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.