Carlsberg SW Peninsula League Division 1 East Tuesday 25th August
Sidmouth played hosts to local rivals Axminster and with both sets of players slipping on a greasy but firm surface the Tigers had the best of the early exchanges. Sidmouth gradually came into the game with Ash Small delivering a ball that nearly found Riki Pitter. Mark Pavey then had a first time shot that was pushed over the bar. Towns back four were being tested by the lively opposing forwards but when a Matt Clenahan tackle fell to an attacker, the ball was tucked away. 0-1. This should have stirred Sidmouth but Axe were the more aggressive and more up for the occasion and could have scored a couple more but for the alertness of Jamie Newbery. Half time arrived with Axe leading 0-1.
After the break, Sid had an early chance to level things up through a strike from Aaron Doble that cannoned off the inside of the post. Sidmouth continued to press and Cameron Vere was presented with a chance that he skilfully tucked away into the corner. 1-1. Sidmouth were now on top and created further chances with well-placed Doble shooting just over. On a rare ball into the Sid half, Tony Cox gifted the Axe forward the ball through a shocking back pass which he gleefully tucked away. 1-2 this knocked Sidmouth off their stride but they managed to compose themselves to create numerous chances with sub Ferenc Bodor shooting over from six yards. Jake Boyland then hit the post and, from a corner, Ryan Davies had a header turned away by the visitor’s goalkeeper. In the final moments Kieran White shot at the keeper when well placed. A disappointing performance against a poor Axminster side who showed more determination in the first half. Poor finishing and suicidal defending from Cox cost Sidmouth further points.
Man of the match Jamie Newbery.
Fresha D&E League Division 1 Saturday 22nd August
The first game of the season saw newly promoted Town host their Mid Devon visitors. With a strengthened side due to no first team game the Vikings dominated a fluent and entertaining first half. With Jake Boyland pulling the strings in ‘the hole’ it was the Vikings who settled into a good rhythm playing some good football which was good to watch. Ferenc Bodor was keeping the width to the home sides play and was terrorising the visiting defence.
Bodor, Boyland and Cameron Vere, playing as a striker, were playing combinations that bought a lot of chances but unfortunately no reward. Joe Miller and Ben Newman were probing away in a busy midfield and the defence looked strong with Jamie Newbery showing natural ability to snuff out any threat that the visitors could muster. On the half hour mark the Vikings went ahead when after good work from Boyland And Bodor it was left to Vere to cleverly lose his marker and finish with a deflected low drive. Perseverance was the key for the highly rated Vere as he kept his composure after squandering some good openings. Within ten minutes the home side doubled their lead with Bodor outpacing the defence and scoring with a fiercely struck shot giving the keeper little chance.
On leaving the pitch at half time thunder and lightning was looming so an extended break seemed to affect the home side as the second half was a timid affair from the Vikings. Credit must go to Bickleigh who certainly were not going to hand the home side three point on a plate. Nervous defending and poor ball retention gave the visitors the upper hand for large parts of the second half. Town managed to keep the attacks at bay but a general sloppy attitude was making it a tough end to the game. With a couple of substitutions made it was the ever dependable Greg Chaplin who showed just what was needed with a precise easy ball down the flank for Jamal Iddi to centre for the on rushing Vere to hammer the ball home and out the result beyond all doubt.
The new management team of Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas were delighted to get off to a winning start in what will be a tough league. Boyland and Miller both were excellent. With a lot of injuries affecting the line up, I’m sure that when all the squad are fit and available then it can be a competitive season for the Viking second string.
Next Saturday sees no game for the Reserves, their next game is a tough East Devon Senior Cup match away at Bow FC on Saturday 5th September .
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Monday 17th August
Monday gave Sidmouth the chance to put the disappointment of Saturdays defeat behind them when they travelled to Exeter University. Sidmouth had a dream start when Ashley Small went down the wing and his cross was headed in off the bar by Cameron Vere after just 17 seconds. 0-1.
Sidmouth found conditions more favourable since the pitch suited their slick passing game. Sidmouth continued their free flowing play with debutant Ryan Davies pulling the strings in the middle of the park but they lacked the final killer ball. Uni, well known for their fitness and skilful play, came back into the game but the young Viking defence held firm. Uni had a clear cut chance to level things up but Jamie Newbery athletically blocked the shot with a diving header. Mid-way through the half another great cross from Small was fired home at the back post by Vere to give Sidmouth a two goal lead. 0-2. Sidmouth created many chances before the end of the half but went in just two goals in front to the relief of the uni team.
Second half Sidmouth continued, and with the front line of Vere, Mark Pavey and Pitter, caused the home defence numerous problems. Uni began to maintain possession and as a result the midfield dropped deeper to deal with the opposing threat. From a Uni corner, Sidmouth broke away and were controversially awarded a penalty when Small admitted his legs had ‘turned to jelly’. Pitter tucked away the resulting penalty. 3-0. Uni pressed hard in the last ten minutes but the team held firm to keep a clean sheet and record an impressive victory. Man of the Match Ashley Small.
Report by P Newbery
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 15th August
Sidmouth played their first away game at title contenders Teignmouth and suffered an injury blow before the game when 17 year old debutant keeper Adam Bartlett twisted his ankle in the warm-up. Bartlett started the game and was clearly hampered but managed a fine save in early stages. The pitch clearly prevented Sidmouth from playing their passing football but town were containing the lively Teignmouth forwards. Then, under no pressure, a mistake by Tony cox let in the Teign forward and his shot crept in at the near post. 1-0. This clearly affected Sidmouth as their heads went down but they created some chances when Ashley Small shot wide when he could have done better. Sidmouth conceded a cheap free-kick just outside the box which was converted by former Exeter city player Breslin. 2-0. Sidmouth created a couple more chances but as half time arrived rued both missed chances and mistakes to go in 2-0 down.
The second half started with an instant chance for Sidmouth to half the deficit when Cameron Vere bore down on goal and, with just the keeper to beat, shot well wide. Sidmouth continued to press forward with hard working Small and Aaron Doble taking control of the midfield. Full-back Kieran White and sub Ferenc Bodor were marauding down the flanks creating problems for the home defence. From a resulting cross by Bodor, Riki Pitter held off his marker to score. 2-1. Sidmouth then spurned a few more chances with Vere the culprit once more. Sidmouths defence dealt with the opposing teams forwards, restricting them to half chances but shot themselves in the foot when cox and Matt Clenahan combined to gift Teignmouth their third goal. 3-1. Teignmouth finished the game 3-1 winners but could count on the generosity from Sidmouth who, on a better day, could easily have scored five or six goals. Man of the Match Kieran White.
Report by P Newbery
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 8th August
Sidmouth started their South West Peninsula league campaign with a home game against Alphinton FC and, after a good pre-season, expectations were high. Sidmouth started the match with a high tempo and soon a rasping shot from Cameron Vere just crept over the bar. Sidmouth wingers Jake Boyland and Mark Pavey gave the opposing full backs a torrid time all day and it was Pavey that set up the opener, his cross on the 15th minute was chested home from 6 yards out by Riki Pitter. 1-0. Boyland could have had a couple of goals himself but his chances were saved by Jack McAndrews in the Chronicles goal.
Sidmouth went 2-0 up in the 30th minute when Vere broke away and his firm cross was turned into the net by an Alphas defender. Sidmouths new look young defence kept the experienced Alphinton forwards quiet although when they did put the ball into the net, it was ruled out for off-side. Just before the break, Boyland had another chance but his shot went just past the post. The second half saw Alphinton start the better and were pushing for a goal but the well organised Vikings defence, defended well and also needed Bowring in goal to be at his best saving well from Alphington’s Densham on several occasions. Sidmouth got the important third goal on the 60th minute when skipper Aaron Doble sent Pitter away and his drive into the box and consequent shot was saved by keeper McAndrews, but the rebound came back to him and this time he made no mistake. 3-0. Alphinton were stung into action and hit back immediately when Sidmouth switched off from a free kick and after debutant keeper Alex Bowring made three point blank saves and young centre back Jamie Newbery made a block on the line the ball was forced home. 3-1. Sidmouth came back and had a great chance but Vere missed from eight yards. The last fifteen minutes, Alphinton pressed for their second but Sidmouth held firm.