Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 2 Saturday 21st February 2015
The second meeting in three weeks for these sides ended with the Students victors again in a game the hosts should have won. The opening exchanges saw Sidmouth the more likely to open the scoring,having the lions share of possession but creating very little in front of goal. Twenty minutes in the visitors opened the scoring,the Vikings conceding,uncharacteristically,from a corner,the visitors netting from a ‘free’ header. Instead of a positive reaction the hosts seemed to enter a torpor and minutes later another unchallenged header in the middle of the park fell to the visiting striker who ran, also unchallenged, and shot leaving Dec Lines in the Sid’s goal a spectator. At the other end the Vikings were not finding the final pass or failing to get on the end of some decent set-pieces and when they did, the visiting ‘keeper found the ball kindly nestling in his inexplicably borrowed gloves. Minutes before the half Aidy Parr pulled one back at the second attempt finishing a harder chance than had been previously missed to send the Vikings into the break trailing by a single goal.
The 2nd half produced enough chances for the Vikings to win a couple of games but none were taken. Free headers were missed, shots smashed off-target and clear penalties not given as the home side huffed and puffed but did not show enough composure in front of goal. To compound the Vikings frustration, the visitors scored the only goal of the half with a rare sortie into the home half, Lines again a spectator as the ball sailed over his head.
The effort and commitment were there as always ,but it was a disjointed effort lacking in quality in the last third. this result leaves the Reserves some way off their proposed goal of promotion this season which may be academic as tonight the League seek to push through a motion to re-organize the leagues, which would banish the 2nds to one of two uncompetitive reserve divisions.
The Vikings second-string face leaders Colyton at home this Saturday Town beat Colyton 4-1 earlier In the season ko is 3pm.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 14th February
The Vikings paid the price for some wasteful finishing against Alphington who were supported by former Exeter City starlet Matt Grimes who was in attendance supporting his 16 year old brother, who was making his debut for the Chronicles.
The Vikings began well and should have been one up inside the 1st minute, Aaron Doble’s free-kick was palmed out by the visiting keeper but straight into the path of Tony Cox who was six yards out from goal, Cox inexcusably blasted his shot over the bar. On the 20th minute Alphington’s Shaun Lyne-Lye played a superb pass into the path of Ryan Levington who chipped the on rushing Dec Lines in the home goal. 0-1. The remainder of the half saw Sidmouth create further chances with Jordon Cooper, Ash Small and Aaron Doble pulling all the strings for the young greens, there positive and creative play set up Cox on three further occasions and the tricky winger should have at least scored a brace by halftime, misses that would come-back and haunt the Vikings later!
Ten minutes into the second half Sidmouth were level when Riki Pitter found himself in acres of space, Pitter blasted past the Alphington goal keeper, to keep up his ratio of a goal a game. Sidmouth were very much on the front foot but failed to take full advantage of their forward play with Pitter & Pavey missing further chances. Alphington had equal amounts of possession and On the 70th minute the visitors found the elusive finish with only their third shot of the game this time Ryan Moody made no mistake with a rasping shot that left Lines well beaten. With fifteen minutes remaining the Vikings blooded another one of their talented 16 year olds, the talented Freddie King made his debut. The 6ft 3inch teenager didn’t see much of the ball as the Vikings were playing a little bit to direct in the closing stages but young King will be relieved to get his debut out of the way and can go into next week’s game at Tavistock with a little less pressure on his big shoulders.
With five minutes remaining Jamie Newbery had the chance to restore parity, Newbery who was six yards out with an open goal in front of him lost his footing and fell onto the ball that rolled onto the goal line and then was cleared. Newbery can be forgiven for his untimely slip as on the day, yet again the teenager was superb and rightly deserved his man of the match accolade, closely followed by skipper Aaron Doble. Ashley Small also had a good game for the Vikings, working tirelessly for the cause however an over exuberant challenge by the fleet footed winger saw him receive his marching orders on the 87th minute.
Final Score 1-2
Sidmouth From: Lines, Newbery, Vere, Burdus, Thomas, Cooper, Doble (c), Cox, Small, Pavey & Pitter. Used Subs: King, Pidgeon & Iddi. Unused: Miller & Ogley.
Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 2 Saturday 7th February 2015
The Vikings second string reached the halfway point in their league season with a trip to second-placed University 4th. With four changes to the starting line-up and a few compensatory positional changes it was small wonder Sidmouth started tentatively. The students were the first to fashion any goal action but were thwarted by the alert Jack Burgess in the Sidmouth goal,playing his first game for 9 months but showing no signs of ring-rust. As the Vikings grew into the game they started to threaten the hosts goal, Rich Johnson shooting over when well-placed while Aidy Parr caused problems throughout down the right flank. Midway through the half Parr tucked away Skipper Anthony Griffiths’ free-kick only to see the linesman’s flag raised,incorrectly. The rest of the half saw both sides cancel each other out and the game remained scoreless at half-time.
The second half saw more of the same high work-rate and team ethic from both sides but no real clear-cut chance by either side. Will Jenkins and Gary Dixon combined well down the left flank and Man of the Match Parr continued to look the most likely to conjure up a goal but a swift break from the hosts and a mis-hit clearance by the visitors led to the ball landing at the grateful Uni strikers feet to sweep home past the stranded Burgess. With 10 minutes remaining the visitors continued to push for the equaliser but could not get a goal, for the first time this season. The final whistle was followed by disappointment at not getting at least a share of the spoils and then the ten-minute walk back to the distant changing rooms. Although the result was less than the Vikings deserved there was far greater reward in the players commitment, attitude and team ethic that will stand them in good stead for the second half of the season.
Everything is still to play for and in Town’s own hands as to what they can achieve. Next week sees the Reserves on the road at Cullompton 2nds
Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 8 Saturday 7th February 2015
Onlookers could have easily been under the impression that this was going to be a game of men against boys as Sidmouth 3rd eleven warmed up to take on Bampton at Sidford on Saturday.The home team fielded probably their youngest team of the season against an experienced opposite number who put six past them earlier in the season. However Sidmouth soon proved that impression would be wrong and took control of the game. Proving age was no match for natural ability and pace, the home team’s slick passing created a number of early chances. It was therefore no surprise when Blake Blackwood received the ball on the left wing, cut inside and smashed the ball into the far right hand corner of the goal after a quarter of an hour. The goalscorer had the bit between his teeth and was giving the away team’s right full back a torrid time. Sidmouth’s movement and pace continued to give the opposition problems and it was no shock when Blackwood popped up on the opposite side of the pitch and fired an equally well placed shot into the goal to give the home team a two nil lead.
Sidmouth continued to boss possession of the ball, with their centre half partnership of Dan Corrick and Sidmouth Legend Gary Carpenter mopping up any chances that were created by the opposition. The whistle blew for half time when probably the home team would have liked it to continue for another half an hour, so well they were playing. However, this was to turn out to be a game of two halves. Bampton, having just clearly received a rollicking from their manager, started the second half as Sidmouth had the first. Proving experience is an important attribute after all, they created chances of their own. With the home team’s midfield of Hiscocks, Marriott and Harwood no longer able to have it all their own way, the Sidmouth defence started to come under pressure. 10 minutes into the half, Bampton won a corner. Using their height advantage to full effect the ball was played into the box and met by their central midfielder to pull back a goal. Ten minutes later they were level, again following a set piece. Although Sidmouth still tried to play their football, the tide had turned and it was now the away team who were bossing the game. Despite some commanding goalkeeping from Adam Barlett and the introduction of the combative Josh Worthington, Bampton scored again with less than twenty minutes remaining of the game. Chasing the game, Sidmouth piled players forward and were caught on the counter attack to go two behind late on.
Despite the defeat there were many positives to take from the game for the Sidmouth team, not least the experience they will gain from taking on an older, more physical opposition. Blake Blackwood was awarded the man of the match award, but special mention should go to Jimmy Pearse whose strength and skill were evident throughout the match and Zak Harwood on his debut.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 7th February
The home-side were very good value for the win in this seven goal thriller.
Sidmouth gave a 1st start of the season to reserve team goal keeper Dec Lines who replaced the injured Charlie Ledger. Sidmouth bossed the early proceedings with Mark Pavey & Ashley Small causing the visitors numerous problems. It was no surprise when the Vikings took the lead on the 15th minute through the impressive Pavey. The fleet footed forward picked up the ball 25 yards out from goal jinxed passed two defenders before slotting passed the advancing Harry Geering in the visitors goal. 1-0. Sidmouth looked in complete control and should have been out of sight before Okehampton equalised through Ross Voaden on the 30th minute. 1-1. Sidmouth dusted themselves down and soon hit back, this time left winger Tony Cox out-paced his marker and delivered an inch perfect cross for the reliable Riki Pitter to head home his twentieth club goal of the season past the helpless Geering. 2-1. Right on half time Sidmouth were made to pay for not converting some earlier chances as Jason Cordyce bundled a crossed ball passed Lines in goal.
The early exchanges of the second half was relatively even with both sides playing some good football. The visitors started to get the upper hand midway through the second half and were awarded a free kick 20 yards out of which was duly dispatched by Dale Chadwick on the 60th minute. Sidmouth introduced Cameron Vere into action on the 65th minute and the former Exmouth Town player soon had the ball in the net only to be ruled out for a very dubious offside decision. This did not deter the Vikings and they were soon level this time the impressive Small cut infield from the left wing an curled a powerful effort passed the diving Geering. 3-3.
Sidmouth decided to be brave for the remaining ten minutes committing bodies forward in an attempt to punish the tired looking visitors and on the 85th minute they were rewarded when substitute Mike Pidgeon expertly headed into the top right hand corner from Smalls cross. This goal completely deflated the visitors who by now had lost their discipline and ended up having two players sent off for two dangerous tackles.
Final score 4-3
Lines, Thomas, Burdus, Newbery, Gingel, Small, Cox, Cooper, Doble (c), Pavey & Pitter. Used Sub: Vere & Pidgeon
Star man Jordon Cooper
Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 2 Saturday 31st January 2015
For the 2nd week running Sidmouth Reserves were at home,this time against lowly Dawlish. The stodgy conditions did not make for great football and the home side made hard work of despatching their competitive if limited visitors.After a scrappy opening ten minutes the game’s first goal came as Jake Boyland raced down the left flank to fire a pin-point cross to the arriving Aidy Parr who finished confidently. The rest of the half was a turgid affair, the hosts dominating proceedings but creating very little end product whilst the visitors continued to battle through the half creating less.
After a little half-time chat Town came out of the blocks quickly making three good goal-scoring opportunities for the front 3 that should have seen them out of sight, before Parr added his and the hosts second goal of the game. Dawlish were still very much in the game at this point but the Vikings pressed for the game-breaker and a series of one-on-ones were either wasted or fallen foul to the liberal use of the flag by the visiting linesman. Finally Boyland beat the flag and the keeper to put the Vikings 3 up and it would seem seal the game. Injuries then followed as the heavy pitch took its toll and instead of giving the youngsters a run for the last quarter the home side had to re-shape and amidst these changes conceded with ten minutes to go. Dec lines,in goal saved with his foot after an under-hit back-pass was intercepted by the Dawlish striker
The final whistle arrived without further event to see Sidmouth run out 3-1 winners. Will Jenkins put in another good showing but was pipped to Man of the Match by Matt Ogley, the diminuitive midfielder walking tall amongst his peers, showing a wider range of passing alongside his usual comfort in possession and boundless energy.
The next three games could define the Reserve side’s reward come the end of the season as they first travel to University 4ths then away to Cullompton before hosting the students in the return game. Both sides sit above Town in the table, the Vikings having games in hand