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