Sidmouth Town win SWPL Div1 East Best Ground Award for the 3rd year in succession, a credit to everyone at the Club who is involved on a match day, and in particular Ken Mortimore for his immaculate pitch preparation.
Pictured below Colin Ralls receiving the award on behalf of the Club from David Bray Vice Chairman of the Cornwall County Football Association.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Monday 4th May
Just fifty two days ago Tavistock trooped off the Langsford Park pitch after losing to a last minute winner against Galmpton United and at that point in time if you said they would win all their remaining eleven games and pinch the East Division title on goal difference from Appledore on the final day the men in white coats would have probably been called. The Lambs run has been nothing short of remarkable and although it is a team game the signing of one player in March was the catalyst for nine clean sheets and that maximum point return with treble winning Plymouth Parkway Captain Will Stringer being the final bit of the jigsaw that complimented Kevin Hendy’s attacking play with a disciplined back five.
Going into the weekend Tavvy had to rely on a big favour from Crediton United and the result of the Lords Meadow club in North Devon created the slight ajar in the door and the West Devon side weren’t going to let their unexpected opportunity slip. Tavistock were nervous and Sidmouth certainly held their own and deserve credit for making sure the title had to be hard earned and not a ‘gimmie’ although Charlie Ledger in the away goal pulled off some excellent stops.
The first opening came on seventeen when Carlton Farnham skipped down the flank and pulled back to Kelvin Fyneboy who in turn set up Dan Follett but his shot crashed onto the cross bar from the edge of the box. In the next attack a corner from Dave Hallett was headed strongly goal bound by Stringer but Vikings defender Mike Pidgeon rose to head the ball on the line, up onto the crossbar before hoofing it to safety. Farnham then screwed a shot just wide of the post on thirty five followed five minutes later by another Hallet corner being met by Fyneboy and his header brought the best save of the match out of Ledger – diving full length to push the ball around the post. The deadlock breaker eventually arrived in first half stoppage time, a Hallett corner again was this time met by Chris Maskell and the much travelled midfielder stooped to send a low header past Ledger before being engulfed by his jubilant team mates. Half time 0-1
Sidmouth were disappointed to have conceded so late in the 1st half and felt that had they gone in 0-0 at the break it would have set up a fabulous 2nd half, however Tavvy’s late goal lifted a massive weight of their shoulders and they relaxed into the second period . For the second 45 Sidmouth introduced former Seaton Town Under 16’s skipper Ollie Binion for his debut replacing the injured Ashley Small on the right wing, 16 year old Binion put in a manly performance with his nonstop running and no-nonsense tackling that had the watching faithful wincing at times. Young Binion demonstrating that he is another one to watch-out for next season as Sidmouth will be seeking to build on their best ever South West Peninsula East Division finish and with the highest amount of points gained.
The killer goals and the title clinching efforts came in quick succession, on sixty three minutes Fyneboy played a precision cross to the back post and Josh Robbins swooped to head home and then on sixty eight Stuart Clarks fine through ball after an overzealous tackle on Sidmouth’s Aaron Doble that released Farnham and he arrowed a low shot into the far corner.
Sidmouth From: Ledger, Tyrer, Benyon, Newbery, Pidgeon, Cox, Doble (C), Rouse, Small, Pitter & Boyland. Used Sub Binion
Star Man Billy Rouse
Fresha Devon & Exeter League Div 2 Saturday 2nd May 2015
After winning all seven games in April, Sidmouth Town 2nds lost their first game of May and with it any slim chance of finishing top. That honour went to Upottery who only needed a point to claim their first League title.
The game hinged on five key moments, with none going in the Vikings favour. The first was a handball in the visitor’s penalty box that prevented Rich Johnson going through on goal. On a different day it could have been a penalty and red card and to compound their fortune they conceded ten minutes later after a missed interception left keeper Dec Lines exposed to give the visitors the lead. Not long before half time the next pivotal moment of the game saw Lines come racing off his line, in sweeper/keeper mode, only to be deceived by a wicked bounce and despite Andrew Lord’s valiant attempt the visiting striker shot into the unguarded net to double their lead.
The second half saw the Vikings stay in the game knowing a goal would put them back in contention. Both sides played their football but aside from a few routine duties for both keepers neither could fashion a clear opening. With twenty minutes to go Town got their beat chance when Will Jenkins ran onto a through-ball but shot straight at the keeper. As the hosts ramped up the pressure. Joe Gosse created an opportunity for himself after a clever bit of juggling only to blaze his volley over. With time running out Sidmouth risked more and lost, a swift break and clinical finish ending the game as a contest.
A good game with the Champions just having more of a cutting edge than their hosts. Mark Burdus picked up the Man of the Match honours but every one of the team gave their all, as they have done all season. The Vikings second string have one more game to play at home on Thursday night.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 2nd May
An astonishing nine goals were scored in the second half in South Devon as the home-side edged this terrific contest.
The flood gates opened on the 46th minute when Vikings skipper Aaron Doble found the net from twenty yards out, Doble struck a fabulous half Volley shot that curled passed former Torquay Utd Apprentice goalkeeper Aaron Ibbetson in the Teigns goal 0-1.
Ten minutes late Matt Eves levelled for Teignmouth, who then went in front six minutes later through Ryan Bush 2-1, before Cameron Vere equalised from a corner shortly afterwards 2-2. With twenty minutes remaining the Vikings Riki Pitter bravely challenged Ibbetson for a high ball, Pitter coming off better and slotted the loose ball home. 3-2. On the seventy fifth minute Sidmouth’s Ashley Small was tackled from behind in the box and the greens felt aggrieved that a penalty kick was not awarded.
The next goal was scored on the 80th minute by Adam Fay after initial good goal keeping by Charlie Ledger 3-3. On the eighty second minute Sidmouth thought they had won the game when Sidmouths top scorer Mark Pavey riffled home a thunderous volley from twenty five yards out 3-4. As the game entered the closing stages Teignmouth threw numbers forward and a succession of crossed balls into the box first enabled Isaac Reed to equalise and then deep into stoppage time Scott Baxter found the winner for the relieved Teigns who cemented a third placed league finish for the powerful South Devon outfit.
Full time 4-3
Sidmouth From: Ledger, Cox, Vere, Newberry, Pidgeon, Boyland, Small, Doble (C), Cooper, Pavey & Pitter: Used Subs De-Winton & Iddi