Galmpton Utd 1 – Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 24th January

Sidmouth were 3 minutes away from recording a fantastic away victory against 3rd placed Galmpton Utd.  Sidmouth were by far the better side in the first half but failed to punish the lacklustre home side.  Mark Pavey & Riki Pitter both guilty of missing glorious chances.  To say Sidmouth could and should have been at least 3 goals up at halftime is no exaggeration as it happened the Vikings went in at halftime in confident mood with the scores level 0-0.

Galmpton raised their game in the second half as did Sidmouth with skipper Aaron Doble showing just why he has been entrusted to lead the young Vikings.  It wasn’t until the 70th minute that the ball found the net, Pavey breaking down the right wing and crossing for Pitter to head home 0-1.

This rallied Galmpton and they put the visitors defence under some serious pressure as they switched to four players in attack, Sidmouth held firm with Thomas, Gingell, Burdus & Newbery looking unbeatable.

On the 85th minute the home keeper made a wonder save from 12 yards out, Pavey smashed an effort on target in which the glovesman threw his hands up in the air as a reaction, unfortunately for Pavey the ball was palmed over the bar to safety.

Galmpton were given a lifeline on the 87th minute after an obvious foul on the Vikings keeper Ledger, the teenage keeper informed the referee of the infringement, however the official was unhappy about Ledger’s language and awarded an indirect free kick which was headed home after an initial clearance.  1-1

Galmpton nearly grabbed all the points when a speculative effort from 20 yards out hit the post and rolled along the goal line and then was cleared, lady luck smiling on the Vikings right at the end which was well deserved as a defeat would have been a bitter pill to swallow as on the day the Vikings were excellent.

Final score 1-1

Star Man
Aaron Doble

Sidmouth from: Ledger, Thomas, Burdus, Newbery, Gingell, Cox, Doble, Cooper, Pavey, Small & Pitter.  Used Subs: Kana’ah, Pidgeon.  Unused Sub: Jenkins.





St Martins 6 Sidmouth Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 3rd January

The Minster Park pitch was in remarkably good condition, especially considering the weather and the large number of postponements elsewhere. This also boosted the gate with several neighbouring clubs having players, officials and Supporters in a crowd of 108. Sidmouth were clearly buoyed by the inclusion of Cameron Vere who had spent the last two seasons gaining success at Exmouth Town. The Vikings were quick out of the traps with Jake Boyland and Mark Pavey causing the home side all sorts of problems with their clever wing play.  The Vikings carved out three gilt edge chances that they really should have scored and had they taken their opportunities it would have asked some serious questions of the experienced minster men. Having dominated the first 25 minutes the youthful Vikings were made to pay for their missed goal scoring chances and on the 29th minute a goal from Dax Vincent, low from the edge of the box, gave the hosts a lead. The lead was doubled on the stroke of half time, Ben Smith shot from 18 yards but saw his effort parried by Vikings keeper Charlie Ledger unfortunately the ball fell to Joey Hawes who fired it back into the top corner.
Halftime 0-2
The second half saw the hosts, who climbed to 4th with this win, establish a firm grip on the contest with Kevin Pike firing in low just 4 minutes after the re-start to make it 3-0.Two goals in the space of three minutes just after the hour mark made the scoreline convincing with Joey Hawes netting his second after 61 minutes and then Kevin Pike followed suit as he scored his second to make it 5-0 after 63.The scoring was completed with still a quarter of the contest remaining with Joey Hawes claiming his hat-trick as his low shot from 20 yards beat the outstretched Charlie Ledger in the 69th minute to make it 6-0.
Sidmouth From: Ledger, Cox, Colson, Vere, Newbery, Doble, Armes, Pavey, Boyland, Small & French (c). Used Subs: Pidgeon, Parr & Kana’ah Unused Sub Miller.