Sidmouth Town Res 1 Wellington Res 4

Fresha D&E League Division 1 Saturday 24th October

The Vikings second string lost at home on Saturday. Again player unavailability prevented Town from fielding a stronger side. Against the run of play the Vikings fell behind on fifteen minutes. Liam Morrish levelled the score ten minutes later but a defensive lapse saw the Somerset side take the lead into the interval.

Town were forced into a change as the ever dependable Mike Stamp had to leave the field. Joe Miller twice went close and Rich Johnson failed to find the target when well placed as Town fought to level the tie. A wind assisted effort deceived Adam Bartlett to effectively end the contest and the fourth goal was added as a dejected Reserve side dropped points for the second week running

We have an unprecedented amount of injuries within the club. Added to that players are not available for various reasons and the managers hands from all three sides are tied.

Next up is an away game at Upottery 2-15 KO

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Totnes & Dartington 4 – Sidmouth Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 17th October

Poor finishing and individual defensive errors cost the Vikings dearly, losing to a very average T&D side.  The Vikings welcomed back Alex Raistrick & Antony Griffiths, but sorely missed defender Jamie Newbery who was on Devon County U18 duty.

Sidmouth should have taken the lead inside the 1st fifteen minutes when Cameron Vere was played in by Riki Pitter, Vere with just the keeper to beat hit the post, Vere also missed another great opportunity on the 18th minute, from eight yards out with the goal at his mercy Vere placed the ball goal wards which was gratefully blocked by the T&D gloves man.   In the 25th minute T&D’s George Savva headed home a corner at the far post, Savva completely unmarked.  T&D scored their second on the 40th minute this time Sidmouth’s Kieran White miss timed his clearance allowing Charlie Johansson a simple opportunity to beat Bowring in the Vikings goal.

Sidmouth changed their formation at Halftime and brought on the energetic Tyler Wellman, this seemed to be paying off as Sidmouth had T&D pinned back in their own half for large spells.  On a rare attack white again was left wanting for the third goal, the normally steady defender miss judged the bounce of the ball which allowed Myles Chalcraft to calmly head past Bowring 0-3.  Sidmouth went back on the attack and scored in on the 60th minute, 16yr old Wellman powerfully heading home from an Ashley Small cross, Six footer Wellman delighted to score his first senior goal.  On the 70th minute Pitter was bundled over in the penalty area, this seemed to be a routine decision for the match official but he awarded a goal kick instead of spot kick.  Another Johansson goal on the 80th minute ended Sidmouth’s fight back.  However Pitter did manage to find the net on the 85th minute with a typically powerful drive.

Sidmouth From: Bowring, Binion, White, Newbery, Cox, Swingler, Davies (C), Raistrick, Small, Vere & Pitter:  Used Subs Morrish, J.Gosse & Wellman

Man of the Match Ollie Binion

Sidmouth Town Res 3 Alphington Res 3

Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 17th October

The Vikings second team salvaged a point with a minute to spare. Against a spirited Alphas side it was Rich Johnson who provided the opening goal with a well-executed right footed lob over the stranded keeper. Then Town decided to take a step back giving the away side the opportunity to claw their way back into the game in twenty awful minutes Town conceded three goals and looked a shambles.

A few choice words were exchanged at the interval and a reaction was needed. To be honest a reaction was delivered as the Vikings dominated the second half. Johnson added a second and Jake Sellick grabbed the equaliser and salvaged a point.

Next week sees the 2nd team at home to Wellington.

Kingsteignton 0 Sidmouth Town 2

Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup Saturday 10th October

Sidmouth played away at Kingsteignton in the Devon premiere cup and although impressed with the facility’s found a very small pitch. Playing up the slope unsurprisingly Kingsteignton attacked the young Vikings defence, Sidmouth tried to play their passing game but, with the small pitch it was difficult to get any fluency. Sidmouth forced a couple of corners which came to nothing but took the lead when Rikki Pitter found some space in the box to fire home. Kingsteignton hit back and forced keeper Alex Bowring into a good save. Sidmouth scored their second goal with route one from Bowring’s long punt which found Cameron Vere nipping in front of the keeper to head home. Sidmouth should have gone further ahead when Tony Cox was flattened in the box but Pitter’s penalty was saved by the home sides glovesman. A couple more chances were missed and Sidmouth went into the halftime break two goals up.

The second half saw Kingsteignton playing down the slope and they came at Sidmouth but with Kieran White and Jamie Newbery snuffing out the attacks Sidmouth started to relax and tried to play football but were stopped by some crude tackles. Vere went on a run which took him past 3 defenders and just as he was about to shoot had his legs taken out from under him but no penalty was given. The outstanding Ryan Davies then put Ashley Small through but the keeper saved and then Davies got on the end of a Pitter cross but it was cleared off the line. In the last ten minutes Kingsteignton launched a wave of attacks but, White, Newbery, and Ollie Binion stood firm. A good performance against a physical team with man of the match Ryan Davies.

Congratulations to 17 year old Jamie Newbery for his selection for the u18s squad for this weekend’s Devon game against Cornwall at Newton abbot.

Amory Park Rangers 1 Sidmouth Town 2nds 0

Devon Senior Cup Saturday 10th October

Town exited the Devon Senior Cup at the lower league Tiverton based sides hands. In what was an embarrassing performance in which only four players could hold their heads up and feel they gave everything. Adam Bartlett was the Man of the Match saving Town from a humiliating score line that could of been at least five nil.  It is difficult to add anything else on what was a disappointing day for all involved.

Next week Town Res are home to Alphington Res 3 pm ko.

Sidmouth Town 7 Liverton 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 3rd October

Sidmouth played host to second from bottom Liverton in a must win game and, started the brighter side. With skipper Ryan Davies and Billy Rouse taking control of the midfield Sidmouth created chances and it was no surprise when Cameron Vere was played in and opened the scoring with a shot into the corner. Midway through the half and on a rare attack at goal Sidmouth were taken aback when Liverton equalised with a great shot from 25 yards in off the post. Sidmouth regained the lead with a Rikki Pitter header the result of a good cross from the left wing.

Halftime arrived with the score at 2-1 but the second half saw Sidmouth blitz ahead with 3 goals in 15 minutes one from Vere and two great strikes from Rouse. The pairing of veteran Anthony Griffiths and 17yr old Jamie Newbery brought stability and well timed tackles to the defence, however Liverton pulled one back, and almost scored again before Sidmouth were awarded a very soft penalty which Vere tucked away to complete his hat trick. Many chances were missed before Pitter scored his second and Sidmouth’s seventh. A good all round performance with the standout player Connor Swingler who was a constant thorn in the Liverton side.

Bickleigh 1 Sidmouth Town 2nds 2

East Devon Senior Cup Round 2 Saturday 3rd October

On a glorious October afternoon we travelled to face Bickleigh for the second time this season, the first game ending in a 3-0 Sidmouth win but this wouldn’t be a stroll in the park with Bickleigh presently sitting joint top of division 1. Sidmouth with our seemingly normal 5 changes from the previous week we’re welcoming back Michael Stamp for his first outing of the season plus Tyler Wellman, Joe Miller from the 1st team squad and Mark Burdas and Nicholas Gingell from holidays and weddings .

With the game under way a few minutes late the sun beating on a well prepared Bickleigh pitch , with not many clear cut chances in the early exchanges Bickleigh started to get slightly on top with Sidmouth giving away possession far too cheaply and not competing strongly enough in the tackles , the hosts put themselves into a deserved 1-0 lead with a header leaving young Bartlett in goal no chance , the first half finishing controversy when Joe Gosse latched on to a through ball , touched it round the keeper on the edge of the box only to be taken out waist high by the aforementioned keeper , Gosse’s next touch would have  been to  roll the ball in an empty net had he been allowed to continue , the referee brandished a yellow card to the Bickleigh glovesman much to the disbelief of all the Viking squad , the reckless challenge alone was worthy of a red as he’s stopped a clear goal scoring opportunity.

After a positive halftime chat addressing where we were losing the game the Vikings retuned to the pitch having made a pre match planned substitution which saw Ben Gosse replace Stamp to protect a damaged calf muscle, with the second half in full flow Tyler Wellman was becoming more and more effective in the centre of the park comfortably winning the aerial battle and ended up with a much deserved man of the match. Ferenc Bodor finished a nice Sidmouth move smashing home from 8 yards to level the scores, the game was now finally balanced with 25 minutes to play Adam Bartlett the young Viking’s keeper was called into action with a fine block as the Bickleigh target man was sent through. Jake Sellick was introduced to lead the line for the remainder of the game and linked up well with Gosse and Bodor who took his second well with a shot into the corner of the Bickleigh net.

The Vikings dug in and battled hard to sniff out any threat the hosts could muster in the remaining minutes, a pleasing win and great response at halftime.

Cup action again next week with an away tie against Amory Park Rangers in the Devon Senior Cup