Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 12th December 2015
The Vikings welcomed champions elect Tiverton Town Res to Manstone Road. The home side were well disciplined and organised and clearly set up to frustrate the yellows. For all their possession Tivvy struggled to breakdown a solid home side.
The Vikings had the first chance of the game when Keeper John Wannell dropped a routine cross, luckily for the former Exeter City trainee the ball hit Cameron Vere who was 4 yards out from the goal line, the ball agonisingly trickled out for a goal kick. It took Tiverton 30 minutes to break the Vikings down. After a blistering run down the right wing by former Taunton Town winger Khal Badavi, Badavi drilled in a fabulous cross that was met by the on rushing Luke Mortimer who bundled the ball past Alex Bowring. 0-1
The opening fifteen minutes of the second half was an even affair with neither defences giving any ground, for Tiverton Danny Clay was a key influence and for the Vikings skipper Ryan Davies was yet again leading by example with his sheer work rate. On the 70th minute Tiverton scored a second through their leading marksman Dave O’Connor. To Sidmouth’s absolute credit they did not fold even though they were reduced to 10 men when Billy Rouse received his marching orders after tangling with Clay. On the 78th minute Sidmouth found the net, Cameron Vere scoring as good a goal as you are likely to see all season. With his back to goal and 20 yards out Vere under tight scrutiny from centre back Ben Ashford, Vere expertly flicked a passed ball over Ashford’s head, Vere spun round and then placed home on the full volley 1-2. By now Sidmouth were full of energy with Vere going agonisingly close with a chipped effort that had Wannell at sixes and sevens but the shot clipped the upright and went out for a goal kick. The impressive Connor Swingler had a shot blocked from eighteen yards out as by now the unbeaten yellows were holding on and resorted to kicking the ball out to touch at every possible opportunity or playing the ball into the opposing corners and running the clock down. On the 88th minute 16 year old Ollie Binion received his marching orders, Binion challenging for a 50/50 ball was adjudged to have gone in too hard and after the normal ‘handbags’, Binion was walking for a shower. Full-time 1-2
Sidmouth From: Bowring, Farrington, Griffiths, Newbery, White, Clenahan, Davies (C), Rouse, Green, Vere & Dixon. Used Subs: Swingler, Binion, Facey. Unused Wellman
Star man Jamie Newbery
Fresha D&E League Div 8 Saturday 12th December 2015
Sidmouth 3rds edged a 10 goal thriller to consolidate their position towards the top of division 8 of the Devon & Exeter League.
Overnight rain had left the fixture in doubt. On arriving at Sandford Sidmouth found a pitch that perfectly fitted in with the beautiful agricultural surroundings. Indeed it was not easy to tell if the ground itself was wet or not! Sidmouth elected to play into the strong gale force winds but the challenge that that created seemed to provide them with a healthy focus for the game. Indeed Sidmouth took the lead with one of the fastest goals in this or any other season. Jimmy Pearse lost his marker to glance a header past the Sandford keeper with barely 30 seconds on the clock. But within 2 minutes Sandford were on level terms with an almost identical goal of their own. And that was to set the pattern for the game, 4 times Sidmouth scored only for Sandford to quickly equalise.
So at half time the scores were equal at 3 goals apiece. Which could have left the Sidmouth players deflated having played some lovely passing football in the challenging conditions but still being unable to shake off the Sandford resistance, Sidmouth then had the benefit of the wind but for the first 15 minutes or so they seemed unable to capitalise on that advantage. But in what was to turn out to be the game changing moment captain Carl Baldwin was upended in the box and Richard Johnson was to coolly hammer the resulting penalty low beyond the Sandford keeper. Even then Sandford managed to come back with their 4th equaliser of the afternoon. With barely 10 minutes remaining it seemed as if there was no way that Sidmouth could shake off their stubborn opponents. But as Sandford tired from their exertions 2 late goals from Johnson & Baldwin sealed a well-deserved but exceptionally hard fought victory.
Contributing great all round leadership and 4 goals was not enough to secure the man of the match award for Richard Johnson! That accolade went to young Connor Murphy whose tireless tackling and intelligent distribution was the abiding memory of a very exciting game.
Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 12th December 2015
Town played at the Sidford pitch on Saturday as the first team were also at home. On a smaller pitch it was a risk but it was agreed that on current form the Reserves are strong at this moment in time.
Within the first five minutes the visiting keeper made two fantastic saves denying Ferenc Bodor. Bodor was to gain the upper hand ten minutes later slotting home after good work by Riki Pitter. Bodor doubled his tally within minutes after good pressure on the keeper resulted in an open goal for the Hungarian goal machine. Town applied the pressure and Mike Stamp went close on two occasions and hopefully next week he will check his studs and stop falling over! It was Stamp who added a third after Bodors pinpoint cross to make it 3-0 going into the interval.
The second period saw Westexe improve and Town again went quiet. Dec Lines was a virtual spectator throughout and was kicking intelligently when called upon. A couple of changes seemed to unsettle the Vikings and frustration got the better of the home side as possession was given up far too easily. In the final quarter Jake Sellick tapped home at the far post and the scoring was completed when the impressive Stamp added his second, reacting first to a loose ball in the penalty area. Lines was called into action in the dying minutes with a great one handed save to protect a clean sheet. On a difficult surface the Vikings should of had more as a combination of good keeping and a poor choice of pass kept the game interesting going into the final third.
The management are able to call on a strong squad at present and travel to Budleigh Salterton next Saturday 3pm ko
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 5th December 2015
Sidmouth went into this game knowing that a win would see them move up to a respectable mid-table position.
The Vikings opted to defend the howling wind in the 1st half and were well marshalled by the vocal Anthony Griffiths, this ensured that goal keeper Alex Bowring was rarely tested. The 1st goal came on the 15th minute with Cameron Vere picking up on a defensive mix-up that saw the home custodian out of position, Vere expertly curled home a left foot effort from 25 yards out. Sidmouth were in complete control of the game and were rewarded for their dominance on the 30th minute when Vere found the net again. The second goal oozed class, Vere jinxed past two defenders before sitting the keeper down and then passing into an empty net. On the 40th minute after keeper Bowring had handled outside of his area, Liverton were awarded a free-kick, which was to be their only shot at goal. The 30 yard wind assisted strike smashed the post and went out for a goal kick, much to the relief of Bowring.
The second half saw Liverton change formation this change saw them overload the midfield, but they still could not find a way past the excellent Sidmouth defence of White, Newbery, Griffiths & Wellman. The greens midfield of Dixon, Davies, Swingler & Evans were a class above, playing quick and decisive football. The third and final goal came on the 65th minute and was fittingly scored by Ashley Small playing in his last game, the tireless forward is embarking on a year’s trip to Australia. The 75th minute saw Vere go desperately close to scoring his 3rd goal, Vere firing over from 3 yards out!! Skipper Davies also missed a glorious chance on 80 minute, Davies blazing over from 20 yards out with an empty goal to aim at.
The Vikings produced an excellent team performance under severe weather conditions.
Sidmouth From: Bowring, White, Newbery, Griffiths, Wellman, Evans, Dixon, Davies (C), Swingler, Small & Vere. Used Subs: Binion, Hodgson & Burrows
Star man Cameron Vere
Devon Intermediate Cup 4th Round Saturday 5th Decmber 2015
Sidmouth 3rds faced their greatest challenge of the season so far when they hosted Newton St Cyres from 2 divisions above them in the 4th round of the Devon Intermediate Cup. Newton were not only from a higher league but their record for the season read played 11, won 10 & drawn 1. Even Sidmouth’s most avid supporters would not have bet upontheir prospects.
Sidmouth started brightly and playing into a strong & blustery wind they followed the pre-match instructions to get the ball down & play to feet. And the combative new midfield pairing of Marriott & Pearse was winning lots of possession. Indeed it was James Pearse who was to tee up Sidmouth’s opening goal when his defence splitting pass released Carl Baldwin who finished with a precise shot past the Newton keeper. Newton were rattled and although they kept trying to play the football that had so clearly served them well all season they were unable to break down the stubborn Sidmouth resistance. Indeed the Sidmouth defence, which was ably and vocally marshalled by Nicolle & Gingell, repelled all that Newton could throw at them.
At half time the Sidmouth management warned against complacency. Although Sidmouth would have the wind behind for the second half the game was far from over.
Although Sidmouth continued to press they were not able to find the second goal that would have eased the tension among the Sidmouth supporters. Worthington came closest after a whipped cross from Blackwood but his instinctive finish flashed past the outside of the post. Sidmouth were to hang on to seal a somewhat improbable victory and a place in the Devon Intermediate Quarter Finals. Although Sidmouth may now be the lowest ranked team left in the competition their performance on Saturday proved that anything remains possible.
Finally commiserations to Newton. Despite losing their unbeaten start to the season they kept playing their football & their graciousness in defeat does them great credit.
This Saturday Sidmouth return to league action with an away fixture at Sandford.
Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 5th December 2015
The Vikings claimed all the points at Endurance Park on a windy Saturday. Within the first five minutes town went 2-0 up with a Will Jenkins well struck shot from the edge of the box and Riki Pitter slotting in after good work from Fez Bodor. Joe Miller added a third from a Pitter pull back on fifteen minutes and this should of been the signal to continue in the same manner and put the game beyond doubt. Lympstone were trying to get in the game but Towns defence stood firm. Mike Stamp had an open goal at his mercy and managed to fall flat on his face after tripping himself up so the score line wasn’t altered.
The second half saw Town struggle to deal with a heavy wind and the hosts managed to score whilst on top. The Vikings responded within minutes and it was Pitter who made the difference with a great turn and strike to make it 4-1 Then came the best moment of the game, Pitter received the ball on the halfway line and was surrounded by three Lympstone players, with a couple of faints, a dragback or two and a swivel of the hips Pitter sent all three defenders the wrong way and weighted a superb through ball to Jenkins to toe poke in. It seemed only right that Pitter added his third and completed the scoring with ten minutes to go.
A very pleasing day for the club with the first team winning away at Liverton and the 3rds having the result of the day beating Newton St Cyres from 2 leagues above in the Devon Intermediate Cup. Next up for the Reserves are Westexe at home but we will host them at Sidford as the first team are also at home and are set to entertain Tiverton Town both games ko 2-15