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.