mistakes, they will win many more games to come this season.  Despite great games from Sam Marriott and John-Paul Staniforth, Man of the match must go to Brett Lines, whose desire to win and strength in the challenge stood out throughout.  This Saturday Sidmouth welcome Culm 2nds to Sidford playing fields, in what appears to be a stiff test on paper.


Okehampton Argyle 3 – Sidmouth Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 22nd November

Sidmouth started brightly and for the opening fifteen minutes were the better side, then the homeside took control with current Willand Rovers winger Luke Alden running the show, the wingers movement and passing was causing the Vikings severe problems and it was no surprise when on the 23rd minute he carved out the opening goal, skipping passed Jake Boyland and then passing inside to Tallen Burns who placed into the bottom corner passed Sidmouth Charlie Ledger. 0-1

Sidmouth found it tough but defended well with debutant Jamie Newbery making some fine tackles and interceptions along with the dependable Wes Tarr.  However the second goal came on the 30th minute when Ledger & centre back Mike Pigeon got in a complete muddle and this allowed the veteran Roger Bonaparte to intercept Pidgeon’s weak back pass and place through Ledgers legs 0-2.  Sidmouth created some decent opportunities with Boyland & Pavey both failing to hit the target when in good goal scoring positions.

Halftime 0-2

Sidmouth altered their formation at half time and this allowed them to try and stage the comeback and only exceptional goal keeping from Harry Geering in the Okehampton goal prevented the visitors from scoring.  Sidmouth dominated the half and on the 60th minute should have scored when Cox had a point blank range header expertly saved. In the 65th minute the gloves man made another wonderful save this time Andy Isaac had a powerful headed effort from six yards out parried to safety.  Sidmouth continued to ask the backline of Okehampton questions and on the 70th minute needed the assistance of Geering again, this time the custodian went to tip Andrew Thomsons rasping drive over the bar only to realise that the ball wasn’t going over the crossbar the keeper turned and saved the ball on the line.  Sidmouth could not do much more than what they were doing, however on the 80th minute the game was killed off when Jason Cordice was sent clear and drilled low past Sidmouths Ledger.

Final Score 3-0

Sidmouth From: Ledger, Pidgeon, Tarr, Newbery, Boyland, Bodor, Small, French (C), Thomson, Pavey & Isaac.  Used Subs: Colson, Cox & Miller

Star man

Wes Tarr



Halwill 0 Sidmouth Town 2nds 2

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Division 2 Saturday 15th November

The Vikings second string returned from the long round-trip to Halwill with all 3 points, and indeed the teams, first clean sheet of the season.

The opening exchanges were tentative as both teams struggled with the sodden pitch but it was the home side who had the first chance, Halwill’s striker unable to connect cleanly from a free-kick. Sidmouth’s front three, Will Jenkins, Rikki Pitter and Arnie Onaki got themselves into the game and fashioned chances for each other, Pitter particularly unfortunate with a spectacular volley on the turn which the Halwill keeper tipped over.

After a goal-less first half, another first this season, the visitors started to exert a bit of authority, with Mark Burdus and Damien Armes coming to the fore, controlling the midfield and again the Vikings nearly broke the deadlock, whilst at the other end Dec Lines saved smartly in a rare Halwill attack. Twenty minutes from time leading goal-scorer Pitter put the visitors ahead with a turn and shot in the box. Sidmouth then played smart football, defending deep and hitting on the counter and keeping their hosts penned in their own half. Charlie Nicolle and Richard Johnson, drafted in after the 3rd team had their game called off both entered the fray and it was Johnson showing his predatory instincts to settle the game after Matt Ogley had pressurised the Halwill defence into a mistake before Johnson calmly slotted home. The centre-back pairing of Andrew Lord and Ben Squance coped comfortably with everything Halwill had to offer whilst full-backs, Darren Thomas and Nick Gingell, defended and distributed intelligently and along with Lines ensured the visitor’s goal would not be breached. It was left to man of the match Matt Ogley to cap a game of incredible industry as he glided over the surface for 90 minutes harassing and creating while others turned like tankers in the mud.Put through with just the keeper to beat he chose the narrow side of the goal and squeezed the ball wide in the last kick of the game, missing out on a debut senior goal that his performance merited.

A great team performance with the feeling that the best yet to come from this squad. This week the 2nds have a rare home game entertaining Culm United KO 2.15

Sidmouth Town 5 – Totnes & Dartington 5

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 15th November

Sidmouth welcomed back captain Josh French and gave a 1st start to seasoned campaigner Mike Stamp.  Mike Pidgeon replaced the injured Ben Cole.  Reserve team player Ferenc Bodor was also called into the squad after being in excellent form for the second team.

The greens started really well which saw a really impressive display for 35 minutes.  Ash Small, Mark Pavey & Dale O’Donoghue were causing the visitors real problems with their exceptional inter play.  Defenders Stamp, Barker, Pidgeon & Boyland were really organised and coped well with the occasional counter attacks from the visitors.  Midfield duo Andrew Thomson & Aaron Doble kept probing and kept trying to find the pass to unlock the Blue’s.  The visitors were being put under some serious pressure and only some alert goal keeping prevented the Vikings from scoring.

On the 35th minute and completely against the run of play, a long clearance eluded centre backs Barker & Stamp and the ball fell kindly to Gareth McEwan who slotted calmly passed Ledger 0-1.  Unbelievably five minutes later a similar clearance fell to Angus Wilson who made no mistake with the finish. 0-2.  Sidmouth bounced back and crucially right on half time O’Donoghue exquisitely flicked the ball passed the stranded visiting keeper from a Pavey cross. 1-2.

Half time 1-2

Sidmouth regrouped and scored two minutes after the restart this time Pavey side footing home after finding himself unmarked in the area 2-2.  Having got themselves back into the game, Sidmouth then fell apart and this allowed Totnes & Dartington to score a third through Myles Chalcroft, followed up a minute later by another goal this time the visitors best player on the day teenager Buzz Avis on his debut scoring what should have been the final nail in the Vikings coffin. 2-4.  Sidmouth were not done yet and on the 65th minute Barker smashed home his shot from an un-cleared corner to stage a possible comeback.  3-4. That Comeback looked over on the 70th minute when Barker gave away a penalty (yellow card) and then got a second yellow card which obviously led to a red for arguing with the referee.  The resultant penalty was drilled straight down the middle by Chalcroft. 3-5

Sidmouth seemed to call a ‘timeout’ and after a quick group huddle instigated by the experienced Stamp, all could see that Sidmouth were not prepared to give up just yet.   Sidmouth made three substitution’s all inside five minutes of each other.  Under 16’s & Devon youth team defender Jamie Newbery replaced Boyland, debutant Bodor replaced Pavey & Ben Howard replaced French.  On the 80th minute Bodor made an immediate impact providing a perfect cross that Doble bundled over the line.  4-5.  The comeback was complete on the 85th minute, Howard seized upon some indecisive defending and then curled a well-deserved equaliser into the goal from twelve yards out.

Final Score 5-5

Team From: Ledger, Boyland, Stamp, Barker, Pidgeon, Small, Thomson, Doble, Pavey, O’Donoghue & French Used Subs: Howard, Newbery & Bodor.  Unused Sub: Miller.

Star Man O’Donoghue


Sidmouth Town 2nds 6 Axmouth United 1

Bill Slee Cup

 With the 1st team having a free week and the unavailability of 2nd team Manager Simon Hudson, this game gave 1st team Manager Josh Stunell & his assistant John Clements the ideal opportunity to check upon the progress of the talented reserve side and neither of them were to be disappointed.

Sidmouth a league above their visitors who had a number of players who had Devon & Exeter Premier Division experience in their side, took the initiative early by passing the ball well and keeping shape.  For all of the Vikings possession they failed to threaten the Axmouth gloves man until the 25th minute when the rapid Ferenc Bodor was put through by Damien Armes.  The winger made no mistake with the finish 1-0.  Sidmouth didn’t really get out of first gear for the remainder of the half and this gave the visitors some encouragement and only some smart goal keeping from Dec Lines allowed Sidmouth to go into the break with the lead.

Half time 1-0

Sidmouth started the half with a spring in their step and soon found themselves scoring a second again Bodor escaped his marker and when left with just the keeper to beat he smashed his shot home 2-0.  On the 55th minute Bodor hit a terrific shot on the half volley from wide right, this time his shot hit the far post and rebounded to safety.  Had that got in it would have been a goal of the season contender.  On the 65th Minute Bodor did get his hatrick, Bodor raced away from the Axmouth backline and took full advantage of the woeful defending and easily placed the ball past the visiting keeper. 3-0.

Axmouth did manage to pull a goal back on the 68th minute a poor back pass was seized upon and Daniel Reynolds managed to bundle the ball into the goal. 3-1.  On the 70th minute Sidmouth introduced the spritely Mike Stamp who made an immediate impact, scoring two goals in quick succession.  5-1.  The icing was put on the cake in the 85th minute when 16 year old youth team player Joe Miller scored having ghosted in at the back post to finish off a crossed ball.  Miller has featured twice for the 1st team this year and would have been delighted to have got his first goal in senior football.

Final Score 6-1

Sidmouth From: Lines, Gingell, Squance, Thomas, Griffiths, Armes (C), Ogley, Jenkins, Andrade, Pitter & Bodor.  Used Subs: Stamp, Burdus & Miller

(Joshua Stunell post match comments)

Josh said “I was really impressed today with the mental strength and determination of the team.  I felt that we were very much coasting and at halftime I instructed the side to raise their games by sharpening up their passing and doing things much quicker.  I felt they were taking Axmouth to lightly.  To be fair to a man they listened, hence the final score being as it was.  I felt Damien Armes showed some good qualities holding the midfield together.  His midfield partner Matt Ogley also shone to the point where the 16 year old midfielder ran the game for large spells, Stamp was a handful as was Bodor, who scored three goals but I still believe he can do more and should have scored five!!!

”Star Man

Ferenc Bodor

Sidmouth Town 3rds 8 Lapford 2nds 1

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 8 Saturday 1st November

On Saturday Sidmouth’s 3rd team had the opportunity to avenge an earlier 8-1 defeat by Lapford when the North Devon team travelled down for the return fixture at Sidford. Sidmouth were to take the opportunity in the best possible way by reversing the score and recording an 8-1 victory.

Unlike the away fixture Sidmouth were over blessed with players for the home game and manager Ian Peacock had to make some last minute selection changes to accommodate all of the players who were suddenly available. Sidmouth began the game brightly and there was no real surprise when Dan Corrick opened the scoring with a scrambled goal after Lapford were unable to clear a Sidmouth corner. The lead was however short lived when an uncharacteristic moment of indecisiveness in the Sidmouth defence allowed the Lapford striker to finish with aplomb.  After that it was pretty much one way traffic. Josh Worthington finished well to restore the Sidmouth lead after a lovely flowing moving begun by James Hiscox. A hat trick from Andy Isaac and a brace from James Hiscox then followed- only interrupted by a sending off for a Lapford player showing understandable frustration. Sidmouth could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty and some other glaring misses.

Picking the goal of the match was a challenge. An Andy Isaac volley from at least 30 yards out in the first half was an early contender. A James Hiscox free kick in the second half ran it close. As did an overhead kick from Andrew Lord at the death which brought to mind Wayne Rooney in more ways than one! Credit must go to Lapford who never gave up despite playing a large part of the game with 10 players. And they can take the comfort of knowing that the aggregate score for the season was 9-9!

As pleasing as the final score was perhaps the most pleasing feature was the quality of some of Sidmouth’s football. Some of the passing and movement was a joy to behold. Perhaps that was reflected in the fact that the man of the match was Jack Scrivens who did not get on the score sheet. But whose energy from left back was one of the reasons that Sidmouth were able to dominate possession in the way that they did.

Next Saturday Sidmouth have the chance to continue their good form with another home game at Sidford. They play their old (but youthful!) adversaries from Feniton and know that a repeat of Saturday’s performance will be required if they are to prevail.