Sidmouth Town 3rds 2 Chagford 2nds 1

Fresha D&E League Div 8 Saturday 28th November 2015

Sidmouth 3rds returned to league action after their heroics the previous Saturday when they travelled to League 6’s Stoke Hill and knocked them out of the 3rd round of the Devon Intermediate Cup.

Sidmouth’s success in both of the local cup competitions meant that they were beginning to lose ground on the leaders in their league and on the face of it Chagford at home would represent a relatively straightforward 3 points. That sense of optimism was heightened by the fact that (unlike for the trip to Stoke Hill) Sidmouth were able to field close to a full strength squad. But on a bumpy pitch and in gusty wind Sidmouth struggled to find their normal passing rhythm against a team whose own passing & movement belied their relatively lowly league position. Sidmouth nevertheless fashioned a series of good openings with last year’s top scorer, Blake Blackwood, being denied by a number of excellent saves by the Chagford keeper. Then rather against the run of play a moment of indecision in the Sidmouth defence allowed Chagford to take the lead with a shot struck powerfully past the despairing dive of Adam Bartlett in the Sidmouth goal. When Brett Lines shot cannoned off the Chagford bar it really did look like Sidmouth were going to struggle to get back in to a game despite the number of goal scoring opportunities that they were creating. 

At half time Sidmouth’s manager Ian Peacock urged Sidmouth to up their work rate for the start of the 2nd half & Sidmouth duly obliged.  2 early goals took Sidmouth into the lead. The first was a smartly taken effort from team captain, Carl Baldwin, and that was followed by a thunderous drive from Richard Johnson. What Sidmouth desperately needed was a 3rd goal to give them breathing space. Sadly that 3rd goal would not come. One of the 3rds guiding principles is the need to give all the substitutes a good run out but on this occasion that approach seemed to lead to a loss of momentum for Sidmouth. So instead of extending their lead Chagford began to press for an equaliser. Indeed had it not been for a couple of outstanding saves from man of the match Adam Bartlett that equaliser would have surely arrived. With Sidmouth playing the final few minutes with just 10 men after an injury to James Hiscox Sidmouth were especially pleased to see out the game and secure the 3 points.

This weekend the 3rds host Newton St Cyres in the 4th round of the Devon Intermediate Cup.  Kicking off at Sidford at 2 pm.

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Wellington Town Res 0 Sidmouth Town Res 1

Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 28th November 2015

After gaining a valuable 3 points last week Sidmouth travelled across to Wellington on a wild and wet November day looking to revenge an early season mauling when we hosted Wellington in the reverse fixture, this was never going to be easy with the rain lashing and wind howling on a pitch that was never going to allow much passing football.

Sidmouth started well and controlled large spells of the first half creating numerous chances which we couldn’t quite find the decisive finish to take the lead but with the impressive Huw Johnson at the heart of the Sidmouth defence Wellington rarely looked like causing much threat. With the scores level at halftime the management and players all felt another solid performance and clinical finishing would secure the 3 points.

With one forced change at the break saw the introduction of Nicolas Gingell replacing Keiran Fayter- Small who was struggling with a recurring hamstring injury. Wellington had the better of early exchanges in the second half but with some good defending Sidmouth battled hard and repelled all of the host’s attacks. With 20 minute left and some heavy challenges flying In from both teams in the thickening mud Ferenc Bodor has won the game with a speculative shot from all of 30 yards which has left the keeper stranded as the ball has flown over his head and into the empty net taking his own tally to 9 for the season. Wellington came hard in the remaining minutes which produced some fine saves from Dec Lines on his return to 2nd team action, Sidmouth had a good chance to kill the game off late on but another chance went begging .

A good solid performance from the whole team which hopefully can be built on in the next few weeks as we try to push up the table.

 Man of the match: Huw Johnson

Sidmouth Town 3 – Okehampton Argyle 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 18th November

After last week’s disappointing cup exit the Vikings had four new signings in the squad that faced bottom of the league Okehampton Argyle.

Sidmouth started really well, with the swirling wind dictating the play.  Captain Ryan Davies was at the heart of everything good from the lively Vikings.  Sidmouth opened the scoring on the 15th minute a well worked corner routine was riffled home by debutant Dan Evans.  Evans scored his second on the half hour mark, after excellent work by Ashley Small.  Half time 2-0

Okehampton started the second half well and managed to pull a goal back when the number nine squeezed the ball home from a tight angle, 2-1.  It didn’t take Sidmouth long to restore a two goal cushion, again great work by Small setup Cameron Vere to score his fourteenth goal in all competitions. 

Small went on to miss a couple of good chances that nearly came back to haunt the young Vikings, as a defensive lapse by Tony Cox allowed Okehampton to score their second and with fifteen minutes remaining the back four of Sidmouth had to be resolute.  White, Wellman, Griffiths & Binion held firm and were relieved to hear the final whistle.

Sidmouth From: Bowring, Wellman, White, Griffiths, Binion, Small, Davies (C), Swingler, Evans, Burrows & Vere.  Used Subs: Baker, Hodgson & Cox

Sidmouth Town 2nds 5 Witheridge 2nds 2

Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 21st November

Town picked up three valuable points after a couple of weekends without a game due to the rain. On a superbly prepared pitch the Vikings were slow to grow into the game. Witheridge played a direct style of football with the long ball over the top catching a square Town defence out time and again. Within the first ten minutes the visitors scored twice as a dozy Vikings defence gifted them opportunities to wrap the game up early. With a few adjustments made and a few choice words exchanged the hosts started to play as they can. With Ferenc Bodor prominent in the Vikings revival. Will Jenkins, starting to show his ability, provided the finish to a great Bodor run and pull back. Within ten minutes Bodors shot was deflected in by Mike Stamp to draw level.

The second half saw Town play well and deservedly win but the score line was a touch flattering. Joe Miller slotted home, another player who is showing his quality at a tender age, Stamp added the fourth with a far post header and Rich Johnson finished the scoring off.

It was good to get back playing and also nice to have a strong squad. Local football is not what it was with player availability very much in decline. The Vikings get three sides out and it can be very tiresome at times to pick the seconds and thirds in particular. So a mention to Gary Bargery for his time and patience in dealing with this particular demand The Vikings Res next game is away to Wellington Res.

Tiverton Town 3, Sidmouth Town 2

 Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 31st October

Sidmouth Town travelled to Tiverton Town FC on Saturday with a clear game plan which was to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter attack.

As expected the unbeaten yellows started the game fast and had the lions’ share of possession, but lacked the quality to break down a very disciplined Sidmouth Town team.  On the 25th minute the visitors took the lead when they hit Tiverton with pace on the counter attack the impressive Ashley Small looped a wonderful header over the advancing Wannell in the home goal 0-1.  Tiverton looked completely bewildered and it was no surprise when Cameron Vere made a powerful run straight down the middle of the pitch bullying his way past the two centre backs and then bundled the ball past the advancing Wannell.  0-2.

The halftime whistle could not come quick enough for the unbeaten yellows as looked shell shocked and needed to regroup.

Half time 0-2

Tiverton started the half at a tremendous pace with Charlie Selley & Ethan Phillips pulling all the strings; however for all of their possession the home-side rarely troubled debutant Vikings goal keeper Ryan Smales, who was deputising for the unavailable Alex Bowring. 

Sidmouth were really unlucky not to have scored a third, Small again giving the back four of Tiverton nightmares with his pace and endless running.  Small jinxed his way past two defenders and saw his shot cleared of the line and out for a corner.

In the 70th minute Tiverton were given a massive lifeline,  front man Dave O’Connor received the ball in a clear offside position however Sidmouth’s linesperson failed to react and this forced Sidmouth’s experienced centre back Anthony Griffiths to pull O’Connor back.  The Vikings were expecting a free-kick for offside against Tiverton’s top scorer, however the referee sent Griffiths off and awarded Tiverton a penalty, O’Connor made no mistake with the spot kick and this gave the unbeaten home-side all the incentive they needed.

Sidmouth down to ten men were getting over run as the yellows were taking full advantage of Sidmouth’s misfortune and it was no surprise when Jonny Bradford equalised on the 80th minute.

Tiverton scored the winner on the 85th minute when Russell Coombes corner flew into the far top corner of the goal, Coombes himself admitted “I just tried putting the ball into an area”.

In the 88th minute things got a little heated with Sidmouth’s Ben Farrington clashing with Tiverton’s Bradford which resulted in a red card for the unfortunate Farrington.   

Sidmouth From: Smales, Farrington, Griffiths, Raistrick, Wellman, Dixon, Davies (C), Clenahan, Small, Pitter & Vere.  Used Subs: Swingler, Binion & White

Star man: Tyler Wellman

Upottery 7 Sidmouth Town 2nds 0

Fresha D&E League Division 1 Saturday 31st October

A lacklustre performance saw the Vikings second string defeated on Saturday, having made six changes the side played as you would imagine.

Only Mike Stamp and Kieran Fayter-Small emerged with any credit in an embarrassing effort which saw Town 3-0 down at Half-time.

The Vikings played well for fifteen minutes after the restart but Upottery increased their lead against the run of play and then turned the screw as Town surrendered.

Unavailability is killing the Club players need to prioritise their weekends, This week alone 28 players were unavailable for selection and no club can expect to prosper in that scenario.