Sidmouth Town 1 – Galmpton United 1

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 28th March

A well deserved stoppage time equaliser at Manstone Lane gave the home-side a share of the spoils against the visitors, who had started the day at the top of the league.

With Darren Thomas, Mark Burdus, Ashley Small, Captain Aaron Doble and Jake Boyland all missing, the Vikings called up second team players Damien Armes, Matt Colson, Will Jenkins, seasoned campaigner Antony Griffiths, and youngster Olly Binion. Having defeated two of their title rivals in their last two games the in-form visitors found the home side in defiant mood and were unable to break down a resolute defence of Mike Pidgeon, Jamie Newbery, Antony Griffiths and Cameron Vere. The visitors had the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but failed to trouble Robbie Powell in the Vikings goal. Sidmouth remained well organised and disciplined and always looked to hit the visitors on the break at pace.   With either side creating any clear cut chances, Sidmouth went in at halftime the happier of the two sides as their game plan to frustrate the visitors by denying them time and space was clearly working and Galmpton desperately needed to find a plan b, if they were to remain top of the league by 5pm.

Sidmouth had hoped that for the second half the league leaders would become nervy and start opening up a little and perhaps leave some holes in the defence for Pavey, Pitter, Cox & Jenkins to exploit.  However, all of the great first half work from the Vikings was undone inside the 1st 10 minutes of the re-start, Galmptons Dan Rankin picked up on a poor Clearance by Vere and slotted well passed Powell. To Sidmouth’s credit they did not lose any of their believe and this was mainly down to Jordon Cooper & Gary Dixon who worked tirelessly in midfield ensuring that Galmpton would not over run them and take control of the game. On the 70th minute the Vikings should have been level.  Mark Pavey missed a gilt edge chance, the fleet footed forward found himself unmarked 12 yards out from goal but unfortunately headed over the cross-bar with just the goal keeper to beat.  The Vikings kept believing that they would get another chance and by now were on the front foot as the visitors were getting pinned back in their half as full-backs Pidgeon and Newbery were marauding up and down the flanks.

The all important chance fell on the 91st minute.  The young Vikings were awarded a free kick 25 yards out from goal, the all important task of delivering a great ball in fell to Tony Cox, Cox whipped in a terrific ball into the box which found 16 year old Jamie Newbery at the far post, Newbery powerfully headed a goal bound effort, even though the visiting custodian got his hands to the ball, the sheer power of the header prevented him from being able to keep the ball out of the goal.  The goal was Newbery’s first senior goal but more importantly it was a just reward for a professional performance from a well organised and disciplined Sidmouth team.

Final Score 1-1

Sidmouth from: Powell, Newbery, Vere (c), Griffiths, Pidgeon, Cox, Dixon, Cooper, Pavey, Jenkins & Pitter. Used sub: Armes.  Unused Subs: Colson & Binion.

Star Man
Antony Griffiths

 

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Newton Poppleford 1 Sidmouth Town 2nds 6

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 2 Saturday 28th March 2015

 The first league meeting of these sides since the 80’s, ended in a comprehensive victory for a depleted Vikings reserves. Credit must go to the plucky Popples who kept going for the full 90 despite the average age rising with every substitution they made.

Rich Johnson broke the deadlock after five minutes, instinctively firing home from just inside box and within minutes Aidy Parr doubled the advantage with a well taken goal. And it was Parr’s cross that was diverted into the net by the home defence to give the visitors a comfortable lead they should have added to before the break. Only a smart stop from keeper Dec Lines prevented the Popples from getting on the scoreboard as the score remained 3-0 to the visitors at the break.

Newton upped their game for the opening quarter of the second half but T own’s defence dealt with the pressure before Matt Ogley provided the pass of the game to set Parr en route to goal rounding the keeper and then another defender for good measure to notch his second and end the game as a contest. Substitute Blake Blackwood, on for the yet again injured James Hiscox was the next to get on the score sheet and probably should have claimed a hat-trick as along with Parr and Johnson spurned a number of chances that should have led to a double-figure score. As if to compound the profligacy at one end, Sidmouth completely switched off at the other allowing the Popples a consolation before Man of the Match Parr completed his treble to wrap up the scoring. Credit due to a battling Newton Popp who kept going for the duration despite their average age rising with every substitution they made.

The Vikings now have a run of home games that will see them play 9 games in April starting with Halwiil at home this Sat 3 pm ko

Sidmouth Town 3rd Team March Review

Sidmouth Towns 3rd team would have looked at their March fixtures with a
good deal of concern. 3 away games on the trot followed by a cup game at
home to a team several leagues higher than them. A challenging month
certainly looked to be in prospect. Having established the 3rd team as a means of ensuring that the area’s young players had a route through to adult football 3rd team manager Ian Peacock has been thrilled to see so many of his initial squad work their way through to the 1st and 2nd team already. But there was still a risk that those still playing for the 3rds would struggle. So the March fixture list would present a proper test of their abilities.

The month began with an away trip to Bickleigh. The match marked a second
outing of the season for Gary Bargery who expertly led the Sidmouth front
line while frightening the Bickleigh defence who were heard to question
whether he was Peter Crouch’s big brother? But just like Crouch Gary’s real
talent lies in a deft touch which he used to great effect when galvanising
the Sidmouth attack into one of their best performances of the season.
Indeed Sidmouth ended the game having scored 5 excellent goals while
spurning a number of further good chances.The game was also notable for a debut in adult football for Tim Jones who greatly impressed despite playing in an unaccustomed right back position. One of those to benefit from Gary’s efforts was man of the match Joe Gosse. Although Sidmouth were to run out comfortable 5-1 winners the only blot was late consolation goal for Bickleigh which followed almost immediately after the Manager’s rash decision to bring himself off the bench

Although such a comfortable away victory at Bickleigh was a great start to
the month next up was a daunting away trip to league leaders Wellington. The
3rds made their trip without their Manager or Assistant Manager. And without
the 3rds normal keeper Adam Bartlett or midfield lynchpin Sam Marriott whose
fine recent form was being rewarded with an outing for the 2nds.
Thankfully team captain James Hiscox and Alan Rowe stepped into the breach.
And what a job they did in leading the team to a scarcely believable 4-3
victory away to the league leaders. With standout performances from James
Pearse. And 16 year old debutant Al Forsyth who played in an unaccustomed
midfield position. After which the team were reported to be quite literally
“buzzing”.

But despite the return of the 3rd team management namely the “brains trust”
of Peacock and Nicolle the chances of scaling similar heights the following
Saturday seemed remote as the 3rds travelled to the leagues other standout
team at Culm. Culm had already won 17 of their 18 games including all of
their home games. So how could they possibly lose to a bunch of young
upstarts?

Well Sidmouth began brightly playing some lovely possession football and
were soon causing some early dissent in the Culm ranks who had clearly
expected the game to be the usual formality. Things then improved further
for the visitors when Mark Pavey (who had kindly agreed with Tony Cox to
help out the youngsters for the day) fired in an unstoppable shot to give
the 3rds a deserved lead. Sidmouth continued to look good value for their lead until a rocket from distance gave Adam Bartlett in the Sidmouth goal absolutely no chance. Management half feared that the Culm equaliser would rock the Sidmouth players belief but not a bit of it. The defence continued to hold firm and
,in truth, the Sidmouth keeper was scarcely troubled all afternoon. As the
clock clicked down Al Forsyth (the Sidmouth man of the match on the day)
played a wonderful through ball which Pavey raced on to before rounding the
keeper and restoring the Sidmouth lead.

The debate about whether the victory over Wellington or Culm was the better
continues to rage!

The following day the 3rds hosted Dunkeswell Rovers in the Golesworthy Cup.
Dunkeswell play several leagues higher but for 90 minutes of normal time the
neutral observer would have never guessed it. Despite conceding a soft goal
within the first 10 seconds Sidmouth worked their way back into the match
impressively. By half time Sidmouth were 2-1 ahead after a wonderfully
worked goal following a Pearse cross, a Gosse lay off and a Blackwood
volley. As full time loomed Sidmouth led again after a typically scrambled goal from man of the match on the day Dan Corrick. But with 5 minutes to go Dunkeswell equalised. With no substitutes (because of the restrictive competition rules) and a tough game the previous day the warm weather began to really take its toll on the Sidmouth players who were not able to raise their game again. So Dunkeswell ran out as slightly fortunate (per their managements) 5-3
winners.

Despite the cup disappointment March has ended with an impressive run
of league away victories that have seen the 3rd team rise to 4th in the
table in a season which, for most of the team, has marked their first taste
of adults football. The 3rds now have a 3 week break but will look to
continue their good league form away in Exeter on 11 April.

 

 

Sidmouth Town 2nds 7 Topsham Town 2nds 0

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 2 Saturday 21st March 2015

Anyone arriving a little late to Manstone Rec missed the rampant Vikings strike-force win this match with less than ten minutes on the clock. Firstly Borja Andrade continued his rise to prominence, opening the scoring after two minutes with a fine strike. Minutes later Jake Boyland doubled and then trebled the lead, racing away from the visiting defence before finishing clinically on both occasions. Then in the eighth minute Rikki Pitter, on his fourteenth appearance for the Vikings second string, notched his 16th goal, a cheeky back-heel after good work from Tim Lister. As the Tops defence re-organised themselves the next half hour remained goal-less, Sidmouth guilty of stopping  playing. Boyland thriving in the space afforded him, completed his hat-trick before the half time whistle for a 5-0 lead.

The second half saw the defence untroubled but the hosts over-egged the pudding in the final third and could not add to the score-line until  Man of the Match Boyland scored his fourth and Pitter  wrapped up proceedings rifling home his second. A solid performance at the back, good performances from Lister and Andrade on the flanks and a promising game from 16 year-old Joe Miller.

 

Bill Slee Cup Quarter-Final Sunday 22nd March 2015

Sidmouth Town 2nds 2 Langdon 2 AET (2-4 pens)

 

A bare 12 players were all this patched-up second-string could muster due to unavailability and ineligibility. Langdon hail from Dawlish and play in Div 4 and were much the livelier in the first half of the game. Although unfamiliar in personnel and shape, it was the home sides sloppy approach to defending the long ball and blunt attack that saw them trail by two goals at the break.

After a stern reminder from coach Jason Stiling of what we were giving our Sunday afternoon up for, the Vikings resumed with more endeavour but not much more quality. The few occasions the hosts opened up the visiting defence they were thwarted by Langdon’s most influential player, their adolescent linesman. Adrian Parr evaded the flag to give Town a lifeline, calmly lobbing the keeper. Having played on for the cause, the relentless Mike Stamp left the field, later finding he had  suspected torn ligaments. He was replaced by manager Hudson and within minutes he bundled Parr’s cross in for the equaliser to send the sides into extra-time. Tired legs could not fashion a winner from either side, and so to penalties. Two fluffed spot-kicks by two of the Vikings better performers sealed their exit and ends any chance of silverware this season. A disappointing end to an opportunity missed.

 

This Saturday  Town’s 2nds travel to neighbours Newton Poppleford

 

Upottery 6 – Sidmouth Town 3

Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 2 Saturday 14th March 2015

After last week’s uninspiring bore-draw away to Dawlish who provided no hot showers, no food and a pitch poached by cattle. Town’s Reserves headed to Glebe Park home of the likely Division 2 champs, Upottery. With regular keeper Dec Lines on first-team duties another of the talented 16 year-olds in their first season of senior football, goalkeeper Adam Bartlett, was given his 2nd team debut. He was joined by midfielder Sam Mariot also making his bow at this level Against a side that have scored the most goals in the division, the Vikings knew that staying in the game was the order of the day. Unfortunately a first half of indecision and lack of concentration, coupled with the hosts confidence and finishing power, saw Town staring into the abyss as they trailed four goals to nil at the break. Not that the score-line painted the whole picture as the visitors created enough opportunities, Aidy Parr threatening the home goal and a stonewall penalty (and possible red card) not given by the unsighted and otherwise excellent referee.

With the emphasis on the positives from the half and a reminder of the team ethos and spirit with which this club plays, the Vikings set about salvaging something from the game. From the first whistle it was a different game with the visitors exerting the pressure. Parr on one side and Borja Andrade on the other, running their full-backs ragged. And it was Parr who crossed for Andrade to head home for his first goal in English football and throw the Vikings a lifeline. With the added belief Sidmouth forced  their  hosts, who were only now threatening on the break, and when Will ‘Rip van Winkle ‘ Jenkins volleyed speculatively at goal, Rich Johnson diverted the ball beyond the home custodian to break his goal-drought.  Now the Vikings knew they were still in the game but an uncharacteristic miss-match from the Sidmouth defence allowed the lanky home winger a simple header to restore their 3 goal advantage.Back came the Town forcing a melee in the Upottery box that let Andrade score his second, the Spaniard forcing over from close range, to make the score 5-3 to the hosts. Right-winger Tim Lister playing in an unaccustomed left-back role began to link with Jenkins and Marriot, the youngsters showing maturity and confidence whilst old hands Anthony Griffiths and Jean-Paul Stanniforth instilled the drive and desire in the team. Damien Armes came off the bench to make his return to the field after surgery, replacing Ben Squance who was having a ‘Johnson’.

The last ten minutes Sidmouth pushed higher up the pitch leaving themselves susceptible to being caught and they duly were, a swift break and pinpoint centre finished without fuss which saw the hosts to their reward.

With one point from their last four games the Vikings second string have fallen off the pace for a top- three finish however there was much to be pleased with in this game. Adam Bartlett in the Sidmouth goal performed beyond his years and stature and in his fellow debutant Sam Marriot earned himself the Man of the Match award showing great strength, guile and composure. Also, the character shown and the manner in which the players conduct themselves make them a credit to the club. After two weeks on the road and a glimpse of the future’ Village League’, the Reserves return home Saturday to host Topsham Town 2nds, in a league fixture. On Sunday they also play host to Langdon in a Bill Slee Cup quarter-final, 2pm KO

Sidmouth Town 2 – Teignmouth 8

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 14th March

Sam Chapman scored four goals as  the league leaders struck a late flurry of goals at Manstone lane to make the score line horrible reading for the Vikings.  For most of the this game it was an even contest, with Chapman scoring from a thunderous strike inside the 1st ten minutes.  Chapman’s effort was cancelled out by the inform Riki Pitter on the 20th minute.  A very good passing move from Teignmouth setup Matt Eaves to restore the lead and take the Teigns into the break 2-1 up.

The Vikings changed their formation at half time and introduced local teenager Joe Miller who replaced another teenager the industrious Matt Ogley.  On the 67th minute Sidmouth’s Captain Aaron Doble’s free-kick found the net after rebounding of the Liam Jones in the visitors goal, 2-2. The game remained level until the 70th minute when Adam Fay picked up the ball 20 yards out from goal and hit an unstoppable effort past the impressive Dec Lines in the home goal.  Teignmouth scored a fourth on the 80th minute through Ryan Bush and the then the flood gates opened.  The Vikings had to gamble and pushed centre back Cameron Vere up front with Jake Boyland making way, substitute Mike Pidgeon slotted in at Centre back alongside Jamie Newbery & Mark Burdus.  Pidgeons first challenge of the game was harshly deemed to be a foul inside the 18 yard box against the lively Bush.  Player manager Geoff Breslan took the spot kick slotting passed the rooted Lines in goal. 2-5.  By now Sidmouth had nothing left to offer and Teignmouth smelt blood and gave a master-class in finishing with Chapman scoring an additional three goals.

Sidmouth went into this game with Darren Thomas, Jordon Cooper, Matt Slark & Ashley Small all unavailable.  For 70 minutes the young Vikings gave a very good account of themselves.  With no fixture next Saturday, this will give some of the injured players additional recovery time in the hope that the Vikings can be as strong as possible for the home game on the 28th March against Galmpton.

Sidmouth From: Lines, Newbery, Vere, Burdus, Cox, Boyland, Ogley, Doble (C), Dixon, Pavey & Pitter.  Used Subs: Miller, Pidgeon. Unused: Thomas.

Star man Dec Lines

Brixham AFC 0 – Sidmouth Town 1

  Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 7th March

Sidmouth knew that they had to be well organised and disciplined against their well drilled South Devon rivals.  The blues had the lion’s share of the possession in the first half which saw the Vikings having to change formation inside the first 20 minutes to deal with the industrious home-sides midfield.  Cameron Vere was moved into the Vikings midfield to provide some presence along-side Aaron Doble and Jordon Cooper.  Sidmouth remained organised and dealt with any attacks professionally with Billy Rouse, Jamie Newbery, Mark Burdus & Darren Thomas perfectly demonstrating the art of defending.For the Vikings Tony Cox was a constant threat on the counter attack and on the 35th minute Vere received the ball 25 yards out and instinctively spun letting loose a terrific strike that narrowly went wide with the giant Brixham gloves man rooted to the spot.

Half-time 0-0      

The second half saw Sidmouth raising their game, particularly winger Mark Pavey who seemed to be in the mood for it and was a causing Brixham all kinds of problems, clearly the only way they felt they could stop the Vikings top scorer was to foul him, this plan would later be their undoing….. By the 55th minute Sidmouth were starting to get a foot hold on the game with Cooper, Vere & Doble winning the midfield battle.  The Blues were looking very predictable and seemed a litte shocked as to just how much better the Vikings were in the second half.  On the 60th minute Sidmouth were unlucky not to have scored, after Brixham cleared a ball  that was crossed into the penalty area by Cox the clearance fell to Vere 18 yards out from goal, Vere chipped the home goal keeper and just as the ball was to cross the goal line it was headed onto the cross bar and out for a corner by a terrific recovery from a Brixham defender. On the 70th minute Vere picked up the ball 30 yards out, jinxed passed two Brixham players then played in Pavey, who ran at the home-sides left back and just as Pavey was about to pull the trigger, he was crudely hauled down inside the area which resulted in a spot-kick.  Captain Aaron Doble placed the ball on the spot and smashed the ball past the home custodian 0-1.  The blues now resulted to long ball tactics, but found the Visitors organised and well-disciplined. On the 80th minute the Vikings nearly found the net again this time Riki Pitter’s effort had beaten the home keeper but yet again a terrific recovery from a Brixham defender enabled him to  head the ball off the goal line and out for another corner.  Sidmouth kept the ball well and saw out the remaining minutes with relative ease retaining possession and to their credit executing the game plan.

Final Score 0-1

Sidmouth From: Slark, Rouse, Newbery, Burdus, Thomas, Pavey, Doble (C), Cooper, Cox, Vere & Pitter.  Used Subs: Boyland & Ogley: Unused Iddi.

Star Man Mark Burdus